Paper beads are simple to make and a few rubber stamping techniques are all that is required to make beautiful and unusual beads. The basic technique can be adapted in many ways to achieve different effects. This is also a good way to use up odds and ends of paper. Even the most unpromising looking paper can make striking beads.
You don't need to follow a template, however a simple template is attached if required. The template has been designed specifically for rubber stamping. Instead of tapering to a point, there is a small strip that is just wide enough to display some rubber stamping.
By varying the size and shape of the paper, very different bead designs can be created.
Beads in the Picture
From left to right:
- Bead created from paper that has been stamped, with a row of glitter glue dots along each edge
- Bead created from a scrap of paper that has been colored with alcohol inks and over stamped
- Piece of scrapbooking paper that has been stamped in a complementary colored ink
- Basic paper bead created from a piece of stamped paper
- Bead created from scrapbooking paper and vellum that were stamped and stuck together before rolling
- Bead created from paper used as packaging
- Rubber stamps, inks, embossing powders, glitter glue and any other embellishments
- Craft adhesive, any adhesive suitable for paper will be work well
- Thin knitting needle or cocktail sticks
- Diluted pva glue to seal the beads (optional)
Paper Bead Projects