I got a box of beads in the mail today - I ordered loose beads from Bead for Life, an extremely worthwhile organization that empowers women in Uganda by selling internationally what they make there, in particular beads rolled from old magazines. Recycling and helping fight third world poverty by purchasing craft supplies? How could I pass on that?
So, I played with my new beads:
Can I make rolled paper beads out of old magazines myself? Sure, but at this moment in time, the idea of helping others by buying their beads outweighs whatever satisfaction I would get from making similar beads. I think it says a lot that when I bought Swarovski crystals, I shoved them away in a corner and didn't look at them for months, and then only brought them out to make things for others; but these beads, the minute I opened the box, I was making jewelry for myself.