I am going to go out on a limb and say that Uganda is basically famous for its paper beads. I am not sure if you are aware. Its famous for elephants, waterfalls, and paper beads. You can find beautiful paper bead necklaces in every craft shop and they are one of the most reasonably priced items coming out of Uganda. I know many women who are supporting their families by beading. If you are interested in buying paper bead necklaces 31 Bits is one of my favorite organizations marketing the jewelry to the states. Their designs are gorgeous. (Or you could just message me and I will send you one!)
|Paper beads made in Uganda!|
My mom taught me how to make these when I was a kid. Ours were not anywhere near this cool. But I used to love rolling beads. And now you can too.
These are the supplies you need:
|Scissors, pen, ruler, glass seed beads, varnish (or mod podge), clasp, thread or fishing wire, a needle, glue, and thick paper.|
The paper used in Uganda is all recycled. I am using an old calendar. You can use any thick paper. Card stock is too thick and magazines are too thin. Something in between like a poster (not poster board) or scrapbook paper would work.
|And the calendar is eco friendly!|
|I seriously do not understand this ruler.|
|So evenly spaced.|
Then you will want to do the same thing on the other side of the page but making the marks directly in between the marks you just made.
|Look at Deno's long skinny fingers. He is like a spider.|
|My hands look weird close up.|
|Rolling rolling rolling|
|Dorcus is my lovely assistant|
|Gladys... not a natural born bead roller|
|Gladys may have been fired from bead rolling.|
|An ice cream container filled with varnish, yum.|
Final necklace pictures still to come. Ooh anticipation!