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Paper Quilling Treasury List

I want to share a quilled art treasury list from Etsy:

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Origami Bracelets Using Book Cover Paper – Success!!!

I just love it when a plan comes together! Yes – it works. I received the art spray and began the next phase of my “experiment” – to see if it will work on the book cover paper that I am using for the new origami bracelets. I printed the design using regular ink cartridges (not the photo ink cartridge that I ordered) and treated the paper. After spraying it three times (just to be sure) I checked to see if the water will damage the design or the paper. What’s really cool is that the paper looks exactly like it should after being sprayed. The colors remained the same and it seemed like it was not sprayed with anything. Now, for the test – I dropped water on the paper, and yes, it did not go through – the water beaded – and after wiping off the water, the design and the paper remained the exact same way it was!

 Here is the image of two new designs using the “book cover” paper for the origami bracelets. I plan on using this paper for my other bracelet designs. The only difference is that this paper has a white background so I might have to change the background color for the other designs or just print it with a white background. More experiments to follow…

Origami Bracelets Using Book Cover Paper (similar to a book dust jacket)

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Origami Bracelet – Using “Rescued” Book Cover Paper

I “rescued” a box of book covers that were about to be thrown out. The paper is similar to poster paper (not poster board), like photo paper (but thinner), glossy white on one side. So, a new experiment begins. The design prints beautifully on it – the colors crisp and clear. I sprayed it with my fixative spray and found that the fixative does not work on it they way it should. The water does bead, however, it leaves a spot, removes a layer on the paper (the fixative and a layer of the design). The design on the paper does not run though.  I found it really strange.

 So I have two choices: find an art print spray (one that is specially made for ink) and/or use a photo ink when printing the design. I ordered both to test which one will work best.

 What’s really great about the book cover paper is that it is quite sturdy – the regular paper bracelet is 0.1 cm thick, this one is 0.15 thick. This will make a great kit for kids who want to learn how to make the bracelets.

 Here is an image of a bracelet made out of the book cover paper:

Origami Bracelet - Made with "rescued" book cover paper

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Origami Bracelets – Bracelets that Fit Your Wrist Models

I asked some of my students to model the bracelets for me.

 Here are the images of my fourth graders wearing the origami bracelets:

Origami Bracelet Models

Origami Bracelet Model

Origami Bracelet Model

Origami Bracelet Models


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Dyeing Yarn

I finally found the pictures that I took last summer of the yarns that I dyed. I thought I had lost them!

Here are a few images of the yarns that I dyed.



The yarns have combinations of mercerized and unmercerized cotton, bamboo, and linen. I liked the way the linen makes it stronger. When the yarn is not yet wrapped in a ball, it looks all twisted, but once wrapped in a ball, its quite magnificent! The texture is great. The strands are twisted together. It would be challenging to knit, but great to crochet. I will post more information about the yarns I dyed and will probably have a few that I will sell on Etsy. I use Dharma dyes – they are great to work with. I like multicolored yarns and experiment with many different combinations. I try to dye about 1500 to 2000 yards each time so that there is enough yarn for a project. I can’t duplicate each color combination I make though – it does make the yarn one of a kind!

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Origami Bracelets – How Color Changes Design

It’s amazing how colors affect each other. Here are two bracelets with the same design. The difference is that one is printed on pink paper, while the other is printed on blue paper.

 Images of Purple, Pink, and Blue Design Origami Bracelet – One on pink paper, and another on blue paper

Origami Bracelet - Purple, Pink, and Blue design on Pink Background

This origami bracelet design is called Purple, Pink, and Blue and printed on pink paper.


Origami Bracelet - Purple, Pink, and Blue design on Blue Background

This is the same design – Purple, Pink, and Blue – and yet the design comes out differently because it was printed on blue paper.

Don’t you just love colors?

Even when quilling, the background affects the way the quilling piece looks.



