I wanted to experiment with beeswax as an effective paper coating.
What better thing to try it out on than these paper beads?
I know there are a lot more possibilities out there - but I used what I have on hand.
(click on the images for a larger view)
this is a plain bead
this is a bead coated with "mod-podge" decoupage medium
this bead has diamond glaze on it
and this is the beeswax bead
Here are some of the differences:
The mod-podge and the diamond glaze needed to be painted on.
The beeswax bead was dipped.
The mod-podge and the beeswax dried quickly.
The diamond glaze took a couple of hours to dry.
The mod-podge bead will need more than 1 coat.
The beeswax bead needs to be buffed with a soft cloth.
The beeswax gave the paper a transparent effect.
The mod-podge and the diamond glaze did not.
I liked the beeswax best.
Here's a necklace I made with the paper beads and some wood beads from Africa that I already had in my bead stash:
Dipping a lot of beads was easy.
I strung them onto some wire and loosely coiled it up.
I dropped it in the hot beeswax and let it soak for about 3 minutes.
When I took it out, I carefully uncoiled the wire and hung it up to dry.
It was completely "set" in about 2 minutes and ready to buff with a cloth in about half an hour.
You have to wait a little while before buffing because the beeswax is so sticky at first.
... next, I want to see what happens to different mediums treated with beeswax - like oil pastels, watercolors, collage, pen and ink, etc.