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Paper and Wire Wrapped Bead Tutorial

About this design:

I just wanted to make something different. And I have seen a lot of pretty paper jewelry made up, and since I like working with wire I thought that I might somehow combine the two. This is what I can up with. What do you think?


Tools you will need: Round nose pliers, flush cutters, chain nose pliers, ruler, copper wire 18 gauge and 20 gauge, paint brush, some kind of adhesive sealant and protector for decoupage (such as Mod Podge or Liquitex), and an old book with aged pages. Optional: Liver of sulfur, steel wool

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

  Step 1:
1. First tear out a few aged pages from an old book. (To age your own pages, scroll to bottom of page). Take your paint brush and adhesive/sealant of your choice. Coat both sides of you pages, twice, let dry between coats.
Step 2:
2. Cut 2 ½ inch pieces from your 18 gauge copper wire for however many beads that you want to make.
Step 3:
3. With the 2 ½” wires you just cut make simple straight loop links. When you get all your links made, and you would like them to be oxidized. Then now is the time to apply your liver of sulfur. Go ahead and cut 3 – 4 pieces of your 20 gauge copper wire approximately 1 ½ to 2 feet long (you can wrap 3 or 4 beads with 2 ft. pieces. Apply the liver of sulfur to these pieces as well. Use steel wool to clean and polish. Your links can go in a tumbler if you have one.
Step 4:
4. Cut your aged paper into strips, long ways. Cut them just a little smaller than the area between the loops on your links, approximately ¾”. So that you will have plenty of room to make a wrap on each side of the loop, between the link loop and the paper.
Step 5:
5. Start rolling one end of the aged paper strip (just enough to get a little curl in the end to make it easier to get started rolling). Unroll, and now place the link at the end of the paper in the little curl and start rolling. Roll as much as you want, depending on the size of bead that you want. Be sure to keep the paper straight as you roll. When you get to where you have about an inch left to roll, apply some of your adhesive/protector to the underside and finish rolling. Wipe off any excess, hold for a little bit till it starts to stick, then set your first wire wrapped paper bead to the side to dry, and repeat step #5 till you finish rolling the rest. Let dry overnight.
Step 6:
6. Now take your long pieces of wire and make two wraps in between the link loop and edge of the paper, now continue up onto the paper for 4 or 5 wraps then back down to the area in between the paper and loop, make to wraps. Cut the ends of the wire and press down the ends. So you will have a neat wrap. Continue step #6 till you have all the wire wrapped paper beads done.

Read the comments (or add your own)

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Oh yes! Very cool beads!
    Thank you for sharing! :-D

  2. Bead-itudes
    Bead-itudes says:

    Love your creativity. Your tutorial is great – easy to follow. Love the beads…

  3. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    I LOVE these!! Thanks for including the tutorial!

  4. nancykathryn
    nancykathryn says:

    great idea, thanks for sharing with everyone.

  5. Harmony on Strings
    Harmony on Strings says:

    Great, brings all kinds of possiblities.

  6. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Unique beads with an easy to follow tutorial.
    You did mention in at the beginning of the tut that there was info about how to age the book pages at the end, but this info seemed to be missing.
    Could you please share this with us? Thanks.

  7. Mixed Kreations
    Mixed Kreations says:

    Thank you everyone!

    Sorry I didn’t think about the link for aging paper not showing up.
    You will find the instructions at the bottom of this page


  8. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Fantastic, original, and just plain great! Love it! Thanks for the tutorial. I’m definitely going to have to put this on my list of “things to do….”

  9. vavor4
    vavor4 says:

    I love it i’m going to try it with all different kinds of paper , colored too now that’s cool

  10. vavor4
    vavor4 says:

    were is the end? please pass it along thanks.

  11. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    These are cool – and your timing is excellent. I’ve been toying with the idea of making paper beads for a project I’ve been incubating. Now I have your tut!

  12. Mixed Kreations
    Mixed Kreations says:

    Thanks for all the nice comments (-;

  13. Krystone Jewelry
    Krystone Jewelry says:

    that’s very cute!

  14. Mixed Kreations
    Mixed Kreations says:

    Thank you Krystone.

  15. Grace L
    Grace L says:


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    S Clyne says:

    I love it :) Great idea:)

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    K wells says:

    Great idea for the kids on a rainy day! Thanks!

  18. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    I just love this idea – so original! I make alot of paper beads and this eliminates the issue of holes sometimes being larger than I’d like. Thanks!!!!

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    B graver says:

    these are soo cute cant wait to make some

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    Jasmin S says:

    I love this :) It’s the perfect charm for my leather wrap bracelet. THANK YOU!

  21. Caroline H
    Caroline H says:

    oooo, thinking that music would look wonderful in these beads. must go try now!!!!

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    Mitzie C says:

    This is a great idea that’s been well executed. I particularly appreciate your choice of paper in the photos. Thank you for sharing this.

  23. Sherrie P
    Sherrie P says:

    very clever idea…I’ve just started making paper beads and love them. I made my first set of necklace, bracelet and earrings out of them. They turned out beautiful and have had so many compliments on them. Thank you for another idea!!!

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    J beckett says:

    A nice modification to the “traditional” paper beads.

    I could not find where you say how to age the paper.

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    J beckett says:

    Oops – helps when you pay attention to previous comments. Found what I needed :)

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