Friday, August 21, 2015

Jenny Monthly Challenge - August Edition

Here it is, August 21st, and I'm just now revealing what I've chosen for my August Monthly Challenge. That's got to be some sort of record for me.

Ah well.

Still, I'm quite excited about what I'm working on... And I can sum it up in two words:

Paper beads!

While on vacation, my mum reintroduced me to the joys of rolling paper beads.  I've actually made some before (first attempt can be seen here, second attempt can be seen here), but this time I really took off. 

The secret to my success? That bright green contraption you see there in the front of the picture. It's actually a 1/16 bead roller that my mum bought me from PaperBeadGirl--and that thing is awesome. So much better than using toothpicks.

I started off using the paper strips that my mum bought me (also from PaperBeadGirl), and then I expanded to cutting my own from 12x12 decorative paper. Although I have a stencil (again, from PaperBeadGirl), the above strips were cut by me using the tried-and-true eyeballing method. Heh. Apparently I got a bit tired of measuring.

All told, during vacation, I made this wonderful pile of beadie goodness:

Heh... I can tell my earlier beads from the ones I did later.
Just a little bit of a learning curve.

And the paper strips that I cut myself? Turned into these:

Pink! And purple! And snatches of white!

So, by now, you might be wondering just what my August challenge is going to be.

And the answer is simple: I want to make a piece of jewelry using those pink-and-purple beads in that last picture. 

Of course, if I get time, I want to do stuff with the others beads, too... I already have a growing idea of what I want to do with the eclectic mismatched ones. But! My main goal is to make something with those pinkpurple beads specifically--so that I can have the satisfaction of making something from start to finish: picking the paper, cutting the strips, rolling the beads, and then assembling the final piece of jewelry.

So! There you go! Come back on Monday, August 31st, to see what I make! 

...And now it's time for me to go start creating! :)


  1. Oooooh, oooooh! I love paper beads. A friend of mine made a beaded curtain out of them, and I've always wanted to try. Very nice project.

    1. Ooooooooh, I love the thought of a beaded curtain! I might have to try that! :D
      *adds it to the evergrowing list of cool projects I want to do*


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