I'm going to continue blabbing on about beads and bracelets this week because that's all I've got.
Today is an extremely boring post about the tools I use to make the beads. I've been using up leftover pieces of scrapbook paper that I could never bring myself to throw away. I measure and mark the back side of the paper then cut with scissors.
When it comes to rolling the paper I could buy a bead rolling tool but all over the internet you see people are rolling them with toothpicks or skewers.
I used some bent paper clips and toothpicks
My only problem was the the paper kept slipping so I went online and did some browsing. I found several things showing you how to make your own slotted tool. I have a slotted tool that I used for quilling but it's not long enough to hold the bead papers. I improvised and came up with something on my own using what I had.
I took a very thin dowel rod and sliced it with a box cutter creating a slit in one end. Then to make the other end just a little easier to hold on to I wrapped it with some decorative duct tape.. It's not pretty but it works great.
You might be able to see the slit in the end on the left of the picture. I slide the end of my bead paper in there and it holds the paper while I start to roll.