The Metamorphoses of a Paper Bead

Hello again and welcome to my workshop! 🙂

If you ever wander how can these beads be made out of recycled paper, this is the place where you’ll find out that it’s not thast complicated. In fact it’s easier than you imagine.

So, we’ll take it step by step and wrap it in a short story 🙂

As the moth, the paper bead undergoes 4 metamorphoses until it reaches its final shape and fulfills its destiny.

In the beginning there was the sheet of paper.

I have to say I work a lot with girls. I cut them in pieces! But it’s not my fault since they like to pose for different  prints and men like them to pose for… different prints 😀

I like to use thicker paper, like that of calendars, because the beads themselves will be thicker. The upper part of the paper sheet, where the drills are, must be cut down, for the paper to have a well defined and neat edge.

Next comes the drawing of the guiding lines like this:

We reverse the paper sheet in order to keep clear the part of the sheet that will form the front of the bead, and start to measure. We need to know what kind of a bead we want to make. For this example I chose to make a 4 cm long bead. This is a rather long bead, but my paper sheet is long and thick, so I can do this with good results.  I started marking every 4 cm at one end of the paper sheet (first picture)  Then follows the other end, but slightly different. We need a triangle. So, at dis end, we must mark the tip of the triangle at the midpoint of the bead’s length, in this case, 2 cm. (second picture)  After this we can continue marking every 4 cm. until the end of the parer sheet.

Next we join the signs marked before and we’ll get something like in the third image: many, many triangles.

Here comes the second stage of a bead’s evolution: a strip of paper. For this we need a cutter to cut the before drawn triangles (the fourth image)

What comes next? Next, the bead will come into existence, becoming a real bead. So, the third metamorphose.

Starting at the base of the triangle, we roll the strip of paper around a hairpin (or a toothpick or something similar). When we get about 10 cm from the tip, we put some glue on the paper and then continue to roll it until the end. And, here’s the happy bead 🙂

After the paper bead is ready, it must be varnished, so it will glow and will be water resistant. I put the beads on toothpicks while varnishing them and then let them dry for about 12 hours.  And after that comes the second layer of varnish which needs to dry about 24 hours. Well, this depends on the kind of varnish you use … So, this is a rather long process, although the work itself dosen’t take so long.

The fourth metamorphose of the bead will be when it will elegantly hung by someone’s ear or embrace her around the neck 🙂

You can find my jewelry on Etsy, on Breslo ( if you’re Romanian),  or on Facebook

I’m very curious, if you have an attempt to make paper jewelry, just let me know. Take a picture and show it to me. If you need any advice, I will be happy to help you.

Happy beading everyone!!!!


About Chiramó Jewelry

Hello! My name is Carmen Orasanu, I'm 37 years old and I live in Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania. I love creating one-of-a-kind jewelry! That's my way of celebrating the unique expression of femininity in each and every woman. I started playing with paper in 2011 and I don't know how it became my life. I was creating recycled paper jewelry for 6 years under the name "The MistiqueMoth". The year 2017 brought the winds of change into my studio and the mistique moth became Chiramó. My jewelry is available on Etsy: Thank you! :) View all posts by Chiramó Jewelry

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