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Louisa C. Kim


I first started making paper bead jewelry in 1993. One day, by chance, I came upon a little known craft of paper bead making.  I had previously been making jewelry with conventional beads and was excited by the possibility of using beads made of paper for my work.  However, I felt that unless I made the paper beads more durable, I knew that they would suffer the fate that most paper jewelry would befall, death by disintegration.  So I proceeded to experiment with what would eventually turn out to be one of the most exciting as well as challenging endeavors of my life.  After trying for many months and trying out many dozens of different kinds of varnishes and paper, I finally achieved my goal.  I have created a process of making paper beads that are hard, durable, and waterproof.  My paper beads look like stone, glass, wood, or shell; anything but paper.   I have overcome many difficulties and developed many different kinds of techniques of making my paper beads.

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Please write to Louisa C. Kim at paperbeadlady@aol.com with orders or any questions.

I have only just put up this website after years of procrastination. I am putting up just some of my inventory for now. I will be updating my inventory as frequently as possible, so check back often for the updates. Doing a website business is very new to me so I don't know how it will go. I am hoping to provide a very positive website experience for you! Thank you.

Louisa C. Kim

Paper Bead Lady

Rochester, NY




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