10: Paper Jewelry + A Giveaway

10: Paper Jewelry + A Giveaway

Congratulations to Anne McIntyre for winning the first giveaway in this blog series! Anne will receive a copy of Playing With Paper, three window stars, and a set of kite paper so that she can make a few of her own window stars (one of the projects featured in the book).
And now, it is time for another giveaway! Check out the paper goodness you can win if you participate:

– A copy of my book, Playing With Paper
– A copy of my DVD, The Papermaker’s Studio Guide
– A paper ring (one of the projects in the book, and special thanks to Nunn Design for donating the ring base).
There are four easy ways to participate in this giveaway:
1. Leave your answer in the comments below to the question: what is your favorite type of paper and why?
2. Share your favorite type of paper on my Facebook page (remember in order for my Facebook updates to show in your newsfeed, you need to hover over the “LIKED” button on our page and select “Show in News Feed”).
3. Subscribe to this Blog in the upper right-hand corner.
4. Join my mailing list to receive updates about where I’m traveling and teaching, paper-related events around the country, and more.
Enter by Midnight MST Wednesday, December 19th. Open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.
I will randomly pick a winner on Thursday, December 20th, so check your email!
Now, a few paper jewelry tidbits.
When I was working on Playing With Paper, I discovered these cool paper rings by Tithi Kutchamuch (one for each month!).

Paper beads have a long tradition. Here is a DIY tutorial.

And an example:

I’ve started a Pinterest board on paper beads.
At the end of The Papermaker’s Studio Guide DVD, I feature 22 artists’ work representing the various styles of working with handmade paper. One of them is Tia Kramer, a contemporary jewelry designer in Seattle who makes delicate wire armatures and wraps tiny colored sheets of handmade paper onto them.

Palpitation II, by Tia Kramer

On the workbench in Tia Kramer’s studio

And finally, this paper ring by Sophie Kemp is featured on Designboom today.

Have you seen or created paper jewelry? If so, please share it with me by emailing or leaving me a comment below.
About the 25 Days of Paper: I’m going to be a crazy blogger in December, featuring cool paper products, projects, blogs, books, or papers each day. Join in the fun by reading along! I’ll also post links on my FaceBook page. Enjoy the season!


  1. Arches Text Wove is my favorite paper. I use it mostly for text blocks for my handmade books, for book covers on small books, and for my calligraphy since the ink does not thread or spread out unexpectedly.

  2. Sue Denker says:

    I love Asian papers for the way they “melt” into whatever they are glued to – layers on a collage, added to a book spine for strength. It always fascinates me and the effect is just what I want.

  3. Lee Merrett says:

    I adore any strong handmade paper that has a degree of translucence. While whites are lovely, there’s something extra delicious about vibrant colours and rich earth tones too.

  4. Pam Arthur says:

    I love Japanese papers. The patterns and colors are fabulous and continue to inspire.
    I also love handmade papers, from those made by beginners to ones made by artists with years of experience because you can see the love that goes into them.

  5. Janet Osborn says:

    My favorite paper is…….do I have to choose one?? Ok, I love Cave papers for their thickness and texture.

  6. Judy Tobie says:

    Hard to pick one favorite paper art. But today let’s go with Joomchi, the ancient Korean craft of felting paper and I am totally inspired by the Jiyoung Chung’s delicious book ” Joomchi & Beyond”.

  7. Japanese paper is my fave…worked at a paper factory in Japan for 10 days ..the indigo colored paper was exquisite!

  8. Tina Lozada says:

    I love all papers, but if I have to pick one it would be mulberry paper, because of its long silky fibers and translucency.

  9. Judy Tobie says:

    Guess I managed to misread the question! but will go with mulberry for it’s use in joomchi and its versatility and strength.

  10. Well, as a hand-papermaker, my favorite papers are all those that I’ve made myself. I think the question for someone like me is “What is your favorite fiber?”
    And if I had to choose….well, it probably shifts to whatever I’m working on in the moment, and right now, it’s flax. I’ve always loved working with it, I feel like when I stick my hands in the vat full of it that I’ve come home. I’m making paper from my first harvest – paper I will have literally grown from seed.
    PS – Congratulations to Helen! I’ve been following the blog this month (it has been awesome, thank you for introducing me to so many amazing artists!), and for what appears to be a great book!

  11. Susan Kipp says:

    I love Arches text wove. It’s soft, yet tough. It can take ink .watercolor gouache, acrylic. I can tear it, crumple it, wash it, sew it, dye it,etc.

  12. As a calligrapher, I use Arches watercolor papers, both hot and cold press, often. And other Arches papers, too. But another real favorite paper for writing on is Canson Mi Teintes, especially the navy blue.

  13. Sheila says:

    I don’t know that I have a favorite type of paper. I like paper crafts but haven’t done enough of them to have picked a favorite paper. At this time of year, the cheerful holiday tissue paper I’m using to wrap presents is my favorite paper.

  14. Susan Rochester says:

    Tough to choose just one. I use papers in alt photo processes. In that context, Arches Platine and Rives BFK heavy are my go-to favs. In bookbinding, gosh. I love Cave papers!

  15. Becky Luening says:

    I love Lokta papers from Nepal for the rich colors and patterns they come in, and their sturdy, cloth-like quality.

  16. a. kraus says:

    Wow, the jewelry is stunning. Thank you for showing these. Choosing a favorite paper is not easy! I’ve been playing with washi tape so let me choose that for today!

  17. Linda says:

    I like the thick mulberry papers because you can leave an impression in them. Their strength lends itself to many uses.

  18. Claude Aimée says:

    I have more than one favorite paper! I love BFK Rives rag paper by Arches, I use it a lot to print on, it’s also great for watercolor and oll paint, very white, without texture and you can soak it in water for a week and it won’t fall apart. And I’ve recycled it and made new sheets of paper with it and it was still good paper. I also LOVE Japanese Gampi, and I love my hand made day lily papers.
    Claude Aimèe Villeneuve

  19. Doris says:

    Origami paper. Fun to use and even therapeutic. My class at the local juvenile hall was working on 1000 cranes. The crane making spread to other boys as well. We ended up donating the cranes to Japan after their devastating earthquake and tsunami.

  20. Becky says:

    I love Unryu. The look and feel is almost like fabric, but it holds a crease beautifully. Wonderful for folding flowers.

  21. Darlene says:

    At the moment, Japanese paper is my favorite.

  22. raven says:

    It really depends on what I’m doing. I like Rives BFK heavyweight for printmaking, and some books. I love bugra paper, in that dark burgandy color, though I haven’t found a good use for it yet. And I love the abaca paper you make that is almost translucent.

  23. Nancy Pike says:

    I love handmade paper and my current favorite is some I made last summer at Long Ridge Farm with Velma Bolyard. We used day lily leaves for one that even smells green! Also the soft reddish brown of paper made from cedar bark is lovely!

  24. Karen says:

    I like Japanese paper for it’s beauty and uniqueness (to me) but I’ve very much into recycled paper at the moment–anything headed into the recycling container is fair game.

  25. marybeth i says:

    I love the colors and textures of Asian paper – I do not know what it is called but it is thicker than Oragami paper with bright colors and metallics – so pretty

  26. Jamila says:

    Vellum is my favorite. I love the transparency and the way it holds a fold. I also love the way it creases and the look of the torn edges.

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