Saturday, December 5, 2009

Community-based Paper Beading in Romblon

A group of women in Sugod, Romblon, Philippines called the Payawpao Orchids made these beautiful handcrafted paper bead things. The group is supported by The Meaningful Shop an online store that supports the crafting of women from developing countries. The store is both a non-profit-organization as well as a fair trade org. They also support a group of women in Uganda.

Here are some of the women as they work on their beads. They also have a child sponsorship program where people can help in sending the children to school.

handmade paper bead bag

All the products in the shop are completely 100% fair trade! For now, there are five ladies in the group. Soon enough, when the group is making enough for themselves, more women will be invited. The goal basically so that they will have enough livelihood to help the women send their children to school.

handmade paper bead container

handmade paper bead stacks

It's a an ingenuous way of bringing the skills and talent of the community of Sugod together while helping them provide for their family. If you wanna know about the org more, do check out their website:

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Making your own paper beads

Here basics on making your own paper beads! So start collecting all scrap paper all over the house and start rollin'! (paper beads that is)

Materials that you will need are the following:
  • colorful magazine or posters
  • scissors
  • pen
  • ruler
  • needle or toothpick
  • varnish
  • clear varnish
  • fishing wire/nylon wire
Cut 4 inch by 1 inch triangles out of magazines or colored paper. Choose colors that you like.
Just put a bit of glue to the pointy end of the triangle. A glue stick or a tiny bit of liquid glue will do fine.
From the wide end, you may use a bamboo stick, a toothpick or a ink tube from pens to roll the paper shaped into a triangle to a cylindrical bead shape. You can make the spiral symmetric with the middle if you try or let it tend to one side. Just make sure the narrow end sticks tight and the beads are kept rolled up. Apply more glue if necessary. Slide the bead of the stick. Brush the beads with a solution of glue and water (one part glue and two parts water). Dry the beads. You can hang then on a string to dry. Make sure they don't stick to anything while it's drying. Yay! Now you're ready to bead!

You can push your creativity as far as you can with the beads. Art Fire came up with this beautiful set of painted beads!

Chinese paper beads from Crafty Stylish!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Paper Jewelry Rocks!

Very nice...I love all things wrapped in wires. This will be so pretty on my ears! Paper beads wrapped in brass wire from Sockpr0n

Here are some super creative, interesting and inspiring ideas of putting those garbage to use. Elegant, and exciting paper bead jewelry all over. Above is a purse made of paper beads. I got this photo from Paper Bead Girl. I encourage you to visit their site. They have an amazing collection of creative paper bead use.

Very elegant bracelet which is a combination of brass guitar string and pages from a French History book from Craft Stylish!

This one's inspired by the story of Aesop from Paper Beads. This was made for the celebration of Earth Day. Here the beads were coated to with Diamond glaze to give it that laminated glossy look.

I found the bracelet you see ove from Chronicles. The beads are baby pictures of new borns in the family and was given as a gift to a mom-slash-granny.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Paper Beads Galore

Beautiful rolled paper beads. This is going to be my next jewelry project. I found these images while I was searching about making paper beads. They're super innovative and pretty.

Recently I've been excited about making beads out of recyclable materials. Here are some paper bead ideas that I'd like to share with you.

Friday, October 2, 2009

North Luzon Trade Fair in Megamall

Went to the Megamall the other day, the Trade Fair happening for North Luzon producers. Products vary from furniture, food, accessories and clothes. Anyway, it seems really interesting. I would love to say more but I only got a glimpse of it since I was in hurry when I passed by. I think it'll be there for a while so for those who wants go, go for it! Please check it out and tell me about it. I'll have to wait for typhoon, Peping to pass by before I go out of the house again. In any case, you will definitely see something here next week.

Stay dry and warm this weekend.

Friday, July 10, 2009

I'm Back!

Hello Everyone,

I've been missing is action but now I am back again. I've been in one place to another with one preoccupation after another in the past few months. My fingers have been longing for those moments of smooth stones against my finger tips .

So here I am again back to twirl, stretch, fold wires. Weave, glue, stitch stones or beads for that matter and expect some more creations from in the next weeks to come.


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Sacred Amulet

This bracelet is made of sweet smelling sandalwood beads. A very special bracelet given to me by beautiful friend Nilu. She sent this to me from Colombo, Sri Lanka, where she is from. and I have worn the bracelet since I got it. Besides, it's the first ever package that I got from Sri Lanka (that alone makes it that special.)

The beads posses a powerful protective, anti-septic force but what makes it extremely special is that the beads are the same as those used in the prayer chains of Rishis, yogis and Buddhist monks. One can easily sense its energy when touched.

When I was kid I thought, I wanted to be a nun (being born from a Catholic family.) When I got older, I thought I wanted to become a monk at least the spiritual life that monks live. I guess these beads reminds me everyday of this.

I love you Nilu! Thank you so much!