Friday, July 29, 2011

Beaded handrafted paper flower necklace.

I have an afinity for paper.  I love the paterns and colors available today and have been working at finding a way to use paper as jewelry.  The pliability is good, but it's the durability that is the main problem when using paper as a wearable item.  Probably nothing new to anyone!  However, this hasn't stopped me from creating a way to use paper in making some handcrafted jewelry.  The paper flowers were made using a simple chnique of cutting a circle out of paper and then cutting it into a spiral.  You can twist the paper around the tip of a pencil to get it going and then wrap it around until you can continue wrapping by hand. 

I used a glue stick or even a dab of hot glue to keep the flower from untwisting.  To make the flowers sturdy enough to be worn by a woman with four kids- I used two coats of modge podge and waited until they dried to apply them to my necklace. 

The paper necklaces I've made in the past wear easily unless being pulled or sucked on by little babes.  Which is how my past necklaces have ended their wearing days.  Try it out if you time!  It was a lot of fun!

Do you like to dabble in making your own jewelry?


donna said...

I love your paper necklace..

donna said...

Michelle~ YOU are so crafty....