Split Pin Bead Rollers
- Cut your strips and get them ready.
- Get your white glue ready by pouring some onto a disposable palate. You can use a piece of paper or a plastic lid, or what ever you want.
- Get a toothpick or small craft brush ready to use for applying the glue to the end of the strip when you are about finished rolling the strip.
- Hold the handle of your bead maker in either your right or left hand. Insert end of paper strip in split pin making sure the side you want on the outside of your bead is facing down or away from you at the opposite end of the end that is in the slotted pin. Pull the strip of paper so it is just is inside the split pin so you can barely see the edge of the paper poking through. Start winding the pin away from you in a clock wise winding motion or counter clockwise if you are left handed. TIP: If you are having a hard time keeping the ends of the 1/16" or 3/32" pin together, use the tiny stabilizer beads you got with your set. Use it to stablize your pins when you are rolling the other beads. Using this stablizer will make rolling card stock and other thicker papers easier. (This was my husband's idea! It works great! ) I made sure you had at least 5 just in case you should lose one.
- Just as you are getting to the end of the strip, use your toothpick to apply the glue to the end of the strip to secure the end in place. Pull the bead off the pin.
- Use a pin tool to clean up the inside of the bead. Stick the pin inside the bead and place the beads inside the palm of your hand and roll up and down to open up the center of the hole of the bead to get rid of the little end of paper.
- Put bead on the end of a tooth pick and stick into a block of foam. I use blocks of foam from packing materials.
- When you have several beads rolled. Apply glaze to each bead one at a time with a craft brush. I use one coat of Judikins Diamond Glaze, available at Amazon.com, for my beads. I really only need one coat of glaze! When glazing the tube beads, brush on the glaze to the top and sides, when they are dry, turn the bead over, put it back on the toothpick and brush on the glaze to the other side and allow the beads to dry completely before using them in your jewelry, usually overnight. With the Glaze I use, I can handle them in about 20 minutes before I turn them over the glaze the other end. I can use them the next day for my jewelry.
Slotted Pin Bead Rollers
- Do the same thing as for Split Pin Paper Bead Rollers but you will not need the Stabilizer Beads since the winding tip is not made of split pins!
- Hold the handle of your bead roller in either your right or left hand. Insert end of paper strip in slotted pin making sure the side you want on the outside of your bead is facing down or away from you at the opposite end of the end that is in the slotted pin. Start winding the pin away from you in a clock wise winding motion or counter clockwise if you are left handed.