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Paper bead-making with Faye Heininger | 20 July – Session 1 of 2 | Now fully booked

20/07/2022 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

multi-coloured necklaces showcased on manequins

Faye Heininger

Faye started Lilli Pilli Beads (a paper bead jewellery and accessories company) after moving to Ballarat in September 2019. She has a background in art and started creating art in high school. She has a diploma of Interior Design, a Certificate III in Visual Art and has worked in marketing for almost 30 years, running her own company for 15. Her loves are drawing, art/art galleries and architecture, and is a self-taught bead-maker.

Unique jewellery

I make beads from paper and turn them into jewellery. My jewellery is lightweight, comfortable, beautiful and are bespoke creations. I am always looking for sustainable materials to include in my bead creation and jewellery making process.

Workshop outline

This workshop is designed for adult beginners. It is an opportunity to learn new skills and to create your own bespoke, single-strand paper bead necklace.


The workshop will be a two-day course.

Session 1 will be a four-hour session where you will learn to make paper beads. In this session, I will teach you how to:

  • Pick the right paper.
  • Create different bead shapes.
  • How to roll and create desired bead shapes, and
  • How to seal your beads.

Session 2 will be a two-hour session focusing on the build and assemblage of the necklace and you will learn how to:

  • Create your necklace using the sealed beads made in session 1.
  • Select some complimentary jewellery findings to enhance your beads, and
  • Learn a simple sliding knot to complete the necklace.

What is provided

  • All materials.
  • Bead paper.
  • Glue & sealer.
  • Findings (acrylic beads to put between the paper beads).
  • Nylon cord rope.
  • Baby wipes.
  • Silk bag for finished jewellery.

Tools you will use

  • Craft mat.
  • Bead rollers.
  • Paint brushes.
  • Pin nosed glue pots for application to beads.
  • Flocked bead design boards.
  • Water pots.
Paper beads | Faye Heininger
Paper bead-making | Faye Heininger

A brief history of paper beads

The creation of paper beads has been said to have started in England as far back as the Victorian age. Young ladies would get together and spend their time creating paper beads out of beautifully elaborate wallpaper scraps.

To create their paper beads, knitting needles were used and trimmed wallpaper scraps were wrapped around them to form the beads. The beads would then sealed and polished with bees wax.

These Victorian women were said to have created beaded curtains and room dividers with their paper beads. Today we can only imagine how beautiful these creations were.

Paper bead making made a comeback in the 1920s and ‘30s when young women were making the beads smaller and using them in the creation of jewellery.

They also used knitting needles to create their paper beads, but they used newsprint and other printed papers which created much smaller beads. These crafty women also started to use their perfumes on the finished beads, creating scented paper beads. This was a time when perfumes were extremely expensive and hard to come by, so this was a way they could wear their favourite scents every day.

In recent times

Creating paper beads in the modern era is pretty much the same as in the Victorian era and early 2oth century, except that a wider variety of papers are easily obtainable, like rice paper, construction paper, and a lot more. The various types of paper we now use clearly adds character and texture to the final product.

There are now plenty of tools and resources to help in the creation of paper beads. Apart from endless paper products, there are also many sophisticated hand rolling tools, glues, and sealers to take the final bead products to the next level.

In the Philippines, paper beads are helping local communities generate income. This is also a way to resolve serious waste management problems.

In Uganda, paper beads are made in co-operatives as part of development projects. Many women in Uganda make paper beads from recycled materials and can provide for their families by selling the beads and jewellery pieces that they make.


More about Lilli Pilli Beads & Faye Heininger

Purchase & confirmation

To attend these sessions the cost is $95 for the two sessions (price includes GST), discounts apply to BMI members and Concession holders. This workshop will have a limit of 8 attendees per session. 

Other payment options

If you do not wish to pay on-line please contact the Library on (03) 5331 3042 or email to reserve your place.

Community Art Project

If you have an idea for a Community Art Project then we would like to hear from you.

This workshop is a BMI Community Art Project – Ballarat’s Oldest Cultural Institution


10:30 am - 2:30 pm
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