Today’s Experiments…

11 02 2010

I am preparing to vend at a quilt show…I really am…so I am doing some experiments with making Angelina beads today…and other kinds of beads…here are my results.

Clockwise from upper left:  painted Tyvek beads—the tyvek was painted first with green and metallic gold, then the strips cut and rolled, then heated a bit (the heat makes the colors darker); painted Tyvek beads–this time the tyvek strips were cut first, rolled around a skewer and then painted with gold metallic paint (I think I like painting the tyvek first, then making the beads); next is beads made from Angelina film—I crinkled the Angelina film, then rolled it on the skewer and heated, on one of them I cut up bits of fibers, heated it and rolled it (these are very sparkly and shiny which you can’t tell so much since I didn’t use a flash for the photo); the purple beads are made from layers of Angelina fibers, which, the more you heat them, the deeper the color gets; and the last beads are made from a sheet of fibers with gold crimped Angelina on it (that’s why it looks hairy), rolled, then heated a bit (could be heated more to control the hairs).

It’s been fun! Now to find something to use these on.



5 responses

12 02 2010
Jaime Haney


12 02 2010

Nice work. These are rather addictive, aren’t they?

12 02 2010

Hi Jan, Thanks for leaving a comment. Yes, they definitely could be addictive and I really should sit around and make more of them to have on hand for my work! At the moment I am preparing for a show and needing samples which is why I made the Angelina beads…the others I have just had in my mind for a long time to make…so here they are…since I’m at it.

17 02 2010
Linda Lynch

I love your beads. I did a bunch of these a while back and had great fun. I like the fuzzies on the angelina beads.

19 02 2010
Robin Koehler

I have done a few of the shrink art beads but hadn’t thought of using tyvek–sounds like fun:) I saw the post with the beads added and WOW!

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