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Contents:

  1. Introduction

  2. Tools and Materials

  3. Make the Beads

  4. Make a Matching Gift Box

  5. More Bead Ideas

  6. Resources



Introduction

You can make beautiful beads that will draw many compliments with just a few rubber stamps and some very humble materials.

To see larger versions of the pictures on this page, click on them, then use the back button on your browser to come back.


Tools and Materials

Sponge brush
Flat paintbrush
Scrap paper
Gold acrylic paint
Dark brown waterproof rubber stamp ink
Square wooden beads - The ones I used in this example were from a thrift store necklace, and are about the size of dice.
Perfect Paper Adhesive
Delta Ceramcoat Matte Exterior/Interior Varnish or other gloss varnish
Wire, utilitarian type
Styrofoam chunks, such as leftovers from appliance packaging
Rubber stamps
Sandpaper
Spray bottle filled with water
Small paint mixing tray or paint cups
Old plastic lid from food container (such as coffee or margarine)
Rags or paper towels


Make the Beads

  1. If the beads you want to cover have a shiny coating, sand them to rough them up so that they will accept the paint more easily. Clean off the dust with a damp paintbrush or rag.


  2. Give each bead a coat or two of gold paint. To make painting easier, paint the beads in sections so that you always have a dry spot to hold on to. You can dry the beads on the ends of pieces of bent wire stuck into a piece of styrofoam.


  3. Get some paper scraps in a variety of colors that harmonize with the gold and dark brown. Stamp a pattern with the gold acrylic paint first. Make sure not to let the paint dry on the stamp before you get a chance to clean it off.

    Stamping with acrylic paint takes a bit of finesse, but you will get the hang of it if you practice a little. When I stamp with acrylic paint, I keep small amounts of color in one well of a small paint tray, and periodically spritz it with water to keep it from drying out. I pick up small amounts of paint with a sponge brush and dab it onto a plastic lid to help distribute it evenly on the brush. Then I dab the paint onto the stamp with the sponge brush.

    For a smooth texture in your print, after the rubber stamp is loaded up with paint, make a quick, light swipe horizontally over the "inked" surface with the brush.

    Bold stamps without a lot of detail work really well with acrylic paints. The slight variation in the stamped design that you get with paint helps enhance a simple stamp, whereas on a detailed stamp you usually want a more even ink application, since the main visual interest is already there in the design.


  4. Rubber Stamped Decoupage Beads
  5. After the gold paint is dry, overprint with the dark brown waterproof rubber stamp ink to make patterns.

    Rubber stamps used in these samples:



  6. After the dark brown ink is dry, cut your printed paper into pieces that are just a little smaller than the sides of the beads that you want to cover with paper. Since you've painted the entire bead already with gold, you don't have to apply any paper to the sides with the stringing holes, and you can let the corners show - you don't have to wrap the paper around the corners. Later you might want to try curved beads and wrapping around corners. For your first project it's good to try flat surfaces first so you can get practice.


  7. To apply the paper pieces, brush or dab onto the bead a small amount of Perfect Paper Adhesive. Press the paper bit into position. Roll over it in multiple directions with the barrel of a pencil to smooth it down and force out any extra adhesive. It's ok to get the adhesive onto the outward facing paper and anywhere on the bead because it's invisible when dry.


  8. After all the bead surfaces that you want to cover are covered and the adhesive is dry, apply a layer of Perfect Paper Adhesive over the entire bead. The UV coating in the Perfect Paper Adhesive can help protect your work from fading, although admittedly that would probably take a long time to occur! But after all this work, you want it to last, right? After this layer is dry, apply a compatible gloss of your choice. For the samples you see here, I used Delta Ceramcoat exterior/interior varnish. The bottle I have says it's matte, but I knew from past experience that it is actually very shiny, which is what I wanted on my beads in this case. I applied two coats.


  9. Let the beads dry, then have fun making jewelry with your new beads! Here are some samples of some jewelry that I made with mine.



Make a Matching Gift Box

If you have extra stamped paper that you didn't use up on the beads, you can use them to decorate a box. Think of how impressive a gift of jewelry made with your beads would look in a matching gift box!

You Will Need:
Brown paper maché boxes from craft store
Leftover paper scraps from bead project
Domed, flat bottomed piece of wood such as an earring blank or old clip earring part
Gold acrylic paint
Delta Ceramcoat Matte Exterior/Interior Varnish or other gloss varnish
Flat paintbrush
Perfect Paper Adhesive
Glue for the top ornament

  1. Paint the outside of the box and lid with gold acrylic paint.


  2. Rubber Stamped Decoupage BeadsMake an ornament for the top of the box. I got the idea for this part from the project "Beautiful Beads" in the book Making Gifts with Rubber Stamps by Sandra McCall. It shows a method of applying small torn paper bits to a curved bead shape.

    Get your domed piece of wood. If it's shiny, sand it first like you did with the beads, then wipe off the dust.

    Tear some of the leftover paper scraps from the bead project into small bits, then apply to the wood piece with Perfect Paper Adhesive.

    After it's dry, paint the domed piece with the Ceramcoat varnish.

  3. By now the gold paint on your box should be dry. Cut pieces of your patterned paper that fit the flat sides of the box, and glue the paper to the sides and top. Remember, since you have painted the box, you can leave the corners exposed if you want to.

    Here is a helpful hint in case you run into a problem with the paper wrinkling, a problem that is unlikely with tiny pieces of paper like we used on the beads, but might happen with larger ones. After you've cut out your paper pieces but before you glue them to the box, paint them with the adhesive on one side, let them dry, then paint the other sides and let them dry. That will greatly reduce the chance that they might wrinkle as you glue them to the box.


  4. After the paper bits are glued down and dry, apply varnish to the box.


  5. When that coat is dry, glue the domed ornament to the middle of the lid. You're done!





More Bead Ideas

Several years ago (almost ten years actually, I can't believe it!) I made some decoupage beads. The main difference between these and the ones I just showed you is that on the older ones I used smaller bits of paper and I let more of the painted background show. And some of the beads I even made myself by sawing thick dowel rods into segments and drilling a hole through them. In case they give you ideas, below is a picture of a necklace I made with such beads, and below that is a drawing I did to suggest ways of placing the paper bits.

Decoupage Beads

Decoupage Beads



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