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Fun with Paper Beads and Earrings

About this design:

I found these cute polymer clay face beads at a bead show and thought they would pair well with the African paper beads from Lima Beads.

I have been experimenting with all sorts of materials, I made the puzzle piece earrings from recycled puzzles and coated them with finger nail polish to 'protect' them and add a little shine.


Assorted African paper beads (LB), polymer clay faces, stretchy cord, puzzle pieces, copper wire

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  1. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    This is all just too cute!! I do the same thing when I am crafting and need to seal something. Break out the clear nail polish with tiny silver glitter in it. I have 4 bottles of the stuff just for sealing things!! Great minds think alike! I love your use of “found” items.

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    olive penguin says:

    Thanks Becky! It’s fun to reuse things around the house, isn’t it? I love to find a new use for something.

  3. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Very cute collection!

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    N radon says:

    Love these happy little Face beads and they are so cute! Also what a great way to use puzzle pieces instead of having to throw incomplete ones away!Great fun earrings.

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    olive penguin says:

    Thanks, Nancy!

  7. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Wow,Olive…how do you come up with such novel ideas? So adorable!

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    olive penguin says:

    Thanks, Nancy!

    I saw metal and clay puzzle pieces somewhere, that made me think of actual puzzle pieces. I’ve since seen a few others use puzzle pieces…but they don’t use the sparkle polish like mine. lol ;)

  9. nancykathryn
    nancykathryn says:

    I love the glitter on the puzzle pieces. I’ve seen plain ones used before, but the glitter is a wonderful addition. Gots to try me this sometime, but I don’t puzzle so I would have to buy a puzzle just to do this, lol.

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    olive penguin says:

    Thanks, Nancy! I had the puzzles, but you can get them for $1 at a dollar store or you can sometimes find them cheap at garage sales. Good luck!

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