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Bambi’s Corner Shows the Creative Side of Recycling

It all starts with slices of paper.

It all starts with slices of paper.

Junk Mail Gets a Dazzling Makeover

Triple strand floating bead necklace.

Triple strand floating bead necklace.

Beads have been around since the earliest gatherings of civilizations, but somehow they never really lose their power to draw the eye. Their popularity in costume jewelry is as popular now as ever. Glass, stone, ceramic, and plastic dominate the list of materials for beads, but there is a great new option involving paper. Bambi Lint, owner of Bambi’s Corner, has taken to fashioning beads, and other items, from paper that might normally be viewed as something to discard. She says she saw beads constructed of tightly rolled paper a little over a year ago, while vacationing in North Carolina with her husband. “Being the crafty girl that I am, I said, ‘Oh I can do that,’” Lint explains.

Some crafters like to take classes in a new field, but Lint managed to work out the paper – to – finished bead process all on her own. “I just researched and experimented. I never take classes; I just learn on my own.”
Junk mail and magazine pages tend to make up the bulk of the paper in these colorful beads. After a three – stage process of rolling, treating, and drying, the beads are finished some 48 hours later. Still paper, the beads manage to stand up to a modest amount of moisture. Lint’s collection includes beaded necklaces, bracelets, earrings, pendants, and even containers made from recycled paper formed over a wire mesh baskets.

Blue and purple paper beads bracelet.

Blue and purple paper beads bracelet.

About a year ago Lint started her own page for the beads on Etsy, called Bambi’s Corner. With a little help from her husband, she has done well at local craft shows in the Fox Valley, and received requests for her products to be displayed in stores. A transplant from Indianapolis, Lint is clearly happy to have made Appleton her home. “We’ve been really well received in the area; it’s really been a lot of fun.”

Lint’s Facebook page recounts her emerging success with excited descriptions of art shows. With a humble attitude, Lint reveals the joy that comes with a new creative enterprise. “This has been a great outlet for me. It’s been a blast. I’m very fortunate to be able to work at something and feel like I’m playing all day.”

Find Bambi Lint’s products at the Arts and Crafts corner of Octoberfest this year.

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