You can find our VIDEO TUTORIAL on our site.
We also have a 3 Page STEP BY STEP in ISSUE 20 (March 2010), in the the BEAD MAGAZINE
We are MZURIBEADS; professionally rolling paper beads, and exporting fair trade jewelry from Uganda since 2006. This is a fair trade company, aiming to develop communities around UGANDA. By buying our beads - Not only will you be helping these women earn a much need income, but you will be receiving a very high standard of recycled paper bead.
Our beads pass a quality check, judged on being symmetric, clean, and thickly varnished for a waterproof, smooth and glossy finish. We have been rolling are beads for many years, and we are so confident that we are the ultimate masters of this hand crafted skill
......we are more than happy to share our know how (;
Please VISIT OUR SITE for more details... http://www.mzuribeads.com/
Step 1: Selecting your paper and materials to make the bead
- A colourful page from a used magazine or an old colourful poster. If you want to make beads of a full colour, you must find a full colour page of poster. For example to get ALL blue beads, pick up a page with photo of the ocean! Vogue and House and Home, or some old teenage music posters are my favorite. The thicker the paper the fatter the bead!
- Needle or toothpick
- Clear varnish - most clear varnishes from local store will do or nail varnish.
- Fishing wire/plastic wire or some sort of thread similar width as your needle or toothpick
Step 2: Measuring and cutting the paper for the bead
Please refer to the RED triangle in the illustration on the vogue page for these instructions:
Use a normal thin ballpoint pen, not a thick marker!
Mark a 2cm point long from the a top corner at (C), and a 1cm point along from the bottom corner at (B). Take your ruler and draw a line from point A to B and C respectively, and you will have drawn a perfect triangle. Continue this routine, until you end up with a zigzaging block of triangles throughout the page.
Cut your triangles neatly out, and discard the uneven one marked blue in the illustration.
Measuring your marks on the paper will determine the shape and size of the bead.
Measuring along at 2cm on a page inside a magazine like Vogue will give you an oval, slim type paper bead like this
If you would like a similar shape of bead but longer or shorter, simply increase or decrease the length to 1.5cm or up to 3.5 or 4cm. Simply half the length of A to C to determine point B.
If you would like a round, fat bead like this
you will have to find paper as thick as a poster or front cover of a magazine, and keep the width of the bead to 1.5 - 2cm ONLY. Alternatively you can attempt to double or triple up your paper strips, but this takes time and skill.
If you would like to leave some text of image on your bead, simply cut off the end of the triangle at the point you wish you keep. But, all these special effects will come to you once you get into it, and start experimenting with different types of paper.
If you would like to make tube type beads, simply replace the triangles with simple rectangular strips, easy!
Step 3: Rolling the Paper Bead
Step 4: Varnish, leave to dry and finish
Step 5: Make your own jewelry or buy now!
Step 6: More Recycled Beads
Visit or store for more information