Featured Artist: Samantha from SJApaperbeads (Mallabula, NSW – Australia)
From her bio:
Hi My name is Samantha, I live in a small tourist town in Australia where the koalas live right across the road in the bush right next to the beach where the native birds fly over and squawk all day and the air is fresh and clean
I love bush walking,photography,blogging reading and most of all i love to create one of a kind paper beads and paper bead jewellery.
Making paper beads is a long process but well worth the effort .
I start with a piece of paper, my favorite papers to use are scrap booking paper and card in pretty patterns so i can get lots of detail and texture on my beads. I occasionally use recycled papers such as newspapers,magazines and Christmas cards.I have also started painting my papers so i can have a one of a kind design. Each piece of paper goes through a long process of measuring and cutting each strip of paper.I than roll each bead and coat every bead in thick coats of a non toxic sealer and non toxic varnish. This makes them water resistant and very durable. The end result of my paper beads often amaze me and keep me thinking of new designs and techniques to try so i will always have a supply of a variety of different colours shapes sizes and styles in my studio.
I also enjoy trying new crafts, at the moment i am experimenting with bead weaving , i am trying to make many different styles of bead woven bracelets to suit all occasions.
SJApaperbeads are beautiful! Here are some examples of the beauty to be found in her Artfire shop:
What are you waiting for? Go check out her shop! 🙂