Playing with Paper

When a clever marketing person dubbed Sally Hansen’s combination base and top coat “Double Duty”, I’m pretty sure he was touting the fact that it’s two NAIL products in one.

But I’m using it for two separate purposes: Nails and BEADS!

You remember those paper beads we saw on our group-shopping extravaganza last week? Well, afterwards, I was inspired to grab a piece of scrapbook paper and try my hand at making a paper bead. (Can you imagine? This bead-lover had never made a paper bead before this week!)

Here they are with their manicure, um, I mean glossy top coat. It gives them a slight sheen and will protect them from a stray splash of water!

Now to figure out a jewelry design for them . . .




Playing with Paper — 11 Comments

  1. This is fantastic! I’ve always wanted to try such beadmaking, but never could manage to keep the beads from collapsing! Yours look lovely- you have such nimble fingers!

  2. Those are so cute!!

    I would make one extra long necklace using all of them and add large beads between. Hang from a satin cord, chain or ribbon.

    You could also hang one just one from a thin chain. And I could see two dangling from my ears. Push a tiny hole (down a bit so won’t rip off) and attach a jump ring to connect to the ear wire.

  3. Hi Crissie! Those paper beads have been around forever, just like Sally. I made some years ago, but don’t know what I ever did with them. Your’s turned out pretty good. But Sally got me to thinking about how clever SOME people are about finding a use for an item that is totally different than it was intended and marketing for.

    I use glazed plant pot saucers to hold different bead colors while I am beading. No static and easy to pop them back in their tubes when I’m done.

    I got a ton of ideas, but brain dead at 7 am. Staying in today watching the S*** swirl..Its probably worse out there than I think..looks like about 8″ but wind drifted piles. Certainly NOT the 20+ inches they predicted. I think the local grocery chain has the weatherman in their pocket!

  4. Your beads are so pretty Crystal! I love making paper beads…and like you, I coat them with nail clear polish! Nail polish works great on polymer clay too. You can even sprinkle a bit of fine glitter in between coats! Now you’ve got me in the mood to play today! You’re ALWAYS up to something fun, dear girl!!! πŸ˜€

    Be careful digging out of all that snow and ice!

    xoxoxo Paulette

  5. What a great idea.

    And I thought clear nail polish was for nylons! (oops, I’m dating myself!)

  6. Oh gosh, Clenna! And how about when you had no clear polish only pink (or even worse red!!. I can remember hoping the run was high enough that my skirt would cover that pink blob of polish! As you said recently – fun times! πŸ˜‰

  7. Hi Carapace πŸ™‚
    You are an artist and have mastered so many of the media that I’m especially tickled to hear your kind words. Thank you! πŸ™‚

  8. Hi Paulette,
    Glitter sounds so pretty!!!! πŸ™‚

    I have also been thinking of adding tiny beads to give the look of “frit” – as on a lampwork glass bead.

  9. For sure Carol, and I’ve seen them forever, which makes it all the more unbelievable that I never made any until now. There was just something about the ones I included in our “shopping trip” that ‘spoke” to me, I guess. LOL

    How do you pour the beads from the saucers into your tubes. Do you use a scoop or funnel?

  10. I love the color of these beads they are so very pretty. I wouldn’t have thought to use nail polish, I seem to glaze everything with modge podge. I hope you show us a picture of the finished item you make with the beads.

    Been a crazy day weather wise. We got more sleet than snow, when you stand on it you don’t sink. I went to feed my birds today and there seem to be more than usual. It is so dreary outside, and cold too. I hope everyone who got the snow and ice is staying warm and dry with the power on.

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