Tuesday, May 28, 2013

noodle beads


Lately it seems like a lot of my art and craft inspiration revolves around a taking care of a toddler and instead of wishing my process (and time) were different, I have been choosing to embrace this chapter in my creative life! 

Recently a "lets play with noodles" project with Lucy ended in a TON of inspiration for me. I was suddenly inspired to transform pasta into beads. Yes I know its been done thousands of times in kids crafts but I wanted to make noodle beads for grown ups. My goal- try to make them NOT look like pasta!

I knew right away that I would be using spray paint to "prime" my noodles.

Tip- whenever I spray paint something (objects) I like to use a piece of painted canvas- I have found that things don't stick to the canvas like they would to other surfaces (like cardboard, paper or plastic) plus you can use all that color as a layer in a canvas painting!


Then I got busy altering the surface of the noodles!

1. I used permanent markers and paint pens to add lines, dot and designs. 2. I used acrylic paint to add large areas of color. 3. Using all purpose craft glue, I wrapped the noodles with colorful twine, floss and yarn. 4. I covered the surface of the noodles with fabric and then added a layer of gel medium to seal. 5. I wrapped the noodles with wire.


The result are unique and colorful beads! While they are not perfect I love that they have a or boho and tribal look which fits my taste when creating  beaded jewelry.

While the spray paint seals the pasta, you can go a step further and dip them in gel medium or polyurethane gloss.

I used my noodle beads paired with colorful seed beads to create colorful bangles and necklaces!


39 comments:

  1. Great, so inspiring. Isn´t it great when we can do something wonderful using everyday stuff? Love the noodles wrapped with wire. Have a nice day!

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  2. Amazing...these are gorgeous!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  3. awesome -- you inspire me --

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  4. I think it's great that you go with the flow. All the details on the beads amazes me! I love them!

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  5. these look amazing!!

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  6. Oh my Goodness, Alisa... you are SO creative!!! WHO would tell these are pasta beads?? Absolutely gorgeous, they perfectly fit my taste too! :)

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  7. Incredible. These look just like trade beads. Fantastic!!!!

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  8. Unreal. How do you do it? This is gorgeous!
    Nancy
    www.dosmallthingwithlove.com

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  9. Anonymous10:07 AM

    so much fun! I would love to try this
    great idea

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  10. Oh my gosh, those are fantastic! I also love the idea of the painted canvas. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  11. Anonymous11:36 AM

    Fabuleux !!! Comme toujours,
    merci
    Mohair à Paris

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  12. Yolanda1:49 PM

    You are always so inspiring! Thanks for the idea. My granddaughters would love this, too.
    Yolanda
    PS I took a class with you last year at create and learned so much. Thanks again. I was the strange one with the iPad!

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  13. livethegoldenrule3:42 PM

    Very clever, as usual ;D I'm thinking about the small/gold ones with glitter....... Glad you are using your time with Lucy so well. Both she and you benefit from it. (We do too!!) Good Job!!

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  14. you are brilliant. :)

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  15. Anonymous11:04 PM

    It is a brilliant idea but why to use food when you can use other materials that are similar? Just saying

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  16. after i saw the first picture..i will never believe this will be pasta ;-))) - great !

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  17. I love that you follow creative impulses wherever they may lead. You are an inspiration.

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  18. oh how i love your noodle beds! i'm a preschool teacher and love fancifying kiddo materials into grown up materials. your beads are gorgeous! thank you for sharing!

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  19. very cool. they don't look like pasta at all. and what a fun project to do with kids.

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  20. Seriously amazing! Your creativity never ceases to inspire and amaze me ....

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  21. This is fabulous. I have always been told I am not artistic - but I love to do crafts and you frequently inspire me to try new things. I will definitely be making myself some summer boho bracelets. Thank you for being you and letting us all in! Vohn x (in Scotland)

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  22. thank's for information . . .

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  23. Only you can make noodles so stylish and chic! So inspired by your art!

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  26. This is an AWESOME idea.... but won't the pasta break when it's worn? I love this idea for our local craft club!!!

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  28. Will definitely try this out :) Absolutely love it...

    Will post some in my own blog (http://pridenstyle.blogspot.co.uk/) once I do them, hopefully before the summer ends

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