Handmade jewellery is not only unique to the creator, it is also a way to accessorise with perfect colour coordination for any outfit. Store-bought beads can be expensive, while making beads by hand out of paper mache is quick and simple, and provides the opportunity for creative expression in jewellery making. Then use your painted beads to make a bracelet or earrings. Make paper mache from strips of newspaper dipped into homemade paste made of flour and water.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Paper mache (newspaper and paste)
- Thin knitting needle
- Sewing needle (optional)
- Acrylic paints
- Elastic cord
- Round nose pliers
- French earwires
Roll small amounts of paper mache into beads. Beads can be any size or may be a mixture of different sizes to add interest to the bracelet.
Push a fine gauge knitting needle through the centre of the paper mache bead while it is still wet. For very small paper mache beads, use a sewing needle to make the hole. Set the beads aside to dry.
Paint the beads with bright acrylic paints and allow them to dry, then paint over them with a thin coat of varnish to give the beads a shine.
Measure around your wrist and cut a length of elastic cord to fit. Thread the paper mache beads onto the elastic and tie it in a square knot to secure it. Add a dab of glue to the knot for extra security.
Tips and warnings
- To make earrings out of paper mache beads, follow the same directions for making beads. When the paper mache beads are dry, thread them onto the headpin, then bend the headpin 90 degrees and form it into a loop. Attach to French earwires to create customised drop earrings.
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