Today in the studio I am making paper beads…. well that’s different, you may say! Ceramic beads, yes, paper beads?
So, let me explain…
This weekend has been the worldwide Etsy Craft Party with real time events being held in cities across the globe and virtual parties being hosted on blog and websites across the internet. The theme for this years craft party was a kaleidoscope of paper…. see the link?
Being an Etsy seller naturally I participated in a couple of virtual parties from the comfort of my own lounge/office/studio – wherever it took my fancy.
Over on the Christmas in July Etsy team’s blog, of which I am a team leader and blog contributor, I participated by checking out all the tutorials that were posted during the event, liking and tweeting them, and generally being supportive. I also made a cuff earring from Rhonda Tol of SimplyBeadifulDesign tutorial – can’t wait to wear it! Although being the embellishments person that I am, I’m thinking beads and dangly stuff – I see a future blog post!
I actually wrote a tutorial myself for the Australian Wandarrah Team virtual party. I am not a leader of this team, but do write guest blog posts for the team. My tutorial was how to make cuff bracelets from upcycled bottles and paper, which you can check out HERE. I had never written a tutorial before, so it was a new experience, and was really enjoyable.
There were some great tutorials throughout the day on the Australian Wandarrah blog, and I actually did a few of them, including this paper earring tutorial shared by fellow teamie Kaz from kazzycaboodles– I think I may make a matching necklace so I can have a set for wearing in summer! (if summer ever arrives in Ballarat!!)
My favourite tutorial, though, was the paper beads. I had seen and admired paper beads before, but hadn’t checked out how to make them. The tutorial for the paper beads wasn’t actually one that a team member had written, but was shared during the event as one of the official Etsy tutorials for the day. The other official Etsy tutorial was for a paper weaving project which I also did (hadn’t done such a thing since primary school!), and with the left over paper I made the beads – and was hooked!
So today, in the studio, I have been obsessing over my new obsession – not that I am obsessive!
I am really enjoying working out how the colour/pattern of the paper works its way into a bead pattern – both through the colours on the paper and the wound contour of the bead – the possibilities are endless!
But for today I was happy making paper beads and turning them into jewellery – they may even make it into my Etsy shop!
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