| Paper jewelry is a very popular craft. Just look on Pinterest to see some of the beautiful hand made jewelry. I wanted to include some paper beads in my August altered art project for the Robinís Nest Design Team. Of course, that lead to an SVG cut file for making paper beads.|
I watched some videos on YouTubeR and studied the examples on PinterestR more closely and noticed a common thread. Most of the paper beads are made by wrapping designer paper around a thin stick and there are just a hand full of paper shapes used to make these beads.
As you can imagine, drawing these shapes in IllustratorR was very easy. The thickness of the bead is determined by the length of the paper strip and the width of the bead is determined by the width of the strip. I decided to include two sizes of beads in the cut file, for both a thin and thick bead in widths of .5 and 1 inch.
The easiest bead is a tube bead. The two cut files for the thicker bead is a rectangle 1 inch by 11 inches and .5 inch by 11 inches. For the thinner bead, I reduced the length of the rectangle from 11 to 5 inches.
Open Illustrator and letís get started. Begin with a blank document that is 12 x 12 inches and 300 dpi. These are the settings that I use to create cut files for the Silhouette Cameo. If you are designing cut files for another cutting machine, your settings might vary.
First, draw a rectangle for the thick bead that is 1 inch by 11 inches.
The next bead was a simple oval shape, which surprisingly is made from a triangular shape.
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