Paper Beads From Rubbish/Garbage
A few weeks back, I was in The Range in a town far far away from where I live.
I was looking at all the enticing art and craft supplies as usual but not seeing quite what I wanted.
My creations with paper beads have turned me off expensive supplies.
Pretty as pre-printed paper is, I love the challenge of making paper beads from the unusual and the unwanted.
Imagine my total excitement when I found this (see pic below) in a garbage/rubbish bin with a load of junk that had been swept up off the floor!Elegant paper beads from rubbish/stroke garbage off the floor. Click To Tweet
Paper beads made from garbish (see what I did there?) are so satisfying to make.
Much to the surprise of my friend Vesica who was with me, I pounced on the bin and removed two scrappy pieces of wall paper that had clearly been ripped off a sample rolls and then left on the floor.
But then I had a dilemma. Would it be shop-lifting if I walked out with stuff I had taken out of the bin?
So I walk over to the two young lads who worked in that area and wait my turn to speak during their two man impromptu staff meeting near the wall paper display and I ask if I can please have these two pieces of rubbish that I had removed from their bin.
There was a stunned silence as they looked first at me then each other and then back at me.
“I want to make paper beads from it” I said hoping to clarify the situation for them. It didn’t.
Then I realised, they were confused that someone was asking if they could remove two scraps of meaningless rubbish from their shop.
Yes, they both said while nodding slowly and staring at me as if they might be on a prank TV show.
And I walked away a very happy woman having just got the best craft material in the store – for free.
And here are the paper beads I created with my free rubbish…
And here is the necklace I made from the paper beads…
You don’t need to spend a fortune to make beautiful things.
So now you need to go forth and find junk to make stuff out of. Forget expensive papers, when it comes to paper beads, absolutely anything you can roll will do the trick.
Paper Bead Making Tools Available in My Etsy Shop
The Original Easy Beady Paper Bead Making Tool is my own design and is manufactured in my own workshops.
If you decide to get into paper bead making, please make sure you get the Original Easy Beady Tool which has the shaft inserted under pressure by a special process created exclusively for my business, to ensure durability.
Beware of unauthorised copies that look similar.
We also have available The Easy Beady Bead Tools with the original handle.
We are gradually phasing out the straight handles and returning to the original design with the more shapely handle which is easier for many people to hold.
After listening to students in my workshops tell me which handles they preferred, I decided to go back to the handles I used for my very first bead tools, many moons ago now!
You can find these tools here in my Etsy shop.
Try out these tools, you will find them much easier to use than messing around with other implements where the paper keeps slipping and you can’t wind the strips tightly enough.
And have fun making millions of pretty paper beads!