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Origami Bracelet – Rainbow Design

Origami Rainbow Bracelet

 It took a while and I finally found the design that I wanted. Here is the origami rainbow bracelet.


Image of Origami Rainbow Bracelet


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Paper Origami Bracelets – Bracelets that Fit Your Wrist Designs

Paper Origami Bracelets – Bracelets that Fit Your Wrist!


* Bracelets that fit your wrist (either with a Velcro-like fastener or without a fastener)

* Note that if you pull hard on the bracelet, it will unfasten from your wrist (as other kinds of bracelets will break). The bangle bracelet will get torn (it is made of paper). I have a blog entry that talks about how my fourth grade students tried out the bracelets in school to see how they hold up with rowdy 9 and 10 year olds!

* Original Designs

* Choices on design and background

* Treated to make the bracelet water resistant (it is NOT water-proof)

* Shipping Charges: $4 for up to 20 bracelets, add $1 for each additional 10 bracelets

* More designs coming soon


XXSmall – 5 3/4 inch circumference

XSmall – 6 1/4 inch circumference

Small – 6 3/4 inch circumference

Medium – 7 1/4 inch circumference

Large – 7 3/4 inch circumference

XLarge – 8 1/4 inch circumference

 I can also make bangle bracelets. Choose your size and design and let me know.

Go to my Etsy Shop and Click on: Request Custom Order

Here are the images of the Origami Bracelets that Fit Your Wrist!

Origami Bracelet - Best Friends with Multicolor Design on Light Blue Background

Origami Bracelet - Blue and Purple Hues on Light Blue Background

Origami Bracelet - Multicolored design on Ivory background

Origami Bracelet - Purple Hues design on Bright Blue Background

Origami Bracelet - Purple Hues design on Ligt Blue Background

Origami Bracelet - Purple, Pink, and Blue design on Blue Background

Origami Bracelet - Purple, Pink, and Blue design on Pink Background

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Paper Origami Bracelets – Bracelets that Fit Your Wrist!

I introduced my students to a new project – Paper Origami Bracelets using catalog magazines and other paper that can be reused. The kids love them! One of my students said that she wished they would fit in her wrist instead of being a bangle bracelet. She read my mind! So, I started a series of experiments on how to make the bracelet fit on one’s wrist. And, after many experiments, I found two ways of making these bracelets fit anyone’s wrist.

 The first way is to use a fastener, looks just like Velcro, but thinner than Velcro. I wanted to make sure that the fastener works and will stay put during the day. I asked one of my fourth graders to wear the bracelet for a day. It was funny because she reported to me afterwards that she played as she usually does and even did a lot of jumping jacks to see if the bracelet will stay on her wrist. You have to be careful with it though if you are wearing a long sleeved jacket and tend to push your jacket’s sleeves up and down. With normal wear, the bracelet will be just fine.

Here are the images of Paper Origami Braceles – Bracelets that Fit Your Wrist!

Now, I still wanted to find a way of attaching the bracelet without using any fasteners. After a few more experiments, I finally got found a way that works. Here are the images of how it works.

It’s really easy to put it on when someone is helping you. I wanted to see if it was easy for my fourth graders to put it on without any help. Here is the image of my student demonstrating how to put it on without anyone’s help.

Now, will they stay in your wrist? I asked five of my students to wear the bracelet all day. One of the girls said that it came off because she put her hand through the handle of her lunch box. Other than that incident, everything else was great. I had to help one of my students remove it – they don’t come off just by tugging on it (if they are put together correctly.

 So, I started out new designs (all original) for bracelets that I am offering at my Etsy Shop. These are fun to make and it’s great to be able to create new designs that could work with different outfits. Check out my next blog that has the images of the bracelet designs that are currently available.

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Paper Quilling – Quilling with Kids

Here are pictures of some of the quilling my students completed. We used regular colored paper instead of quilling paper since they are just learning how to quill.

Quilling with Kids Images:



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