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Encyclopedia jewelry


Whew, the first couple of weeks of school are almost done! I know those of you who are not teachers don’t feel sorry for us having two months off…but the first couple of weeks are tough! The first weekend after school ended, we had a baseball tournament, soccer finals, johns ultimate tournament, and a cancer walk. This week, i have been home the last couple nights after nine because i have been in training for brownies… So needless to say, i haven’t had the time or motivation to do anything crafty, let alone write about them.
But, i am a couple projects behind, so i will tell you about another of my encyclopedia art projects that I made before school started…A few days ago, i posted a paper craft where I made beads out of recycled encyclopedias. Now, they need to be made into something! So, I am making them into a pair of earrings and a necklace.
This is what you need to make the earrings…
A pair of earring findings (they sometimes call them fish hooks or shepherd’s hooks)
Two head pins (they are wires with a stopper on one end that look like straight pins)
Beads, paper and glass
Bead caps (which are fancy ends for beads)
A pair of needle nosed pliers

Thread the beads on the eye pin. I put a bead cap, then the bead, then another bead cap.

Then, cut off the head pin about 1cm away from where the beads end.

Then, use the pliers to bend the wire into a loop.

I used the extra wire that i cut off, to add another black bead. I bent a loop with the pliers, then threaded the bead on, and bent another loop.


Then, I attached the black bead to my paper bead by opening the loop, and I connected the other loop to the earring finding. Here are the finished earrings…

Here is how you make the necklace to match…
You need the following materials to make a necklace…
Two crimps (crimps are tiny beads that you can squeeze shut with a pair of pliers)
A clasp
Tigers tail wire (tigers tail is a very strong wire coated in plastic used for jewellery)

To make a necklace, start by deciding on your design. I like to use a bead board to lay it out first, you can also use a piece of fabric, which works well to stop the beads from rolling all over the place.

Cut the tigers tail wire to a bit longer than you want your necklace to be. Then thread the tigers tail wire through a crimp, then the clasp, then back through the crimp. Use a pair of pliers to squeeze the crimp closed to hold the clasp in place.

Then, thread on all of the beads, add another crimp, thread it through the clasp and back through the crimp again, and pull tight. I like to thread the rest of the wire back through a few of the beads rather than cut the wire off.

Then, squeeze the crimp shut, and you are done!

Check out the finished product…



Encyclopedia beads


I used to make these paper beads as a kid, so i thought i would try them out again as another project for my encyclopedias.
To make the beads, you need mod podge glue or white glue, paper, and a bbq skewer, and scissors or a knife.

First cut the paper into strips. I decided to cut the all of the strips out of black and white text. But, cutting them out of coloured paper and text is really pretty too. I used a ruler and exacto knife, but cutting with a pair of scissors is fine too, just try to keep your lines straight. You might even want to draw where you are going to cut with a ruler.

I also decided to cut them an even width. If you taper the width of the paper you will get a bead that looks more like the bead on the left side, which looks nice if you are using coloured paper. If you cut the strips straight, they will look more like the bead on the right. I am going to try making the straight cut beads.

Here is my daughter trying out making some beads…

You can use a paintbrush to spread the glue, but i prefer to dip my finger in the glue instead of using a brush because I can control the glue better. I also don’t mind getting sticky and glue all over my hands. (funny, my daughter doesn’t seem to mind either!)
Anyways, spread the glue on the entire length of the paper strip (don’t forget to glue on the wrong side of the paper), but leave the last centimeter with no glue because you don’t want it sticking to the skewer that you will be rolling it around. Then, start by wrapping the unglued end of the strip around the skewer

And continue rolling until the whole paper is wrapped. I like to stop just before the end and add a touch more glue to hold the end so it doesn’t unroll.

Then slide it off the skewer, and start again…

At this point they are cute, but wait until you see them as part of a necklace and earrings!