Monday, 22 October 2012

Module 6 chapter 6

Found beads

My collection of found beads is divided into 2, the first being pieces of natural materials, which either have natural holes in them or the holes have been made. This collection has also been coated in a metalic finish acrylic.


Top left clockwise, shell within a shell, stone, almond husk, almond shell, shells, stone, cork slices.

The next collection is small found fragments without holes.


Top left clockwise, walnut shells, painted, mixed shells, glass fragments and a broken car reflecter. All of these pieces could be attached to a BG with stitch and become beads even though they have no holes.

The next challenge was to make beads using paper pulp.


The left hand bead has been made using a small sink drainer as a mould, it was then painted with acrylic paint and spritzed with a sparling orange spary ink.

The 3 beads on the right have been made using pulp that was soaked in acrylic paint and then moulded in a small paint pallett, the concave side has come out really smooth and the convex is a nice textured surface. The top bead has been given the same treatment as the bead on the left.

Next is a set of beads made using shrink wrap, (sandwhich wrapping) as opposed to the craft product, and heat, and other melting plastic methods.


Left to right in rows, heavy plastic sandwiched with metal foil and heated with the heat gun. Bubble wrap rolled up into loose balls and heated into shape. Plastic bag snippets heated into beads. Shrink wrap painted and folded several times and ironed to shrink, then cut into bead shapes. Tissue paper button shapes wrapped in shrink wrap and ironed to fit. A shell wrapped in Shrink wrap and heated to shrink it around the shell. A piece of almond shell treated as the previous shell.

The last set of beads in this series are rolled toggle beads.


All of the top 9 beads are made in faric and the bottom 2 are Tyvek, which has been painted, cut to shape and and rolled. They were then wrapped with threads, some metallic, and they were heated with the heat gun to reveal the colours of the tyvek layers.

The next challenge was to use some of the above beads creatively. I went back to some of the surfaces created in chapters 2 and 8 and applied some of my hand made beads to embellish them.


This sample has beads of shells, almond husk and almond shell.


This sample has the cork beads and shells applied.


The plastic bubble wrap balls have been used on this samle from chapter 8


This is a sample from chapter 2 which has been decorated with the shrink wrap beads along the top, the almond shell in the middle and the shrink wrap button bead bottom right.

The last challenge for this chapter was to work a piece of beadwork on a beadloom. As I don't have one I Improvised and used a cardboard box.


The top pattern is just getting used to the loom. The bottom one has been worked to a grid placed over a printed pattern.




  1. you are so innovative. I love your plan, your drawing and numbers for the weaving piece. I have a 'thing' about melting it dangerous in terms of breathing fumes I wonder? I did it myself whilst studying for my C&G and think about it with a sense of fear....

    1. Hi Karen, many thanks for your comment. You are quite right to be careful when melting plastics, they do give off noxious smoke, so you must use them in a well ventilated place and if possible do all work outside, as I do now, as living in a flat I have to be careful not to set the smoke alarms off. If you suffer from any breathing difficulties, it would be wise not to do this at all.
      As a safeguard you should also use a respirator style mask and don't work in a confined space with other people present.
      It is definitely not something I would do in my work on a regular basis.

  2. You've got a great selection of beads and buttons. I love the first ones of the shells, and especially like your sample with the feathers, but they're all wonderful. I've never done paper pulp before, did you enjoy that process?

  3. thanks for the response....I'm still not sure though. Maybe if you had a 'fume cupboard' like they do in laboratories.....