Several coatings of UTEE later and some colored embossing powder added to the ends. These paper beads take on a new form. The ultra thick embossing powder darkens the paper, and seals it leaving the bead with a glossy sheen. My books now come alive with color and are ready to be made into some sort of jewelry. Not bad for paper that is actually 102 years old! Perhaps now it will be around for another 102 years!