This necklace is my favorite paper bead creation so far. I love the round, shorter paper beads. There is a wonderful video that helped me to figure out how to get this shape, as opposed to the longer oval beads. The trick is to cut a really long, super skinny based triangle.
For this piece, I planned the design, then made just the beads I needed, instead of my normal make a bunch of beads for days and days, then come up with projects. The latter method always left me with tons of leftover bead soup. I realized I was spending lots of time making paper beads for which I had no project in mind. Not very efficient.
I made the beads gradually smaller from front to back by decreasing the length of the triangle strip. Here is the instructional video I mentioned above from paperbeads.org. This site is amazing. The majority of what I have learned about paper beads has come from there.
This is going to make one person on my gift list very happy. Get rolling… you still have time!