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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Free Vintage Ephemera Pictures


I Love using Vintage Photos in my collage and Mixed media. Here are three photos for you to download and use however you please. I will be posting more in the coming months. Now go out there and get creative.

My Newest Fascination-Paper Beads

So I recently learned how to make paper beads. My mother made them all the time and sold them at the local summer craft shows, but she could not remember how. So I did a little searching and found a great Blog shows 7 different shapes. There you will find the paper dimensions. 

 Then it is as simple as covering the inside with glue and rolling firmly and evenly. When you arrive at the shape you want and are satisfied with the bead, spray them with Modge-Podge or paint them with clear fingernail polish. I found that the best way to hold them while painting/spraying is to make a drying box. Take an old Shoe Box and cut 3/4 inch slits in the sides about 2 inches apart evenly down both side. Them cut lengths of Tigers Tail (Jewelry Wire) and slide into the slits. If you use a pretty sturdy box this will be strong enough to hold them while you paint them. Let them dry at least 15 minutes in between coats so you dont get any runs or drips. Voila Paper Beads.