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Paper Beads

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Webmasters note: These paper beads are fun to make, light weight and a good way to use up scraps of decorative paper, colorful magazine pages, and lots of other things.
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These are gorgeous paper beads submitted by Papers By Catherine
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1) Cut the cotton tips off some q-tips and discard the cotton tip.
2) Cut your papers in an elongated triangle shape as shown in the diagram below. Start with a piece about 8-10 inches long and 1 inch wide to start with, then you can experiment from there and try other sizes.

3) Apply glue to the wide end about 1/2 inch down from the edge as shown in the diagram below.

4) Lay the q-tip across the wide end and begin to roll.

Note: You can apply glue as you go as in the following diagram, but it's not really necessary.

5) Glue the end of the paper to the bead to finish as shown in the diagram below and when the glue is dry, slide the bead off the q-tip stick.

Options and Notes:

a- To make them shorter, cut the strip more narrow.
b- To make them fatter, cut the strip longer.
c- To make them shiny, you can apply a coat of clear nail polish. I stick the q-tip into a a piece of foamcore for them to dry and remove the q-tip stick after the polish dries.
d- IMPORTANT: To thread them onto your fibers, use a dental floss threader, available at any pharmacy store.

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