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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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