European style paper beads made by students at one of my workshops recently.
European style paper beads are so much fun to make and they shock so many people when you reveal that they are made from paper.
When I wear my bracelets made from European style paper beads, I get lots of compliments.
And when I casually say they are made from paper, very often, people will look at me as if I am telling lies!
They do look very much like Pandora beads which of course are made from very expensive materials and cost a LOT of money!
When I run my workshops teaching people how to make these beads, it is brilliant to see their faces when we reach the point at which the real magic happens.
So at what point does the magic happen with European style paper beads?
It happens when the beads have been formed, painted and glazed or sealed. Up to that point, they don't look particularly European.
But when we fit the metal inserts, the beads are transformed into European style paper beads that will look stunning on leather or silver bracelets.
On the left you can see the beads looking quite ordinary but on the right, you can see they have been transformed into European style paper beads with metal inserts.
We made some gorgeous European style paper beads in my workshop at Keep On Crafting, Bury St. Edmund's recently.
Keep on Crafting is a fabulous arty/crafty shop where owner Mandy Shedden goes way beyond simply selling products, as you will see if you read one of my former posts here and watch the video about her shop.
Mandy is passionate about helping people learn how to use her products. For my own European style paper beads, I use the beautiful Starlight range of paints which Mandy stocks.
Students at my classes get to try out my very own paper bead making tool, the Easy beady which is manufactured in my own workshop in Felixstowe.
You can find them for sale on eBay by clicking here.
Beautiful European style paper bead bracelets made by my very clever students.
I am completely addicted to using these beautiful metallic paints for my projects. Mandy stocks the whole range. I highly recommend a visit to the shop see them up close.
For anyone wanting to get into making paper beads, I will be running my basic workshop at Keep On Crafting on 18th February 2017 from 1pm - 4pm.
If you visit Mandy's website booking page you will be able to book a place once the workshop has been listed. It may not be listed yet but it should be up there by November 12th 2016.
Not all the people at my European style beads workshops have always done the basic workshop but it does help if you have got to grips with using the 3mm tool before going on to the 5mm one needed to make these beads.
This is what people make at my basic paper bead class - these are faux willow pattern china beads from one of my own designs created especially for my classes.
A student at my Bury class making her first European style paper beads.
Some of the beads made at the class using Starlight metallic paints.
As you can see from these pictures, it is possible to make some very beautiful, classy looking jewellery from paper.
I would love you to join me in one of my workshops. The cost is £15 per person with a maximum of 6 people. I also do one-to-one classes which cost £30.
All materials are included.
If you fancy learning to make European style paper beads, or just basic paper beads to begin with - do get in touch.
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