I've been trying to come up with something new for my paper bead line and this is what I came up with, finally!
I take regular paper with a pattern on it.
Cut out the bead shapes, roll and glue them and then I stained them.
Then, coated them as usual. So they still have a nice gloss to them. I made these beads into a necklace:
I like how they darken up but you can still see the pattern through the stain.
Here's a set I did to put in my shop.