Tubular by craftymeg

Tubular

I have just finished this set of believe it or not paper beads. They were quietly satisfying to make and I am very pleased with what they look like. I just have to decide in a way of using them, I’m thinking a macrame bracelet. They are 3/4” long and just over 1/4 wide and surprisingly strong and very pretty.
Nice on black

Thank you for all your lovely comments and favs all are appreciated and welcome.
Well done. Please show us what you did with them.
January 3rd, 2020  
Oh they look very cool .. clever lady ..
January 3rd, 2020  
Clever girl ! They look very decorative - looking forward to see the finished item !
January 3rd, 2020  
I though at first they were ceramic, then find out they're paper. Be interesting to see what you do with them.
January 3rd, 2020  
I thought they were ceramic too. Very beautiful, well done.
January 3rd, 2020  
beautiful
January 3rd, 2020  
Gosh, those have such pretty designs. They do look ceramic. What sort of paper did you use? I look forward to seeing how you use them.
January 3rd, 2020  
They are beautiful and would probably make a wonderful bracelet.
January 3rd, 2020  
Wonderful.
January 3rd, 2020  
Wow! You are very creative. I thought they were ceramic. Great shot of your beautiful beads.
January 3rd, 2020  
There seems no end to your talents
January 4th, 2020  
Oh these are so beautiful! You are very multi-talented! Truly!
January 4th, 2020  
They are beautiful. How did you make them.
January 4th, 2020  
Wow! Beautiful! Creative you!
January 4th, 2020  
They are fascinating. Do tell us more about them.
January 4th, 2020  
You are so artistic and there seems to be no end to your talents. They are absolutely stunning, love the tones and patterns. I too would like to know how you made them :-)
January 4th, 2020  
wow I can't even imagine making these - well done!
January 4th, 2020  
You are so clever - these look for all the world like ceramic beads!
January 4th, 2020  
Nice shot
January 4th, 2020  
great presentation of your creative art. Well done!
fav
Now to see the finished product - bracelet
January 4th, 2020  
@sdutoit @beryl @beryl @gamelee @randystreat @ninaganci
Hi all, I will most certainly post a photo when I finally use them, just not sure what I am making yet!
January 4th, 2020  
@randystreat @jgpittenger @ludwigsdiana
Hi, everyone, best info to find out how to make paper beads is on YouTube, there are lots of tutorials, take your pick! I had a basic knowledge and have made them before but they are very easy to make.

You need coloured magazines or craft paper
A knitting needle or something to wind on. You can get bead winding tools on eBay but check YouTube for ideas on what to use.
Cut the paper into 3/4” strips (these are very basic) there are lots of shapes that can be made.
A Glue stick
Gloss finish- mod podge -varnish-the beads I showed had 3 coats of top coat clear nail varnish
Grommets to fit hole glued in place or colour with a metallic pen.

To make
Wind strips of paper firmly but not too tight around your tool. Glue end stick down. Paint them with gloss or nail varnish leaving them to dry between coats.
I used my printed patterned paper I use in my card work but you can get good results with glossy magazines, books, maps, or any thing that’s colourful.
I hope you have a go, it’s not an expensive hobby!!
Check YouTube!
January 4th, 2020  
@craftymeg That sounds great Margaret, thanks so much for the info. I'm afraid my arthritic fingers might not be able to handle it though. ;-)
January 5th, 2020  
@ludwigsdiana
Hi Diana, I know what you mean about your fingers but honestly I have really bad arthritis in both my hands and I have made such a lot of them in the last few days. It’s addictive and satisfying and my hands are not any worse because of it. I have given myself a rest at the moment as I have enough (about 10 sets) for several projects. One thing I have learnt is never do anything till it hurts!!
January 5th, 2020  
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