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Beginning Paper Bead Making (Ages 12 & up)


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Rolled paper beads are fun and fast to make. Women at least as far back as Victorian England in the late 1800s were making paper beads. Young ladies would gather socially and make beads from scraps of wallpaper rolled on knitting needles. The beads were polished with bees wax and strung onto pieces of yarn and used to make door curtains to divide rooms. Today, paper beading as an art form has gained in popularity across the world. Modern artists are exploring creative and exciting ways to work with paper beads. In this class, you will learn about basic supplies and tool options, including working with different types of paper. You will explore various paper cutting methods and review how to create cutting templates. (You will also receive a template to take home and use for future projects.) Using pre-cut strips, you will practice bead rolling, as we discuss factors that impact bead shapes. Finally, you will seal your rolled beads. We will also discuss other popular methods of finishing beads (sealing products and drying methods). At the end of this class, you will have completed beads that you can later use to make your own piece of jewelry. You will also have enough extra supplies to continue the bead making fun at home! A $25 materials fee is due to the instructor at the beginning of each workshop. Additional pre-cut paper and jewelry kits will be available for sale at the end of class should you wish to complete additional projects at home.

Discover Durham
212 W Main St #101
Durham, NC 27701 USA
Phone: (919) 687-0288
Toll Free: (800) 446-8604