Paper Beads – The Learning Process

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I bought some new bead making tools. I like them so much better than the gadget I was using before. I have so much more control over the paper as it is rolled.

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I love this marbled paper. After watching a few youtube videos, I decided to buy a cutting mat, metal cork backed ruler, and an Exacto knife. The woman demonstrating the technique made it seem so simple to cut without making lines to follow.

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I had a bit of trouble in the beginning. I had quite a few cuts that weren’t quite right. Apparently it isn’t as simple as it seems.

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After a while, I got the hang of it. Running the Exacto knife down the side of the ruler is much faster and straighter than trying to do it with scissors.

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Most of the beads are shaped like I wanted, small and round. There are a few rogue ones in the bunch that were made with paper I cut wrong.

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I need some more practice. They are not exactly symmetrical. I don’t think the small beads are as pretty as the paper they were made out of.

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I made a batch of bigger beads to see if I liked them better. I think the larger ones do look a bit better.

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I think next time I need to trim the point of the triangle before I start rolling the bead. That will make them look a bit cleaner and neater.

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Which do you like better?

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