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Once you've become acquainted with the basic construction (surprisingly simple and fun to do), return to this list of supplies and tips for making paper bugle beads to use instead of metal tubing.
Sturdy, but flexible paper sheets - heavy textured, embossed, or glittered metallics (find them at Paper Mojo, Mulberry Paper and More, or Vogue Paper)
Paper piercing tool or stiff wire
Plastic lid - for glue puddle
Toothpick or pin - to apply glue
Embroidery floss, fine paper twine (match to papers) or dental floss
Metallic ornament cord or necklace chain
Optional - small bead to tie on top of himmeli before adding jump ring
Cut small rectangles - mine ranged from 1/2 inch (13mm) to 1.5 inches (3.8cm) - and roll one at a time firmly on the tip of a needle piercing tool or a length of stiff wire (even a muffin tester will be fine). Apply any glue that is suitable for paper - I like Martha Stewart Craft Gel Adhesive - along the end and hold it in place for a minute or so while the glue adheres. Roll the bead lightly back and forth on the table to even out the thickness.
Tip: A damp cloth will keep your fingers glue-free. I recommend cloth rather than a tissue or paper towel to avoid lint from showing on dark paper.
Instead of heavy twine that would ordinarily be used with metal tubing, I found that flat dental floss was ideal for white himmelis. Not only did it match, but it was sturdy enough to pass through a bead without the use of a sewing needle. For dark paper colors, I used three strands of matching embroidery floss threaded on a needle.
You'll notice that each type of hand crafted paper will have a different feel and may take some trial and error to determine how best to handle it.
First rolling a stiff paper rectangle on the handle of your paper piercing tool will help to soften the fibers and result in a smoother bead.