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.