How to make round paper beads – my secrets revealed.
How to make round paper beads – yes, I have addressed this paper beading mystery before – click here to see.
But I have returned to address it again because I know so many people have this issue.
We are all familiar with the traditional tapered paper beads that Victorian ladies made.
But for many people, that elusive rounder shape isn’t so easy.
The trick to getting that rounder shape is starting out with a very long paper bead strip.
And in my new YouTube video, I have made it very long and turned it into three parts.
In my previous 2020 post about how to make round paper beads, I made a round paper bead template in two parts.
This was to help you get the length needed without having to use a long piece of paper.
The length is needed because the taper needs to be very gradual to get a rounder shape into your paper bead.
Whatever base width you start with, the taper needs to be more gradual than regular beads.
And it needs to taper away gently to a slim point.
So paper length and angle of taper is a problem for many crafters who have not figured out that equation.
It can be hard to find the right thickness of paper in the length needed to achieve this.
Because you need 200 gsm paper (well light card stock really) that is 35 inches long.
Getting the correct paper thickness is crucial to getting the same beads I have made here.
How to make round paper beads is all in the math.
And it’s a challenge to get the maths right!
By that I mean the relationship between the bead strip base width and the taper angle.
Yes, you can roll thinner paper strips in layers but that is too fiddly for me to cope with!
I’m too impatient😬; I like to make my beads with more substantial papers.
So I have worked out the base width versus the angle of taper and created another bead strip resource.
This time I have made it even longer and made it in three parts instead of two.
And using the three parts has created a more rounded shape than my previous two part template.
Most people won’t want the hassle of using 35 inch long paper, so, I have made it easy for you.
Instead of one long tapered strip, I have created a set of three strips for printing on one sheet.
I have made sure the tapered sections all match up.
So it’s the same as using a 35 inch strip but easier to handle.
For this project I used 200 gsm paper/card, I think that equates to around 80lb in the USA.
I say ‘paper/card’ because 200gsm isn’t quite paper and it’s not really card either.
The paper/card I used here was from Rymans in the UK. Just straight up 200gsm white card.
But if you can’t get that where you are, any white card that is suitable for Inkjet printing should do.
But the real magic in the necklace I made from my beads is in the paint.
Oh my goodness how I love my new paint!
I am an Arteza acrylic paint fan but I also tried out Magicfly Iridescence paints and they are glorious!
My beads started out as white from the card and I was surprised at how easily the paint covered them.
I did do two coats to be sure but one coat had really covered the white well.
There a couple of Magicfly Iridescence acrylic paint sets in my Amazon stores.
They can also be used for pouring, unlike the set I got in the UK, but the colors are the same.
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