by Gilly·Comments Off on Saucer Beads – What Are They?
Saucer beads can be quite tricky to master when you first get into making paper beads.
I tried all sorts of ways but then I found the best way to make saucer beads of all different sizes is to use the layering process.This works best of all for me.
To make the necklace you see above, I used an old 12 x 12 inch sheet of scrapbooking paper I had laying around. I cut it into quarter inch tapered strips and then layered them to get a variety of shapes and sizes.
Saucer beads of varying sizes can add shape and design to a necklace.
I designed this necklace on paper before I even made the beads, so I knew what shape the necklace would be. Using the saucer beads gives the necklace a focal point.
Having one larger one in the centre, followed by two smaller ones on either side and then two even smaller ones breaks up the line of the necklace.
One of the reasons I designed and made the Easy Beady paper bead tool was because I struggled to make paper beads that were of a consistent high quality.
The first very basic implements I made to roll beads, back in the mists of time, were from bamboo skewers, but they often dragged the middle of the beads out when I tried to pull them off the stick.
Large beads made with very narrow strips were very difficult to master using a bamboo roller and I experimented over the years with lots of different ideas using a stainless steel shaft with various wooden, plastic and paper handles.
But the only part that mattered the most was the stainless still shaft which made my paper bead making so much easier.
Saucer beads, while still fairly tricky, are much easier with a bead tool. My tools is available to buy on Esty. You can find them by clicking here.
The 5mm tool gives you a 5mm threading hole through your beads which is ideal for making Pandora style paper beads (also known as European style beads) which usually get threaded onto heavier weight stringing materials such as leather, or snake chain bracelets.
With this paper bead tool and some practice, you will be making brilliant saucer beads to make gorgeous jewellery to wear or give as gifts.
If you have any questions about saucer beads or any aspects of paper bead making, please contact me via the contact form.
I do hold paper bead workshops in Suffolk where I cover everything from the very basics for beginners to more advanced techniques such as layering for making saucer beads.
If you would prefer to have a go at making saucer beads on your own or live too far away to attend a workshop – just order the paper bead tool or any other of my paper bead supplies by following the links above.
With the paper bead tool, you will never get mad at junk mail again!
Instead, you will be saying thank you for all the wonderful free paper you are getting.
And think of the thrill when you make a really beautiful bracelet out of something that used to annoy you! Make unique presents that have cost you next to nothing.
Or create your own art work and make some really colourful beads that are truly unique and cannot be copied.
The possibilities for creating paper beads of all different shapes and sizes is endless with the paper bead tool.
I really enjoy colouring designs on plain paper and then making beads from it. If you add several coats of glaze, they look so amazing, no one guesses they are made from paper.
After experimenting with lots of different materials for many years, I came up with a paper bead tool that I absolutely loved using.
The design was nice and simple and very easy to use. It rolled nice tight beads that were easy to slide off and I was happy with that.
I eventually made the tools in two sizes, 3mm and 5mm.
The 3mm size allows you to make beads with a smaller core for threading on finer stringing material up to almost 3mm thick.
The 5mm size allows you to make beads with a larger core for threading on thicker stringing materials such as leather or Pandora style bracelets.
After the paper bead tool issue was conquered, I set about making myself templates to use over and over again so I didn’t have to measure every time.
For many years I used my drawn out templates with carbon paper because I had no printer or computer in those days.
Eventually, I refined my templates to sell to other people that I was teaching in craft groups.
In recent times, I extended that further to create downloadable templates for sale online that people can print off and stick onto their craft paper with removable glue tape while they cut with a craft knife.
And then I designed a set that can be used with electronic cutters such as Silhouette Cameo.
For easy cutting of paper bead strips without all the hassle of measuring and drawing lines, I have designed some templates you can download from my etsy shop.
They are very easy to use. Click here to find out how you can use my templates to cut quick, easy strips and then use the template paper to make more beads so there is no waste! You can also use the templates in image editing software such as Photoshop to overlay onto printable designs.
Easy ways to cut paper bead strips.
There are two ways to use the downloadable templates.
You can print the template, fix it to your chosen bead paper with removable adhesive tape and cut your strips along the lines with ruler and craft knife.
The picture to the left shows strips cut with that method. As you can see, this gives you the strips cut in your chosen paper and the left-over template strips. You can hand colour those with Sharpies and make more beads. No waste!
Or you can overlay the png file onto an image on screen (see the blue design above), print it and cut along the printed lines with ruler and craft knife or a guillotine. Visit my etsy shop today to get your downloadable templates.
Please note – we have now changed the handle design of the Easy Beady Paper Bead Tool back to the original one I used when we first began making paper bead tools for my students to buy.
The bead tool demonstrated in the video is the one that we produced to sell online to be lighter weight and easier for posting all over the world.
The original handle we used was bigger and heavier and pushed up postage costs. However, my workshop students who have tried both handle styles over the years preferred the heavier, more curvy handle on the 5mm tool and most people said they found the grip better on the curvier 3mm tool handle.
So we took the decision to sell the online paper bead tools with the old style handle.
We have also released our Easy Beady paper bead strip stencil template for sale on Etsy.