Beads of paper pulp

Beads of paper pulp.

Take a piece of dough and form a coral shape out of it. The shapes may be different, so balls, fighting, cones, two cones with a common base. The future necklace may consist of either identical beads, or of different shapes, as long as there aren't too many of them, two or three is enough. We must avoid overcharging.

Beads can be rolled on any uneven surface, np. on corrugated paper. There is an opportunity to show different ideas and creativity. You can also decorate them by squeezing some lines on them with a sharp-pointed stick, stars, dots. You need to be careful, so that the decoration is consistent with the form of the coral. The beads cannot be too large, because they would be too heavy. We put the formed beads one next to the other in a straight line of this length, what should the necklace be like?. Then we pierce each bead with a wire or an awl and put the beads away for two or three days, to dry. They become hard after drying and do not break. Now they can be painted. The necklace can be in one color or in several, if there are different shapes of corals in it. Then you need to combine the colors nicely and again not to use them too much. It is easier to combine fewer colors, to harmonize well with each other. Corals can be painted with colored inks. If we don't have colored inks, we paint with ordinary button paints or poster paints. Then, however, after the paint dries, you need to cover the beads with a colorless varnish. Fast-drying varnishes are suitable for this, like "Nitro” or spirit varnish. Now all we have to do is string the beads, preferably on a wire. Our corals will definitely not be one size, it doesn't hurt anyway, they are not machine made. They must be properly arranged before threading: in the center the largest coral, and smaller on both sides.

Making various beads from paper pulp by children in art classes has great advantages. Just mastering this skill gives children a lot of satisfaction, and at the same time there are many opportunities to develop sensitivity to touch, to shape and colour, to develop an aesthetic taste.