Think Pink

In addition to a month long celebration of Arnold Grummer ---- October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month -  a month that really bits home for me. I have had breast cancer twice, in 1994 and 1997. Both times it was detected early on a mammogram. Here are some facts

Facts About Breast Cancer In The United States

  • One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.
  • Each year it is estimated that over 220,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.
  • Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 410 will die each year. 

There is good news though. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, in part to better due to screening and early detection, increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options.

I cannot stress enough about the importance of mammograms!

What does this have to do with papermaking??  Well, I decided i wanted to try to make paper beads using my handmade paper! I took one of the  sheets I  made last time and covered it with pink! I used different types of inks and  paints.
 Next I cut the paper into diagonal strips.

 Roll from the large end applying glue down the inside.

 Once I had all my beads, I painted them with a layer of Mod Podge.

 I strung them adding clear and white beads.

I think this turned out very well for my first attempt at this!! I look forward to making more. 

Arnold Grummer enjoyed sharing his love of paper making and traveled extensively.  
His Great American Paper Machine invention, a “transparent hand sheet former,” made a sheet of paper right in front of onlookers. He loved the reaction from the audience. “How often have you seen a piece of applauded?” he asked. “It tickles the heck out of me.”

I would certainly have loved to have seen his demonstration in person! Here is a link to a Bio video:


Thank you for joining me today!

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  1. Awesome post Jean, filled with great information and a lovely paper beads!!!!

  2. love love love your paper beads.. beautifully done!!!

  3. Wonderful!!! Love that you made bracelets for Breast Cancer with them.


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