how do you make the african magazine harden to where they are just like a bead?

I tried using modpodge on beads and covering with clear nailpolish but it does not harden the bead.  It is still plyable not hard enough for a bead. 

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mole14 years ago
Are you rolling them very tightly? Are you using magazine covers?
They will never be hard like glass, but they should not be pliable.

I've liked the results of rolling and gluing with a bit of glue stick (at the end only), then putting each one on a nail and dipping it in wax (melted in a can - sitting in a pan of simmering water) Just a quick in and out. They cool fast and can be buffed. They also have a smooth contour.
bajablue4 years ago
lala, I could be wrong, but I don't think there is a product that will make them harden like plastic.

Here is a tutorial list of paper bead projects right here on instructables.  Take a look-see. They might be able to help you.
rickharris4 years ago
You have to make sure it is very dry. PVA glue will not go totally shell like hard.
You can replace the PVS with a varnish with will possibly be harder.
Or try super glue. (cyanoacrylic).

They will however be quite durable with PVA Glue.
lala74 (author) 4 years ago
I am trying to make magazine beads I saw they are African magazine beads. The directions to make them use glue mod podge but do not harden. I don't know if I use shellac will it harden the bead?
Kiteman4 years ago
Modge podge and paper will not get as rigid as, say, clay or glass, but it will be tougb enough for jewellery.

It just won't rattle as you wear it.