Banded beads are usually made of ceramic or stone. The one shown here are of acetate sheet and paper.
One of my best friend's birthday was round the corner. She loves banded beads. Unfortunately I didn't have time to go to the market and buy banded beads for her! So I made them in about 5 minutes as a gift.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
1. Pair of scissors
2. Paint brush (size 02 and 05 recommended)
3. Transparent tape
4. Sand paper (80 grit, the one used to smooth wood)
1. Acetate sheet (also known as "OHP sheet" or "Transparency sheet")
2. Drawing paper
3. Acrylic / Fabric paints
4. PVA glue
CAUTION : Be careful with scissors and sandpaper. Follow all the safety precautions while using them.
Step 2: Making the "Body"
Step 3: Cut the Acetate Sheet
Carefully trim the rest of the sheet, using scissors. Leave a small margin (about half an incha) for pasting.
Step 4: Painting the Bands
Let it dry. With acrylic colors, it should take around 15 minutes.
Step 5: Painting the Background
I have used black and white as my background colors. I feel black and whites make other colors look better. You can use any other colors, as per your taste.
Paint the bands of different colors as wide as you want your beads to be. I wanted 1 inch wide beads, so I made the background bands about an inch wide.
Use your bigger brush (No. 5 recommended) to paint over the bands. If some colors merge, dont worry, its all part of the process.
Step 6: Your Name in Bead!
Just scratch your name in the painted surface of acetate sheet using back of your paint brush! Write your name as it will appear in a mirror, laterally inverted.
Paint over the scrated surface using acrylic color
Step 7: Cutting the Strip
Step 8: Pasting the Painted Sheet on the Tube
Paste the small piece of painted sheet on this tape.
Roll the sheet around the tube and again use transparent tape to join the ends.
Repeate this for rest of the painted acetate sheet.
Step 9: Trimming the Beads
Step 10: Sanding the Faces
CAUTION : Ensure to follow all the safety percautions while using sandpaper.
Paint on those faces to seal them.