The key to successful paper bead making is having the right tool.
When I first began making my own very crude tools to make paper beads, I used bamboo which I split and bound to create the slot needed to 'trap' the paper when you wind it.
That worked ok but the beads were not always easy to remove once finished. They would get stuck and pull the centre out of the bead sometimes - very annoying!
So I worked hard to create the perfect paper beading tool to make the process enjoyable instead of frustrating.
I was no stranger to making my own tools and had used wood to create handles for various tools since I was quite young.
I used my paper bead tools for many years, often making them for other people and then selling them to my workshop students.
But once the internet arrived and I became familar with online selling, the world really opened up to me and I began selling my tools online and I branched out into downloadable paper bead strip templates to make life easier for crafters who hated all the measuring and drawing lines.
My bead tools have been through many changes of handles and I have recently come back to one of my original handles which has a gentle curve.
My students tell me they prefer that to the straight handle.
More recently, I have added a paper bead strip stencil to my range of paper bead supplies.
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