Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Bangles & Paper Beaded Bracelet / Anklet



Yesterday I wrapped some more cardboard bangles.  The center two were made last week, but I made the others yesterday.  I've gotten some great compliments on these.  I'm hoping to sell some at a craft fair in November.


On Friday I am teaching a paper bead bracelet class at the library.  I wanted to show the kids how to string the paper beads up in a different way.  This way requires two needles that are threaded on each side of the thread.  I used embroidery floss for the thread, because I have plenty on hand and it adds some color to the bracelet.  The two sides of the thread go in opposite sides of the bead and criss-cross until the end of the bracelet.  All of these beads were cut down so that they were all around the same width.  I measured the length of the bracelet as I went by wrapping it around my wrist.  I stopped at what I thought was the perfect size.  As it turns out it has some stretch to it.  So it is to big for my wrist, but it does make a nice anklet.  When finished, I sprayed a clear coat on both sides of it.   I used a magazine that didn't have a lot of color to it, but it is easy to make colored paper beads.  I cut up two thick magazines yesterday into triangles in preparation for this class.  This is a great way to recycle unwanted magazines/catalogues.

4 comments:

  1. Great way to recycle (or upcycle as I like to call it.) I love it and would love to see you post this at my linky party Upcycled Awesome!
    http://tinyurl.com/Upcycled8

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  2. Thank you so much for linking up to www.thetshirtdiaries.com. I am having a Stash-Busting September party. Check the blog for details soon...

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  3. Hmmm, I hope I haven't just double-commented you (difficulty with my connection). I adore paper beads, and the way you have strung yours together into the bracelet is lovely :-)

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  4. Very cool bracelet! Always a fan of recycling. Thanks for sharing ... I've posted a link.

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