The Paper Bead Boutique

Sharing My Love of Paper Beading!

It’s Christmas in July!


Good Evening Paper Bead Friends!

Well July is upon us and guess what that means? It’s Christmas in July at The Paper Bead Boutique! Yes, that’s right! Our sale begins tomorrow, June 30th at 9pm PST and runs thru Sunday, July 9th, 9pm PST!

For every three sets of paper beads you buy, you get one FREE of equal or lesser value! Limited to stock on hand, No special orders! You must list your freebie sets in the notes to seller box and not with your purchased beads or you will be charged for them!

Feel free to contact me before placing your order if you have any questions and I will certainly get back to you in a timely manner! If you’ve ever wanted to try paper beads in any of your jewelry or crafting projects, now is the time!

So browse away and start your wish lists!!! Sale begins tomorrow night! Until next time, Happy Beading!

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What type of Paper Do You Use?

Good Morning Paper Bead Friends! I’ve recently been told that I don’t have enough of a selection of paper bead strips in my shop for beading so I decided this week, that was going to be my goal! I’ve been cutting like a mad woman! I think I now¬†have a pretty nice variety! But as I’ve been cutting, it got me thinking…What does everyone else use to make their paper beads? There are sooooo many types of paper that can be used for beads, I really am curious what everyone else uses! My main source is scrapbook paper! I am always on the hunt for the newest, most colorful papers I can find! I’ve always been obsessed with scrapbook paper! The above pictures are two of my latest strips!

Other types of paper I like to dabble with are, wallpaper, tyvec paper, which is the paper your priority envelopes are made from! I love to make coiled paper beads from colorful napkins! I’ve even tried making my own designs on paper or handpainted paper in the past!

So what do you use? Do you use scrapbook paper? Do you prefer newspaper? Do you paint your beads? I’d love for you to share your preferences! Drop me a line or leave a comment! Until next time, Happy Beading!

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My Sealing Process!

Good Evening My Paper Bead Friends! 
So many have asked and I thought I had already posted my sealing process
 but after checking, I realize I loaded the pics and nothing more...
I currently am using a dipping method for sealing my paper beads! 
This is the box that I have 10 cup hooks screwed in to the top of the box
 to hold my strands once I dip. As you can see at the end of my strands, 
I have what I call "junk beads"! They are beads I roll out of junk paper
 that I put at the end of the strands to catch the excess gloss.
 I dip the beads and allow the excess to drip back into the can
 to save as much as I can. Once I've dipped them, I allow them to dry
 at least 12 hrs. but 24 hrs is better!
Once dry, I pull them off the hooks and pop them apart. They usually just
 snap apart but occasionally they are left with a bit of residue
 and when that happens, I will either sand them down or trim the excess
 with a pair of small tipped scissors!
That is the process that currently works for me! What's working for you? 
I'd love to hear about it! Until next time, Happy Beading!