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Make Recycled Art at the Oxbow Nov. 19

Post Date:11/04/2016 11:49 AM

Oxbow CenterHere’s a great recycling tip for those old catalogs, magazines and scrap paper -- make beautiful paper beads that can be used to create featherweight necklaces, bracelets or earrings. Join the Treasure Coast Art Association at the Oxbow Eco-Center and learn how to make these unique masterpieces on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Making paper beads is a traditional craft that goes back as far as the Victorian age when scraps of wallpaper were used, and then polished with bees wax to make door curtains. The art was revived in the 1920s and 1930s for jewelry making. Today, paper bead making has been turned into cooperatives in developing countries like Uganda where women are taught the art of bead making, as well as the skills to launch a business, open a bank account, and manage money.

The Treasure Coast Art Association’s Barbara Fuller will guide participants in making a variety of beautiful beads. Appropriate for ages 10 and older, the cost of the class is $20, which includes all necessary materials.  Please register early at 772-785-5833 or

Don’t consider yourself an artist? Well don’t give up yet, making paper beads may just help you discover your creative spirit!

Located at 5400 NE St. James Drive in Port St. Lucie, the Oxbow Eco-Center is a St. Lucie County Environmental Learning Center encompassing roughly 225 acres along the St. Lucie River. For more information visit  

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