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How to Make Word or Text Beads Tutorials

NOTE : All tutorial links here are no longer available
Words are very powerful. They have the ability to make us think, let our imaginations soar, impart deep emotion and also make us laugh. String words together and you will get a message to share. So here are some neat tutorials to make word or text beads :

1. Word Tube Beads is a brilliant tutorial by Pat Winter who shows us how to make them out of acrylic tubing, beads, rondelles or bead caps and wire.

The chocolate one made me smile because I love this treat. If you know how to cut glass tubes and smooth the edges, I think it'll work just as well.

2. Text Beads by Brenda Spiwak on Beading Daily is a tutorial which involves the collage technique onto smooth beads. The words were taken from book pages but I am sure you could type up and print your own.

3. If you would like to try Shrinky Dinks, check out their website. Alternatively, there are plenty of tutorials on how to recycle  #6 plastic containers for DIY Shrinky Dinks. Christjob on the site wrote and illustrated a how to. Mindbites also has a video tutorial on how to make your own DIY Shrinky Dinks. They look like a lot of fun to make not just word beads but pendants. Drawings are a cinch too and fun for the whole family.

If you do make them, here are some memorable quotations about the power of words:

"You can stroke people with words."
F. Scott Fitzgerald

"By words the mind is winged."

"Words are of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind."
Rudyard Kipling

"Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of imagination."
Ludwig Wittgenstein

"Words have incredible power.
They can make people's hearts sore,
and they can make people's hearts soar."
-Dr Mardy Grothe

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  1. I love the word tube beads -will just have to bookmark this post! I agree, words can be powerful. I love decorating my house with word signs, guests tell me they love to come and read my walls!

  2. Love these! The string of tutorials you've been posting this week is fantastic.

  3. Cool post!

  4. Great ideas...some people have such interesting imaginations???


  5. Glad everybody liked the tutorials as much as I did when I first came across them!

    1. I just ran across this. I realize it's an old post but I would love details on the tube word pieces. The link is no longer valid.

    2. Thanks for letting me know. ALL the tutorial links are no longer available. But try this one on Youtube -

    3. I'm most interested in the acrylic tube beads. Is there a tutorial available on those? Or just a supply list to find out exactly what the tubes are and where to purchase. Thank you.

    4. You can get clear plastic tubing (different dimensions) from hardware stores under plumbing. These can be cut into tubes - you can put a word on a small piece of paper inside. You can then wire it up with bead capes on either end of the tube. Alternatively, you can also purchase premade acrylic beads -

  6. Thank you for this post, I will be bookmarking it as I have an idea for a project and wanted to add some words but wasn't sure how to go about it....Great ideas!

  7. Forever educating Pearl! I don't know where you find the time to come up with all of these posts - but I'm glad you do!

  8. Thanks for the great post. When I looked at the words in glass I thought it was plastic tubing, so for those of us who do not work with glass that could be a great alternative.

  9. Pat Winter's tube beads are precious and remind me of those ancient scrolls that they rolled the king's proclamations onto. :)
    Pearl, I agree with you about glass tubes working just as well as the acrylic tubes that Pat suggested as acrylic can yellow with age. Unfortunately I have limited knowledge regarding glass cutting nor the tools. :(

  10. You can get a glass scorer which you can then cut around a glass tube. The glass lengths can then be snapped off (safety gloves, glasses, please!). The raw glass edge can be ground down or covered with bead caps as the above tutorial.


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