When I first started making paper beads for jewelry, I saw a lot of recommendations to dry the beads on the straw, toothpick, or whatever you used to roll them. I found the problem with this was that I ended up needing a roller for every single bead which I thought was pretty wasteful. Plus, the beads sometimes stuck to the roller and I couldn’t get them off, and my bead would be ruined…ugh.
So I came up with a solution that I have found works really well for me.
The drying rack doesn’t stick to the beads because it uses waxed dental floss. It’s reusable. It’s easy and inexpensive to set up. Once the beads are dry, you can also use it as a place to hang the beads while you decorate them. The bead drying rack also works great for drying beads after you have varnished them.
How to Make a Paper Bead Dryer – Video Tutorial
Supplies for making a Paper Bead Dryer
- Plastic Container
- Clothes Pins (Plastic or wood)
- Waxed Dental Floss (So the adhesive in the paper beads won’t stick)
- 26 Gauge Craft Wire
- Jewelry Wire Cutters
- Flat Pliers
- Dowel for holding the jewelry wire while you twist it. (Metal, wood, or plastic)
How to make a Paper Bead Drying Rack
- Place 2 clothes pins on opposite sides of the plastic container.
- Make a beading needle by cutting about 3-5 inches of wire. Bend in half and then twist the wire using your dowel and flat pliers. Clip the ends with your wire cutter so that they are flush with each other. You may want to flatten the eye of the needle a little in order for the needle to more easily pass through your beads. (If you don’t want to make your own beading needles, you can purchase beading needles from your local arts and crafts store. However, that might become a little pricey since you’ll need to replace the needles and floss every so often.)
- Cut a length of floss a little more than twice the distance between the 2 clothes pins.
- Thread your beading needle with the dental floss.
- Measure the distance between the clothes pins and tie the dental floss at that distance.
- Loop your threaded dental floss onto the 2 clothes pins.
Repeat steps 1-6 until your container runs out of space.
How to Use Your Paper Bead Drying Rack
- Roll your bead.
- Slide it gently off your bead roller.
- Using the beading needle, thread the bead onto the waxed dental floss.
- Place the floss back around the clothes pin.
- Let your bead dry.