Sunday, October 23, 2011

wrapping beads, not packages

Italian paper
I've been working this week on getting some more paper beads ready for my Etsy shop.  This time around, I’m using some “wrap feather” that I bought at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.  The paper was made in Italy by San Lorenzo International, Inc. I fell in love when I saw it.  Isn't it beautiful?


Not sure how the finished beads will look, since they are not fully glazed.  But this a view of part of the process:

After rolling the paper, I stick the beads on toothpicks and rest them in Styrofoam (I’ve used the same piece of Styrofoam many times; it was packaged around something we bought).  Then I spray the beads 3-4 times with Crystal Clear Glossy Enamel.  You can also use fingernail polish or other non-aerosol resins if you want.  

I will probably sell all these beads together, in the same lot.  Most of them are 18 cm long, but they range in size from 8 cm to 20 cm.  Stay tuned {:-D

11 comments:

Erika said...

Deb, the paper is beautiful! I can see me framing a piece:)

BeadedTail said...

That paper is gorgeous! I'd be afraid to cut it!

Jenny said...

that paper is beautiful. I like the little forest of drying beads. It's fun seeing the artistic process and the journey our pieces go through.

Splendid Little Stars said...

yes, lovely paper! like what Jenny said above. It IS fun to see the process!

Judy Nolan said...

The paper is beautiful, and so are the beads, even without the glaze. How fun to see one step of the process!

Athena said...

They're really cool. I was wondering about the process- thanks for sharing! :)

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Oooo...what cool paper! I bet those turn out great!
I love WIP photos too :)

Janet Bocciardi said...

The paper is gorgeous! I would be so reluctant to cut it, but I bet the beads will look great. Looking forward to seeing the end result.

Rose said...

Beautiful paper! I'm sure that the beads will be gorgeous.

Linda Pruitt said...

I was wondering about the process. thanks for sharing!

AsteropeBC said...

What lovely paper! I'm looking forward to seeing the beads.

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