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Wanting to incorporate books into jewelry, I came up with this idea. This Instructable shows how to make a paper cone bead out of an old book and how to attach them together to make a cube-like shape that is the center point of my earrings.  I also show how to bead-it-up.

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Step 1: Supplies

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Supplies for book-cone beads:
  • Mod Podge
  • Tacky glue
  • 1" circle punch (or any size you prefer)
  • brush
  • scissors
  • book that's in bad shape that you don't mind cutting up
  • scrap paper to use as a place mat
  • paper clips

Supplies for turning the beads into earrings:
  • large needle or safety pin
  • tweezers
  • flat nose pliers
  • round nose pliers
  • broken disco ball ornament/ gems/ sequins (anything to add a little bling to your beads- 12 pieces)
  • small beads (I used 48 square 3/16" beads; 6 of each color)
  • large beads (I used 8 cube 1/4" beads; 2 of each color)
  • 2 earring hooks
  • 6- 3/4" flat head pins
  • 10- 3/4" jump rings (smaller would work too)
  • 2- 3/4" eye pins
  • 6- 2" eye pins

Step 2: Mod Podge Pages Together

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  1. Find a good looking page in your old book- I used Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut- it is missing pages and in pretty bad shape so it is perfect to craft with. 
  2. Brush on a thin but consistent coat of Mod Podge on both sides (left and right) of your book so that you have covered 2 pages entirely. 
  3. Sandwich those 2 pages together and smooth it out.   
  4. Let dry in front of a fan or in the sun.
  5. Once dry, flip over the Mod Podged pages that are now glued together and do the same thing again so that you have 3 or 4 pages all Mod Podged together.
  6. Make sure they totally dry before continuing.

Step 3: Punch Circles

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  1. Using a 1” (or any size) circle cutter, punch 12 circles out of your dried Mod Podged page. Select areas that have words that catch your eye.
JoLoveN1 year ago
Where did u get the mid podge at? No one here knows what it is.
annieannie2 years ago
fantastic!! This is a must try :)
Erratic.Chromatic (author)  annieannie2 years ago
Thank you! if you do try it out, post a pic here- I'd love to see 'em!
sunshiine2 years ago
You are a genius! I think these are so adorable! Thanks so much for sharing your hard work and do have a splendorous day!
Erratic.Chromatic (author)  sunshiine2 years ago
Thank you so much!
repguy20202 years ago
Did that surreal masterpiece end up on your ears??!!??

Erratic.Chromatic (author)  repguy20202 years ago
hahaha yes, it sure did!
ccarreer2 years ago
MUST try this. Awesome!
Erratic.Chromatic (author)  ccarreer2 years ago
Cool, thanks! I'd love to see how it comes out- post a pic. :)
That is lovely!
thank you!