Howdy and welcome,
For WOYWW, wanted to share these wrapped fabric beads on my table that I just finished making!
David Daruszka for Creative Media Wizards
She had a box of handmade blue fabric beads in her stash - that were incredible. I had never seen fabric beads before...I had seen samples of wrapped paper beads in the past, but I always thought they were ugly. I examined Maria's fabric beads under my magnifying light to see how they were made. Then I made mine - but a bit differently. I made my beads over the course of one week...Here's a tutorial if you want to try your hand at this!
SUPPLIES / MATERIALS LIST
· Beads - assortment of small beads and seed beads
· Coffee stirrer straws – smallest diameter
. Containers - small divided containers - I used containers from The Container Store
. Craft mat
· Fabric scraps – cotton (minimum of 2” x 6”) - I used about 6 different patterns. I tried different types of fabrics and blends - but only cotton worked for me
· Fibers - assorted thin scrapbooking fibers - I used eyelash novelty yarns and metallic
· Glue - for this project I experimented with several (White glue, Fabric glue, 3-in-1 (my fave for this project))
· Paint - gold acrylic paint - 2oz. bottle
. Paper towel
. Palette (optional)
· Quilting ruler (or metal edge ruler)
· Rotary cutter (any size)
· Round-nose plies
· Scissors - fabric
· Scissors - Tonic
· Stamps – rubber or acrylic - foreign sript and foreign text designs
. Styrofoam scrap from old packaging - approx. 12" x 3" x 3"
· Toothpicks - equaling the number of beads you want to make
. Water spritzer
· Wire – assorted colors of thin gauge craft wire (I used black, red, gold) small enough to fit through your beads
· Wire cutters
- Stick a toothpick in styrofoam every inch - make 2 or 3 rows, staggering the placement of toothpicks between rows.
- Cut some coffee stirrers 2 inches long - then cut a few to 1 inch. Set aside in container.
- Cut short length of fibers approx. 1 3/4" long. Set aside in container.
- Cut wire approx. 3" long - one wire for each bead you are making.
- Using round-nose pliers, make a loop on one end of wire. Set aside in container.
- Cut cotton fabric into rectangular strips measuring 2" x 4" using rotary cutter or fabric scissors. I chose red fabrics with gold prints or bold prints.
- Cut cotton fabric strips into long triangles with a 2" base.
- Alternately stamp script or text on right side of fabric triangles using gold acrylic ink. Dry overnight.
- Lay stamped fabric triangle wrong side up/right side down on craft mat.
- Squeeze a thin line of glue onto triangle about 1" from base and 1/4" from each side of triangle.
- Place straw between base and glue.
- Wrap fabric tightly around straw pressing base of fabric triangle into glue.
- Hold straw and fabric with left hand.
- With right hand, squeeze a thin line of glue down center of triangle stopping 1/4" from tip.
- Continue rolling fabric tightly around straw, smearing glue into fabric to the tip. Drop bead onto a toothpick to dry overnight.
- Spritz paper towel with water to slightly dampen it.
- Wipe glue off craft mat with damp paper towel. Then dry craft mat with dry paper towel
- Clean glue off your hands with wipe - then dry your hands on dry paper towel.
- Repeat steps 1-10 until you have made all the beads you need for your project.
- With the Tonic scissors, lightly trim the two ends of each bead so that the straw is flush with the fabric. Also use the fabric scissors if the fabric starts to fray. Set aside in container.
- Lightly dip both bead ends into a puddle of gold acrylic paint - enough to cover the fabric edges and hide the straw. Use a palette - or I used the paint inside the bottle cap. Drop onta a toothpick to dry overnight.
- Repeat step 1 for all remaining beads.
After fabric has completely dried on the toothpicks, it's time to wrap bits of fiber around each bead.
- Squeeze a very small drop of glue onto center of bead.
- Choose one matching or contrasting fiber.
- Wrap fiber diagonally onto bead in a spiral going from top to bottom clockwise, while smearing glue in the center of fiber. Don't glue the fiber all the way down - leave each end unglued a little with the fiber sticking out.
- Drop bead onto a toothpick to dry overnight.
- Spritz paper towel with water to slightly dampen it. Wipe glue off craft mat with damp paper towel.
- Clean glue off your hands with a wipe - then dry your hands on clean paper towel.
- Repeat steps 1-6 until you have wrapped all the beads with fiber you need for your project.
WRAP WIRE / STRING BEADS
Goal is to string 10-20 beads per fabric bead.
- Hold fabric bead in left hand vertically.
- With your right hand, place wire loop on left side at top of fabric bead - and press loop down with your left thumb.
- Holding bead in left hand, hold wire in right hand, tightly wrap one wire diagonally in a spiral going from top to bottom clockwise, stringing 3-5 beads every 360 degree turn as you wrap the wire. Leave a 1" tail at end of wire.
- Make a loop at end of wire and press loop tighly to bottom tip of bead. If wire is too long, cut a bit off before making the final loop.
- Admire your handiwork!
Let me know if you try this technique. Send me a link to a photo of your fabric beads on your blog or website.
Thanks for stopping by - and please leave a comment.
Here are more artist desks for WOYWW if you want to take a peek!