Make Paper Bead Jewelry | Vesna Taneva-Miller | Skillshare

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6 Lessons (11m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Philosophy Behind Green Crafting

    • 3. Shaping Your Paper

    • 4. Making The Beads

    • 5. Assembling The Necklace

    • 6. Wrap Up + More Ideas

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About This Class

In this fun bite-sized class we'll cover the process of making your own paper beads, then in turn make those beads into beautiful and stylish necklaces and earrings!

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Vesna Taneva-Miller

Artist, crafter, DIY-er


I am a mixed media artist working mostly with watercolors, textiles and often with recycled materials.  My work has been published in over a dozen Stampington & Company publications.  I have taught kids classes at the Vision Gallery in Chandler, AZ as well as volunteer for Art Masterpiece at my kids' school.  For more about me here are some links: blog -  IG: @vesnatanevamiller  Etsy: 

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1. Intro: time. My name is Vesna in today. Or did you have to make paper beats from grocery paper bags, comic books, magazines or whatever people you have laying around? Our finished product will be a necklace that paper bag. 2. Philosophy Behind Green Crafting: my philosophy behind Green crafting goes something like this. I grew up in Macedonia, in the heart off the Balkan peninsula. In growing up, I watched my mom and my grandmother is being very crafty. My mom grow shade and she made us close. My grandmother's spun yarn devolved. They made drugs. They didn't have any fancy materials. They used what they had on hand. They practiced what today is known as green crafting repurpose ing. Existing materials did did this out of necessity and frugality, and actually, I'm not sure that their craft stores in Macedonia. I love green crafting. I love pushing the boundaries in figuring out what I can make with materials I have on hand , especially materials that are soon to be trash. Aside from helping Lee and forced, I really like the materials. Get a second life a second chance to be useful and to have another purpose. Using paper grocery bags is one of my favorite materials, especially when the bag already has artwork on it. Grocery bags from Trader Joe's sprouts and Whole Foods are really great. They usually have something printed already. That it ends up being a cool surprise is you're making a paper beads, my husband and kids also comic book fans and the comic book pages. There are also great material for paper beans. The many callers on the pages make a visually interesting paper bead. So I hope you find the project that I'm going to share with you today. Interesting and fun, and I hope you give it a shot. 3. Shaping Your Paper: play the paper bags, glad to cut it open and then trim it down to about 11 or 12 inches in length. The next thing we'll do is a cut it into strips. I use the paper Truman for this, but you can use an Exacto knife or scissors. I got my strips down to about inch and 1/2 or one inch wide. The with off the strip will determine the size off the bead. The length of this strip will determine the bulky nous over the bead. The next step used to tape her the strips into wedges. I did this so that way I get the beads to be somewhat of an oblong shape. If you don't paper it, if you just leave it in a strip form, then your bead will end up being like a cylinder type of bead experiment what it to get the desired shape. I also ended up using the ends or the sides all the strip that I taper down so those strips you can use as well and those will give you smaller beads 4. Making The Beads: So after you have got enough strips the next step used to roll the beads, I use a toothpick. For this, you can start at the wider end off the strip. And be sure to leave the pattern a side of the paper on the outside. So start rolling until you get just a few layers, and after that you can take the toothpick out. That's what I did, although you can keep rolling on the toothpick until the very end. I like to take the toothpick out, because then I would use my thumb in my index finger to kind of center. The bead is it gets tapered, so the middle part of the bead will keep getting the thinner paper or the thinner end of the strip and will make it kind of like oblong. So when you come to the last about one inch off the strip, put some tacky glue to hold the bead close, and when you get enough beads rolled, then you can seal them with triple thick. You can get this at the craft store, so what this will do is number one. It will make your beads very shiny, and it will also protect them from wear and tear 5. Assembling The Necklace: our next step used to assemble the necklace. For this process, you will need the following supplies. You'll need beating wire pliers and to stop for beans. I used the bead trade to lay out my beads. You know desired pattern. I also used additional beads from a broken necklace in order to add length and more visually appealing texture to my piece. Start by cutting a piece of wire about 20 to 25 inches in length and then make a loop on one end by feeding the wire through the stopper bead. Then close the stopper being with your players. Offer that string all of your beads when you're done, make a loop again in the same weight as in the beginning. Not for the next step. I used Sorry silk, but you don't have to. You can make your entire necklace out of paper beads, in which case you have to cut a longer wire in the beginning. Or you can use a M any jewelry chain to complete your necklace. Are you sorry? Still, because I like getting textiles to my jewelry. So what I did is I cut about 20 to 25 inches off sorry. Silk Strip. And then time ends to the loop I made with the beating wire. Then what I did is I used embroidery thread to stitch up the tail off the sorry silk so the piece looks more finished. 6. Wrap Up + More Ideas: I hope you enjoy the class and are feeling inspired to create something. The possibilities are endless. You can make necklaces like what I did. You can hearings. You can decorate a journal. Don't forget to show your work in the project, not gallery when you're done. I love to see what you make and thank you for watching.