Here is the first in a series of posts - asking the question: can it be made of paper? (Spoiler alert - ususally yes).
I’m starting with an easy one – beads - which actually had a surprising number of steps when I wrote them out.
The short answer? Yes. Yes, yes yes. Beads ahoy! Here's just one of quite a few ways they can be made.
I make beads from paper pulp.
Paper Pulp Beads
1. Shred your paper. Here I have shredded the scrap paper my friend Josh Donellan created when he made his awesome spoken word ep with his band Poetry is Dead (at that link you can see a video of these very same paper scraps being created when they made their ep - which comes on a usb hidden in a secret compartment of a book! so cool).
2. Dissolve your paper in water, by mashing it up and rolling it around in your hands. Get squishy!
3. Squeeze as much water out of the pulp as possible.
4. Add your cornflour glue (directions here, and don’t forget your drop of clove oil!). Get extra squishy and slimy again!
5. Shape your bead! Roll it into a ball, mold it into a heart, or bird, or anything you can imagine that is basically a version of a lump.
(what? I would never make glue or paper in the good china that my grandfather gave me... (unless I had already broken it somehow, oops)).
6. Add a hole to your bead, by poking a knitting needle through it.
7. Leave it to dry for a few days. If you lay it out on newspaper it will dry faster as the paper will draw out some of the liquid.
8. Decorate! with paint, tissue paper (cornflour glued on, this is my method of choice), other decoupaged paper…
9. Once dry, give them a coat or two of protective varnish.
10. Assemble! In the manner of your choosing. And never need plastic beads again!
Yay! Recycled paper beads! I always get lots of comments when I wear mine around - they are so bright and fun.
Can it be made of paper? heck yes.