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
Making Paper Beads
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Love your jewelry. I have lots of magazines and now i know what to do with them! Thanks for sharing. Dorothy
Nicely done Nelly. I much prefer making my own beads to purchasing mass produced stuff. I make mine using dichroic glass with a micro kiln.
I make paper beads and make necklaces for the Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts. They are so colorful. Each one is different and I too add inexpensive store bought plastic beads to highlight them. Used Martha Stewart magazines are the best I have found.
I don't make or wear jewelry but I think this idea would be wonderful to use in my mixed media paper mosaic art! Thanks for a great tutorial!
Thank you jlyoung! I never tried doing purse out of magazine. Do you have instructions on how to make purse out of magazine? Maybe you can share it.
Beautiful! I love these beads and to think, you will never run into anyone who has jewelry like yours! I also cut 1/4" strips the entire length of the magazine and used a 1/4" punch to cut out circles and put on the ends of the beads after they were coiled and sealed. I coated them with shellac after I sealed them. Sometime if you felt like doing something different with the magazines, make a purse. The crafts are endless with these types of beads. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you for liking my craft. Here are some of my creations. I used some glass beads in it too.
I am going to make some to to put on my walking sticks I make out of tree branches. I garnish them with beads on ribbon to keep flies and bees away from me when I walk. I love beads. I don't wear earrings or necklaces but the bracelets are darling.
Knowing my endless curiosity, I am going to see how big of one of these beads I can make for art, and then try to make one that is microscopic.
Thanks for sharing! I can tell I am going to have fun with this!
This is a really nice craft to have mastered and your jewelry turned out exceptionally well. Easy to understand instructions and great pictures make this a winner. Thumbs Up, and thank you for sharing with us. You could continue making jewelry exactly this way and sell it at craft shows. if you were interested in a "Happy Buck".
Good Luck to you,
Your jewelry is beautiful! And I love the step-by-step pictures. I have a ton pf old magazines, and I'm going to try this as soon as possible.
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