Is not gold. Sometimes it is paper. I painted a paper bag copper with acrylic paint and made them into beads. Here is the tutorial http://www.favecrafts.com/Bracelets/Recycled-Paper-Bag-Bracelets
Here is a simple necklace I made from seed beads and paper beads.
This is a necklace I made using seed beads, glass heart beads, a toy snake, jump rings and paper beads. I made this after watching this video from Kim over at Twisted Crafts.