Saturday, September 4, 2010

Bead making adventures, and a Fall welcoming pot!

As I had mentioned in an earlier post, I was making some beads for a blogging buddy, and I cut long triangles out of magazine pages, and rolled each strip from widest end to narrowest, on a toothpick. I glued in a few strategic places to secure it, and then I painted each bead with glossy clear fingernail polish.

I saw online somewhere the idea of putting each bead on a toothpick (good thing I had just bought a box of 800 last week)!!! Then painting with either shelllac, varnish or fingernail polish and sticking the toothpick into foam to let them dry.

I made a total of 110 beads, and when I was painting them, my husband mentioned one of his female partners at work had started making jewelry with beads. I picked out 10 different ones, for her to use in her creations, and I mailed Lynn 100. She has received them, so it is safe to show them on the blog now.

I have to say that it became addictive and I am still making more to create a few bracelets for my sister who tells me she is wearing a lot of lime green and black these days! Should be fun! I am a person who hates (and basically refuses) to ever make more than one of anything...but with this, each bead is a OOAK (one of a kind), and you never run out of interest. There are also different patterns you can cut out of the paper to make different shapes of beads as well...something I have yet to explore. Here is a basic idea of how to make them and how to cut for different shapes!

I revised this pot of previously living plants to mostly fake ones now, with a few living mixed in. I could not yet bear to part with Donovans last remaining very long stemmed pink Zinnias. I added a little scarecrow for the grands to enjoy and some fake fall leaves and flowers. Little Emily loves to tell me how cute he is, and "Niiiiiicce scrarecrow"! Hehehe. :)

Happy Sunday to you all! Julie


Evelyn said...

And happy sunday to you :)
We used to make these when I was little with the neighbour's kids, for door curtains - so it's like going down memory lane for me. But no fingernail polish then. Just glue them, and bead. Looks like you've got quite a few already. Have fun!

KindredSpirit said...

Love your bead making technique - i feel inspired to try!!!

marianne said...

Wow they look fun!!!
Reminds me of ground school! I remember I made something similar but then around paper clips in the end you hooked up all the paper clips et voila you had a necklace .
So sweet of you to made some for Lynn.
I am sure that she can do amazing things with them.

Have a nice Sunday!

My Little Family: said...

Wow Julie! those are a lot of beads because, like you, i have a hard time making more than one of anything. do we have ADD?

I was envisioning how you made those paper beads when I recalled making about a 100 ft chain out of folded gum wrappers in junior high and high school (took years). did you ever do that?

Bobbie Lynn said...

Hi Julie,
Your paper beads look amazing. I have seen them in chic boutique stores and they are not cheap. You can get really creative with the colors. Can't wait to see when you are done and it looks like a lot of fun. The photo of your Gloriosa is beautiful. Have a wonderful Labor Day and stay cool.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

These beads are so colorful. I can't wait to see what Lynn does with them. How cool is this.

MLF I made those chains out of gum wrappers when I was in Jr Hi. What memory you stirred up.

Lancashire rose said...

Great project and reuse of mags. I remember visiting my aunt in England in the 50s and she had a beaded curtain in her house. I thought it was to prevent flies coming into the room but allowing air in. No screens.

messyfish said...

That's amazing ! Hope she likes them. Ps are you still doing edm? I got stuck on sunglasses...

shirley said...

Your beads are wonderful..and aren't you clever to think of that idea to dry them.

Hope you win the battle with the Okra infesters.

Mandy said...

I haven't been home, but I love these beads! I can't wait to try to make some girls will love it!

Serena said...

Aaron and I made paper beads like this a couple of years much fun and, yes, definitely addictive. Great job, Julie!

Amber Von Felts said...

Those turned out great! What a smart way to up-cycle old magazines!

Judi said...

Hi Julie
I missed this post!
I LOVE your beads...they are wonderful and they are limitless as to what they can look like. Love them.

You should open up an Etsy shop and sell some.....or...sell them on your blog!

hope you are having a great day!