I would be very happy to be receive a handmade bookmark since I love to READ and to BEAD. So I am thinking you might be also. For a simple and quick to make Holiday gift, I came up with this tutorial for a bookmark using art beads and Kraft card stock.
white spiral imprinted glass and small glass beads by Genea beads;
green oval bead with surface texture by Natalie of NKP beads.
small colored porcelain beads by Mary Harding
Card Stock I used a Kraft color from JoAnn’s and other craft supply stores
Copper washer size 1/4 inch (hardware store or Harbor Freight)
Waxed Linen Jewelry Accord and White Clover Kiln
Elmer’s Glue stick ( it is drier than liquid Elmer’s and doesn’t warp the paper as much)
Small 4 mm metal beads mine came from Ornamentea
Package Tags available at craft stores like Michaels and JoAnn Fabrics
Krylon Acrylic Spray
Hole punch the kind used to put holes into notebook paper
1. Cut out two pieces of Kraft card 2 and 1/4 inches wide and 6 and 1/2 inches long.
2. Glue them together.
3. Using a Package Tag as a model, mark the top edges and hole placement at the top of the glued together strips.
4. Clip the top edges where you marked them.
5. Use the paper hole punch to make the center hole.
6. Apply E6000 glue to the copper washer with a toothpick
7.Attach the copper washer to the center top hole that you punched to reinforce it.
8.Choose an image for your bookmark . I photographed a stack of books that I would like to read. If you belong to a book group you could make a photo of books you will be reading. (You can also purchase printed tags with images and then follow along with the tutorial using them. If you choose that option I recommend gluing two together to make them more durable.)
Glue your image to your book mark. Use a glue stick. Be generous. Place the bookmark under several heavy books to dry so it will lie nice and flat.
9 Once it is dry, cut a 30 inch piece of waxed cord, fold it in half and and make a Lark’s Head knot through the copper washer reinforced hole going from the front to the back of the book mark.
10. Make a mark on you waxed linen at least 2 inches from the top of your bookmark. Undo your Lark’s head knot and begin stringing beads on the folded edge of your doubled waxed linen being sure to leave at least the 3 inches( longer now that it is not on the bookmark) you marked off without beads at the beginning so that your book mark can be soft and supple when it goes over the book’s spine or cover .It is much easier to string your small hole beads using the the folded end of you waxed linen than trying to fit the two lengths together through the small beads.You can also bead from the two strand cut end and put on your bigger art beads and work from both the bottom and the top.
In addition to the book bead and the artist beads, I used 4mm beads with holes that are large enough to go over the waxed linen. I knotted both strands of the waxed linen below the book bead and then added a few more small beads to each strand of the linen and tied one knot in each.
11.Reattach your string of beads through the copper reinforced hole by making a Lark’s Head knot from front to back as before. Check to make sure you left enough room for your string of beads to gently flow over the book’s spine or cover. Try it out on a book to be sure. If you need more room you can easily remove extra beads by undoing the Lark’s Head knot and taking them off. To preserve your bookmark you can use an acrylic spray like Krylon Workable Fixatif.
12. Enjoy giving your art beads bookmark gift.
Posted by Mary Harding