Sunday, November 6, 2011

Paper Bead Bracelet

A while ago I posted about these paper buttons that I'd recreated from a tutorial seen on Splitcoaststampers.  Unfortunately, I don't often have much of a use for buttons.  Beads, however, I can always find a place for.  The steps are similar, just adapted slightly.

Punch out eight circles from card stock and two circles from decorative or scrap paper (1).  Glue four of the card stock circles and one decorative circle in a stack.  Repeat with the remaining circles (2).  Varnish and age the bead halves.  I mixed a little bit of wood stain in with the varnish to achieve the antique effect (3).  Glue a thin piece of wire to the back of one of the bead halves (4) and glue the halves together.  Clamp the bead until the glue dries (5).  Apply several coats of varnish to the bead and hang to dry (6). Finally, clip off any excess wire and bend it into loops on the side of the finished bead.