Raeanne Weber from the Brisbane Valley shows her paper beads on display at the Maryborough Craft Fest 2010.
Raeanne Weber from the Brisbane Valley shows her paper beads on display at the Maryborough Craft Fest 2010. Jocelyn Watts

Raeannes art n soul is paper

A WOMAN who has discovered how to turn junk mail into beautiful pieces of jewellery is sharing her secrets at Maryborough’s annual CraftFest this week.

Raeanne Weber can transform strips of recycled paper into exquisite beads and the technique is easy enough for children as young as 7 to learn.

“It’s easy and inexpensive but it is time-consuming,” Raeanne explained yesterday as she set up her stall.

“This is a great craft for children to learn as soon as they have the fine motor skills for it. I use a lot of recycled computer paper, recycled business envelopes, junk mail and paper bags from the chemist.

“Once you master the technique you can do it in front of the television.”

Raeanne sells paper bead kits that make it easy for anyone to learn the skill.

“I mainly teach now rather than selling the finished product,” she said.

“It’s so versatile and you can combine the beads with all the usual jewellery-making techniques.”

The stall is among more than 50 set up in Maryborough City Hall for the next three days.

The CraftFest is on today, tomorrow and Saturday and entry is $2.

All the items are hand made and for sale so it’s the perfect chance to buy unique Christmas gifts.



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