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How to Make Round Paper Beads
These instructions are for making round paper beads from any type of paper. The basic techniques are the same no matter what paper you use or what the thickness of the paper is that you use.
Finished Round Beads before Glazing
What you Need

Any Paper
Ruler
Pencil
Scissors or other way to cut your strips
You can use a guillotine cutter or a rotary cutter, quilters ruler and cutting mat.




Measure 1/2inchStep 1: Determine what length paper you are going to use and stick to that length. To determine how big a round bead you can get from this length. Cut a half inch wide straight strip from this paper. Remember which side you cut the strip from and only cut this paper on that side.

As you can see in the picture, I use a quilters ruler, rotary cutter and cutting mat to cut my paper into strips. The ruler has 1/8, 1/4, 1/2 markings which makes it so much easier to mark the paper and cut it accurately.


Roll Test Bead

Step 2: Roll your bead on which ever bead roller you want to use for the desired size hole you want. Set bead aside for a moment.

Step 3: Place your ruler in front of you on your work surface.

Step 4: Place one of the flat ends of the bead on your ruler to measure how wide or thick your bead is. This measurement determines how wide to make the wide end of your tapered paper strip from the sheet of paper you cut your straight strip from. If your bead is 1/4" wide, you need to make the wide end of your tapered strip 1/4" wide. Make sure when you cut your tapered strip, the narrow end comes to a centered point. Centered point, meaning, your point needs to be centered to your wide end. You can use calipers if you have them to get the diameter of the beads. It would be more accurate.


Mark Side One Mark Side 2
Step 5: Mark your sheet of paper with your measurements starting the first mark 1/2 of the wide end of your tapered strip measure ment. So if your beads are to be 1/4" wide at the widest end, start your marks on one side of your sheet at 1/8" and the other side at the 1/4" mark. If you need to make faint pencil lines to connect your dots from one end of your sheet to the other.


Step 6: Cut your strips on the faint pencil lines or from mark to mark with your scissors, rotary cutter or guillotine cutter. I did not make faint pencil lines but I did use my rotary cutter and cutting mat to cut from marking to marking.

Step 7: Roll your beads with the same bead rolling tool you used for your sample tube bead.

Tip for fat round beads: If you want to make a fatter bead, you can layer your papers and go through the same process.

The beads in the picture are not perfect but as long as you make your measurements as precise as possible, you can get a round bead. The larger beads are made with 2 layers of paper rolled together. They are a bit harder to make but as you can see, it is possible.

Tip for Remembering How you made the round bead you just made with out having to go through these steps every time.
Make yourself a notebook and keep information about what paper you used, how long you cut the strips, and how fat the bead is when you used that paper. Also note which bead rolling tool you used and how big the hole is in the finished bead. Do this for every round bead you make and soon all you will need to do is look it up in your notebook the next time you want to make a specific round bead.

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