How to Melt Plastic Beads as an Art Project
Plastic pony beads are used for a variety of everyday art projects, from jewelry to decorations. With the help of your oven -- melting different color beads in a variety of shapes and patterns -- the possibilities of what you can make are endless. You can create coasters, centerpiece bowls, sun catchers, pictures or wall hangings, jewelry, pendents and pins and even chains of melted bead projects to hang from a doorway. All it requires is a visit to your local craft store and some basic kitchen tools.
Things You'll Need
- Oven mitts
- Plastic pony beads
- Aluminum foil
- Cookie sheet
- Disposable tart pans
- Knitting needle or wire
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Line a disposable tart pan with aluminum foil, and place the loose beads inside. You can arrange the beads in a specific pattern or scatter them randomly, depending on the effect or design you desire.
Place the tart pan onto a cookie sheet and put it in the oven. Let it bake for 20 minutes. If the beads have not melted, continue heating and check every five minutes until the beads are completely melted. Exact time will vary based on oven temperatures, pan size and the amount of beads you are using.
Remove the beads from the oven once melted. They should now form one multi-colored disk. Poke a hole at the top of the disc with a knitting needle or wire if you will be hanging the finished product.
Allow the beads to completely cool and remove from the foil-lined tin.
- Use a variety of different sized pans or tins for different types of projects.
- Use clear and translucent beads to make sun catchers to hang from a sunny window.
- Once you remove your melted beads from the oven and they are still warm, you can add glitter for some extra shine or use a rolling pin or metal spoons to adjust the texture.
- Add felt to the back of the cooled beads to make coasters.
- While your beads are melting, they will have a slight odor; open the windows or turn on a fan for ventilation.
- Do not touch the melted beads with bare hands after removing them from the oven. Always wear oven mitts to prevent burning when molding or moving the warm beads and pans.
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