Thursday 10 October 2013

Upcycled paper bead jewellery

Inspired by the renowned Australian quiller Licia Politis and her wonderful paper beads, I've had a go at creating some jewellery using colourful paper sourced from glossy magazine pages.

Licia kindly shared with me the method of rolling up long triangular strips of paper to form a conical shape, and I had fun selecting suitable paper by looking out for full-page photographs and colourful advertisements in some larger than average size travel magazines.

You need quite a long strip of paper to make a decent-sized bead - the ones I used were all about 35 cm long. The method involves rolling the strip into a coil, fastening the end with glue and then pushing the middle out to form a sort of telescopic cone, which can then be strengthened using layers of PVA glue and clear varnish.

I managed to create hanging hooks for my earrings using loops of paper twine which I glued on to the wide end of each strip prior to rolling.

With Licia's help, I'm plannng to write a detailed feature about paper bead making for the Spring 2014 edition of the Quilling Guild's 'Quillers Today' magazine, of which I am now Editor. No doubt I'll be experimenting with plenty more designs along the way!


  1. Oh Wow Pretty ! Wat a coincidence...i was also into making paperbeads after effect --yes after receiving a paper bead bracelet gift from Josie Jenkins, along with my competition entries...Awaiting your out of box ideas in paper bead jewellery making too :)

  2. Beautiful! I cannot wait to read more about it. Would definitely like to experiment with beads. <3

  3. Superb I love it!
    Greetings Baukje

  4. This is another beautiful work that I enjoyed.
    Hugs and successes,

  5. They are gorgeous, Philippa! I love quilled beads of all kinds. Looking forward to the feature in the 2014 mag.

  6. gorgeous, love the idea that there made with Magazine pages, very clever !!!!

  7. These are great Philippa.Look forward to seeing you wear them!

  8. how do u attach the loop for ur cone bead to hang as earring?

    1. Hi, before rolling up the paper cone bead, I glue a loop of paper twine along the wide end of the paper on the inside, then roll around it.



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