King Midas paper beads with a touch of gold

In this post about paper bead techniques you will find the following:

  • A link to my YouTube video showing how to make gold tipped paper beads.
  • The free printable downloads I have for you in this post and the links to download them.
  • A brief outline of why I created this technique and how it benefits your paper bead making.
  • Links to my Etsy shop where you can buy my paper bead making tools and bead strip template I use in the video.
  • Links to my Amazon shops where you can buy many other craft tools and supplies.

(If you want to jump straight to the video, click here.)

Paper bead techniques, if used creatively, can add something very special to your finished paper beads.

The thing that has always bugged me about paper beads is leaving the ends unfinished.

Depending on the shape of your bead, you can sometimes use metal bead cores to finish them off nicely and give your beads a bit more strength and rigidity, as with the pink European Style paper bead in the image below.

But what if you are rolling tapered beads? Most tapered beads are not suitable for bead cores, as you can see in the image below of the blue bead.

The bead on the left does not have the right shape to accomodate a metal bead core.

So I spent ages trying to think of a paper bead technique that would address the issue of unfinished ends/core holes.

And BAM! It finally hit me a few weeks back how I could strengthen the ends of tapered beads while giving them a really finished, professional look.

You can see the video showing how I did it by clicking here to go to my YouTube channel.

Developing and trying out new paper bead techniques keeps crafting interesting and fresh.

So I was pleased when I tried my idea out and it really worked well. I’ve called these beads my Midas beads because it’s just as if King Midas touched the ends to give them a touch of gold 😍

This is what I made with them.

You can see how to string a necklace like this in the video.
This technique gave a lovely golden glow to my bracelet – you can see how to do it in the video.

But I didn’t stop at gold!

When I designed the free printables that I wanted to give away with the post. I did one of the designs in various blues.

That was for Allison, one of my subscribers who lives in Australia with her cat YumYum who also likes my videos 😻. We chat sometimes online and she told me she likes all shades of blue and pinks.

So what did I do? I forgot to add in some pink to the design! Anyway Allison, at least I remembered the shades of blue! Hope you like it.

And as blue is a cooler color, I made the ends of the beads silver which works pretty nicely.

I made these using the free printable and the paper bead technique shown in my video.

So here are the two designs I did for crafters to download, click the links

To use the free printables, you will need to print them off, cut the bead strips and use a paper bead tool to roll the strips into beads.

(Please click here to read the Terms & Conditions of using any of my free printables.)

If you are new to paper bead making, you can find out how the process works by watching my video.

It’s unusual for me to cut my paper bead strips by hand now.

I used to use my plastic paper bead template to mark out my paper bead strips on the printed designs and then I would cut them along my drawn lines using a metal ruler, cutting mat and craft knife.

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And that is fine for most people. But as I cut so many paper bead strips, I now use my electronic cutter, which I touch on briefly in the video.

It is so much easier and quicker to let the cutter do the work. I use the Silhouette Cameo machine.

My Silhouette Cameo cutting machine

You can check out this machine in my Amazon shops.

https://www.amazon.com/shop/rainbowlane

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I have also added the Arteza Irridescent paints that I use in the video, to my UK Amazon storefront. Unfortunately, the same paints are showing as unavailable on Amazon.com right now so I added a set of metallic paints that I know are very good for people who shop on .com.

Paper bead tools and templates.

If you don’t want to go to the expense of buying an electronic cutter, check out my bead strip templates in my Etsy shop. You will find my paper bead rolling tools there too.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ImagesForCrafts

free printable designs
My 5mm & 3mm paper bead tools
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My paper bead strip template – four sizes in one.

Have fun using the free printables, there will be more in my next post.

If you have any questions, either leave a comment here or go over to my YouTube channel and leave a message in the comments section.

Thanks for being here and watch out for more paper bead techniques in future posts.

Paper pendants made from discarded cereal box cardboard are super easy to make!

Add your own abstract artwork - as I have done with the ones pictured above - and you have exciting, bold and beautiful one-off pieces of jewellery to wear, sell sort give away as presents.

These paper pendants were all made by me, using a discarded cereal box to create the jewellery form that I mounted my artwork on.

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Why did I make a paper bead tool?

Making paper beads from junk  is one of my favourite crafts. I have always loved transforming mundane pieces of paper into beautiful jewellery.

I also love creating my own artwork to use. But my enjoyment was spoilt by not being able to roll the paper bead strips very easily.

I wanted something that gripped the paper well enough to get the bead started easily.

I also wanted something that would allow me to slide the finished bead off quickly, smoothly and without pulling the middle out of it.

There have been many bead rollers for sale for many years but they were made from bamboo that has been split into two and then bound with paper to make a handle.

They were ok and I made quite a few of my own over the years. The problem that I found was the bamboo could sometimes snag the paper making beads hard to slide off.

So I created my own tools.

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Once you have the tool and have practiced on a few strips of paper, making beautiful beads is really easy.

 

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.

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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 2.5mm 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.


 

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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.

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The one inch electronic template printed onto a design for easy cutting.

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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.

There is an updated video here showing the new tools in action.

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. The straight handle tool is available on request.

 

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The new paper bead tools with the old style handles.
The new paper bead tools with the paper bead strip stencil.
The old style paper bead tools with the straight handle.

We have also released our Easy Beady paper bead strip stencil templates for sale on Etsy.

You can see the stencil in the picture above. It can be found on Etsy by clicking here.

At the moment, when you buy both the new 3mm and 5mm curvy handled bead tools together, we are giving you the paper bead strip stencil template free at a saving of £5.99.

Click here to go to the offer on Etsy.

We ship all over the world.

If you would like to start using a paper bead tool to make your crafting life easier - order my paper bead tools and templates today - you will be glad you did!