Paper Beads

About a year ago I made a bunch of paper beads.  I had seen them somewhere and set out to see if I could make them myself.  I got pretty good at it and started making them like crazy…until I got a little too confident with my xacto knife skills and realized too late that my beloved finger was in the way.

I didn’t lop off more than an eighth of an inch, but it was enough to make me see stars and make me wary of exacto knives.  To look at the finger now you can barely tell anything happened.  The scar is pale and shiny and if you look closely you can see that my finger tip is not as round as it should be. It still feels tingly when touched.

For a long time after that I couldn’t look at an exacto knife without feeling queazy, so my bead production ceased.

My recent paper making adventures has reminded me how much I love working with paper.  So I pulled out the old beads and some rusted bells (not the ones I posted  a photo of a few days ago) and got to work.

I love them so much I may start making bead again.  My fingertips tingle at the thought.







I am thinking of donating them to Water for Christmas Etsy shop. Funds raised go to clean water and sanitation projects in Sierra Leone, West Africa.  I heard about the program last year at Whatever.  I promised myself I would help this year.

Clean water is something I take for granted.  It’s hard to imagine a life where I couldn’t provide the most basic life-sustaining things like safe water for my kids.

I am donating 3 of the 4.  I have to price them.  They are between 13 and 15 inches long. What’s a fair price?  I am horrible at pricing stuff.


Filed under Everything else, Feeling Fartsy, With Gratitude

2 responses to “Paper Beads

  1. Joan Kellogg

    Love love love the beads. I’m not good at pricing either. :/

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