Thursday, 21 September 2017

Paper Mash Up

Paper Mash Up

Hallo All

Today we have another
use for those bits of paper
we can't bear to throw
away but still we are not

Angela Radford is going
to show us how she
manages all those bits.....

"Hi all. 
Here to show you something I've 
made with some left-over 
background papers.

When looking through my stash I noticed these..... 
I must have made them a long time ago and was
 made with Mica stains and rubbed over with
 treasure Gold wax. 

I thought they would make great paper beads. 
So here goes!

I've drawn the measurements on the back 
of the paper to make it easy for you.

And here is a larger view. Top...

and bottom. 

Next you need to cut along the lines.

Using a wooden skewer, roll the paper 
starting with the widest strip (3/8"x3/8")
 then go onto the next (3/8"x1/4") 
which will narrow at the end ready to 
take the third piece (1/4"x 0") 
which ends in a point. 

You will see that I've added glue along
 the length of the strip.

You should end up with something like this.

For the long bead I used two strips (3"x3" and 3"x0") 

and then repeat the process with these.

Close-up of the measurements.

 At this stage I used a glue to seal the beads
 on the outside which also has the effect of 
hardening them.

And here is one of the round beads 
wired and ready to be completed.

Now I hadn't planned to do a tutorial for the
 background paper but it seemed a shame not
 to show you how to make this so start off by 
putting about three to four puffs of Pixie Powder
 into a container and adding about three tablespoons
 of water. Mix thoroughly and you're ready to go.

Apply with a paint brush onto a sheet of A4 paper.

 Allow it to dry just a little and then 
screw up tightly while damp.

Open it up, flatten out and allow it to dry.

Take your Gilding wax of choice and rub it 
over the creases with your fingers ........
and yes, I am wearing gloves... Wimp!

 When complete you get this which is just lush! 

Obviously you can flatten it out more if you wish.

Had to show you the handbag charm in situ.

 Sorry it's a bit lengthy today but hope 
you enjoyed watching. 

Happy crafting, Angela xXx"

Products used :
Jewellery Findings
Wooden skewers

Thank you for a super project
Angela and not to mention
the bonus background tutorial

I had forgotten just how
effective paper beads can be
and with the Gifting Season
coming ever closer .........

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx


  1. Love the bag charm Angela, forgotten all about paper beads. All these different things we learn and then store away in the depths of our minds, isn't crafting wonderful ! X

  2. I agree Jane and do you know " The oldies are often the best!" Happy crafting, Angela xXx

  3. Wow!! These are absolutely brilliant Angela. I love the bg paper .. it would look stunning on any project .. but to turn it into these gorgeous little earrings and charms is simply awesome! Thank you so much for sharing the process. hugs x

    1. Thank you so much for the lovely comment. Happy crafting, Angela xXx

  4. I love these! Lovely instructions too x

  5. Angela!! Fabulous beads and fabulous tutorial- thank you so much for sharing this- Just beautiful,my friend! xo

    1. Thank you so much Jackie for such a lovely comment. Angela xXx

  6. Haven't done paper beads in ages, but these have me drooling!! Awesome colour and what a fabulous finish!!!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Win, pleased you like them xXx

  7. Replies
    1. Hi Jo, thanks for popping over. Happy crafting, Angela xXx

  8. Love your beads Angela, they look amazing! Anne xx

    1. Thanks Anne, pleased you like them. Happy crafting, Angela xXx


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