Versatile beads made from a wide variety of papers - glossy magazine pages, Japanese washi paper, wallpaper, gift wrap, and even newsprint or brown craft paper - are really popular right now. The sky's the limit on what handmade beads can look like and how they can be used - in bracelets, earrings, and necklaces for sure, but how about biggg projects like many long strings of funky beads used as a door curtain or perhaps metallic bead garlands to decorate a mantel or Christmas tree?
If you've been thinking of giving beadmaking a try, a new tool developed by Just Jenn Designz looks like a surefire way to make a large batch without stressing your fingers in the process. A narrow slot grips the wide end of a tapered paper strip; just roll the handle and the result is a smoothly wrapped bead with a 1/8 inch diameter center hole. It's pretty, isn't it?! No boring, plain handle for this inventor. Jenn, a jewelry maker and digital paper collage sheet creator, enjoys graphics so much she's designed six handle choices for the tool. Jungle Wild = cute! She's also written a tutorial on paper beadmaking that she includes with the purchase of the tool or it can be ordered separately. I'm thinking beadmaking is a project that could keep crafty kids happy for long intervals this summer. You can reach Jenn at JustJennDesignz@gmail.com or visit her Etsy shop.