When I was a kid I loved to rummage through the attic! There seemed to be an endless supply of cool things to find up there. My parents had tons of stuff stored up there, and it seemed like every treasure was a story of the past. One day when I was about 11 or 12 years old, i found these long strands of huge beads. Upon further investigation I realized these beads were made of paper!!! I was amazed and curious since I had never seen such a thing, so I asked my dad and he said he had started making one of those beaded door curtains back in the 70's, but never finished it...so there they were, these big rolled paper beads, and i thought to myself, "what a cool idea! I wonder if I could do that?" so I started trying. I really wanted to make the beads small enough to wear on a necklace. So I practiced and practiced...the first several attempts resulted in some very long skinny awkward things that insisted on unrolling during the glue drying phase...but I suppose I kept trying, until eventually I was doing it..and they were awesome!
Literally many years went by with me thinking I had pretty much made up the entire concept of a paper bead small enough to wear in jewelry....imagine my dismay...when I found a book for sale on ebay called "How to Make Paper Beads" ?!?!?! oh, i was bent outta shape! haha! Oh well...they are still pretty unique...not many people bother with the intricate work of rolling and glueing and drying and clear coating...it's a pretty long process to get one bead! I have recently started making some cylinder shaped ones that I paint and then clear coat. These are really nice!
I just recently started to sell the paper beads. At first I didn't have any idea how much to charge for such a thing and I was more or less giving them away! Then I realized it took way too much time and work to mess with that, so I raised the price some. People who can appreciate the time and effort don't mind paying what they are worth...they look really nice when mixed with other beads and spacers and charms and stuff. Not to mention the jewelry makes a great conversation piece...whenever people compliment something I'm wearing and I mention that the beads are paper they are like "WHAT?? NO WAY!!" heehee!