Back then, we made it simple because we only wore it once, but now I add some things to it. I don't really know anything about jewelry making, but I learned the basics from YouTube. I am so satisfied with the outcome of my first jewelry project.
Approximate Time: 45 minutes to 1 hour
For making beads:
For the earrings:
For the bracelet and necklace:
Making the beads:
Note: If you want a longer size beads, make the base wider and if you want shorter beads, make the base narrower. If you want wider diameter size beads, use thicker paper magazine and vice versa.
Caution: When using the nail polish, use a mask because the fumes are so strong. *You can use any paint color you desire. I did not use colored paint on my beads because I used multicolored magazine pages and I liked it the way it is.
Earring assembly: Lower part (make two)
Upper part (make two)
By Nelly from Estacada, OR
Approximate Time: 30 minutes to 1 hour
Try it. Soon you will have jewelry to match every outfit. The beaded jewelry makes great Christmas gifts as well.
By Pam from McMinnville, TN
This is a great kids project, or if they are not around, I send them to my grandchildren!
By Denise from Mcrae, GA
Approximate Time: 3 minutes to 3 hours!
The "wrong" picture also shows beads made from a single piece of paper. The bead design doesn't come out very pretty. The "right" picture shows beads made from two, different colored, pieces of paper (or junk mail). This gives the cool "spiral" effect. You just line the pieces of paper up and carefully roll them into a bead, just like you would with a single piece of paper. But make sure to put glue on *both* pieces of paper when gluing the bead at the end.
Having paper with photos, or many different colors also makes a prettier bead. A piece of white paper with black writing will make for a rather boring looking bead. Of course, pairing that white paper with a piece of red construction paper will give a great spiral effect.
I want to make my own paper (or whatever you might suggest that doesn't cost a ton and use $75 worth of product) beads to incorporate into crocheted jewelry, but I don't know how to start and what to use. Please help. Thanks.
By Linda from Stony Creek, NY
You might try making your own polymer clay beads. You can usually get the clay (Fimo, Sculpey, Premo, etc.) for about $1 each in many bright colors and there are numerous web sites to tell you how to use it. Just google polymer clay instructions.