Paper Bead Making 101
These instructions are for making beads from any type of paper. The basic techniques are the same no matter what paper you use or what the designs are on the paper that you use.
Paper Bead Making Materials
You will need some basic materials to make your beads. This is where you can be very creative and experiment with different papers, cutting methods and finishes.
You can use any type of paper you can imagine. In this section you will learn what papers you can use for paper beads and my experiences with each one.
Set Up Your Printer
This section explains how to set up your printer for printing bead sheets.
Glazing Your Beads
On this page you will find out what glues and finishes can be used for glazing the beads.
Bead Making Tools
You will need a number of tools to make the beads and the following sections explain the tools and how to use them.
Cutting The Papers
There are several ways you can cut your papers into strips. This section talks about my experiences with each one.
Rolling The Beads
There are various methods to roll the beads, this page explains how.
Drying Paper Beads
This page explains the various ways to dry your glazed beads whether you dip them or brush on the glaze.
Paper Beads As Art
Paper bead making to me is an art! Not only can you create your own papers to make into beads but you can turn those beads into all sorts of things! You need to start with the basics of bead making though and below wer just a few different types of beads you can make. I will be adding more types in the future.
Roundish Paper Beads
In this section I explain the process to start making paper beads that are round or almost round. Making perfectly round beads is very tricky!
Pandora Inspired Beads
In this section I will teach you how I make pandora or European style paper beads including the little metal eyelet that is inserted into them.
Little Cardstock Beads
In this tutorial, I teach you how you can recycle some cardstock and how to create these little pink beads.