I watched a really good video on youtube about making paper beads. I have to say that many of the videos I watched were not really that good. But this one is excellent. If you are interested, here is the link. Click here. I learned some really excellent techniques from her. I have watched every video I could find, and have really come to the conclusion that I need to make a video too. My main thinking is that I have taken what I have learned and now have put my own twist on it. Also, I was so obsessed that I would have gladly welcomed another good video.
So three weeks ago I came to China again with my husband for his work. I brought several things to do while I'm here, but the one thing I've spent most of my time doing is making paper beads! I made a necklace for myself before I left home, and now I plan on making some for gifts for others. I actually can't believe how many I've made here in China. But they are turning out so beautiful, and I think the necklaces will be pretty.
A week or so ago I went with a friend to the pearl market here in Su Zhou. I did buy some inexpensive pearls for gifts, but honestly, I prefer my paper beads to real pearls! The lady I bought from also sold me some strands of beads to take back to use in making the necklaces. I certainly couldn't buy them that cheap back in the States! I also bought some black necklace cords. But enough talking, let me show you some pictures of the beads I've been making!
I bought a small plastic box to put my beads in. Then I decided I really needed some way to sort them by color, so I made paper boxes to store them in, inside the box. I also bought a plastic box with organizing sections in it, but it didn't have enough walls, so I made some out of paper. Here is that box:
You use permanent markers to color the beads, and just before I came to China, I bought some metallic ones. They really make nice beads!
Here is a picture of the one I made for myself. I added small clear beads in between, and also found some larger pink beads at a good price, so mixed them in too.
Now I can't wait to get home and glaze them so I can start stringing them! :)