Monday, January 21, 2008

Tyvek Beads

I tried my hand at making beads out of Tyvek today. First, I painted Lumiere on a rectangle of Tyvek (a recycled U.S. Priority Mail mailer) and cut it into triangles about 3 inches long and 1 inch wide. I coated the back with a glue stick, then rolled the triangles around a wooden bamboo skewer. (See second photo.) I used a heat gun to melt them until they fused.

I think I'm going to try making them a bit fatter next time, and perhaps melting them a bit longer. They are still a bit "papery" on the ends. I'm also going to try allowing the Lumiere to dry longer, and lusing less of the glue stick.


  1. Susan, we'll have to compare beads. I'm doing the same thing today!

  2. So when the Post Office is out of Priority Mail envelopes, we'll know its because Judy and Susan have been making Tyvek beads! :-)

  3. I love yours and Judy's beads and am itching to do some myself.


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