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AlexisArtStudio 1 year ago

Learning how to make daisy chains and developing my own signature stitch. I like the contrast of bigger flowers...especially for people in my age group who may not be wearing their glasses. Flower power now and forever! (No listings yet, please inquire)

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Story beads are made of papier mache, then covered with words I have cut from old books. To attach the words, I begin by making lots of slices in the paper to accommodate the bumps and curves of the bead. Using a toothpick to pick up the tiny pieces of paper, I dip them in gel medium and touch them to the beads. I've added color and a bit of acrylic varnish.

"No ifs ands or buts" is a special pair because after I had cut away several other poems, these are the words that stood out as being left behind on the page. It made me laugh. This pair embodies humor while other pairs may be more poetic.

Yellow and pink together for a color combination that pops. Glass and wood accent beads. Total length about 2 inches. Back of card has complete text.

I've made an assortment of story beads, all embellished with real type that I have sliced from old books. Most are legible and you can follow the story around them. Often the story continues from one bead to the next. Other times it is two related stories, or poems. Please do not take them literally. I have mixed up the lines until I found new meaning in them and/or found them humorous. Each pair comes on a card, with a title, of course! Some have excerpts or the complete text on the back.

Story bead earring accent beads are a variety of glass, crystal, stone and/or wood beads. Total length up to about 2 inches. Light weight and easy to wear. Fun, quirky gift to be enjoyed by a person with a sense of humor. Still several pairs available right now and a few in process.

Read more about some of the individual pairs on my blog at
www.zenhensart.com and search for Story Bead

AND more about the process behind the beads at
www.setright.net and search for Beads

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Earrings Made from Repurposed Books, Word Art Earrings, Story Bead Earrings Made from Old Books, Repurposed Book Jewelry


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  • Handmade item
  • Primary color: Pink
  • Secondary color: Yellow
  • Drop length: 1.25 Inches
  • Materials: papier mache, books, beads glass crystal, wood beads, glass beads
  • Only ships within United States.
  • Feedback: 34 reviews
  • Favorited by: 1 person

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