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heart pendant made from a tuna can and plastic melt beads from those make-your-own suncatcher kits great summer project must try! :: ecrafty

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Think of all the different shapes and colors you could make!! The possibilities are endless! *Layer cheap plastic beads in cake pans (no lining required), melt at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Let cool & then flip them out. Drill a hole in it to make it a suncatcher great summer project must try! :: ecrafty

Saw this on Pinterest - melt cheap plastic beads to make suncatchers - used muffin pans instead of cake pans - works beautifully! Thanks Pinterest! great summer project must try! :: ecrafty

Cheap plastic beads baked in pans or ramekins for 20 min at 400 degrees. You can also line a pyrex bowl to make a plastic bowl. Drill a hole to hang. great summer project must try! :: ecrafty

  • Gloria Darley

    Kat Albert...no I didn't spray with anything...just laid the beads in the pan. Make sure you preheat the oven and let the pan cool completely when you remove it from the oven. I have no problem whatsoever! Good luck!

  • Linda Malnati

    Do these need to be a certain thickness ? and how did you make those Beautiful Butterflies ?

  • Gloria Darley

    Linda Mainati ... You can use any plastic bead...place them loosely in any-shaped pan (do not spray the pan with anything). You can also use metal cookie cutters set in a pan to get different shapes. I fill the pan completely, but I did not stack the beads. You can set different colored beads to get different designs. Good Luck and Have Fun !

  • Gloria Ewing

    Didn't want the fumes in my house so I put them on the grill and they caught fire. Not sure if my grill is going to work now. I'm asthmatic how bad are the fumes and how long does it take for them to leave the house?

  • Gloria Darley

    I don't think it's wise to use a grill, since it can be so difficult to control the temperature. You could use a counter top over and set it outside on a porch or table so you don't have to deal with the fumes when doing this. I use a table top oven but I open a window just over my sink and put on the exhaust fan in the ceiling. Works great for me. Good Luck!

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Pretty suncatchers made with plastic beads great summer project must try! :: ecrafty

Suncatcher made with melted beads. I did this craft with Peyton, it was great for fine motor. I gave him a bowl full of beads and he picked them up and put them in the metal pie pans and muffin tins. Then just popped them in the oven and waited! He loved hearing the beads clank against the metal! great summer project must try! :: ecrafty

It's very easy and inexpensive to make your own suncatcher with melted plastic beads. My granddaughter and I made this one in only about two hours. The worst part was the smell of plastic while the beads were melting/cooking in the oven. If you're going to make this suncatcher, be sure to open all your windows and turn your fans on while the bea... great summer project must try! :: ecrafty

  • Bonnie Blaney

    I tried the glass ones you posted, & they never melted

  • Suzanne Woodman

    If you can you can use a toaster oven & do it outside so the fumes don't through he house

  • Linda Malnati

    one yurned out Beautiful, but the oher two never loosened up just stuck and still won't come out of the pan. Now I am trying Parchment paper !! what do you think ?

Melting pony bead's, uh oh, Brenda may have to play! great summer project must try! :: ecrafty

Use cheap plastic beads in the bottom of a cake pan. Melt at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Let cool then flip them out. Drill holes in them to hang them as suncatchers or put wooden dowls in them for a child's fun birthday party! great summer project must try! :: ecrafty

Easy and Fun Suncatchers - good gifts from the kids - rainy day fun great summer project must try! :: ecrafty

melted bead sun catchers –

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Butterfly melted beads sun-catcher. Note glitter beads, transparent and pearl. great summer project must try! :: ecrafty

suncatchers..super easy. melt cheap plastic beads in cake pan at 400° for 20 minutes (no lining required) drill a hole and hang! great summer project must try! :: ecrafty

great craft idea for kids this summer. plastice beads in oven at 400 for 25 minutes. great summer project must try! :: ecrafty

  • Meg Vaughan

    I'm not the original poster but I fuse glass. You will keep the same pattern when you slump as you only heat the beads until it is slumped. Once it has taken the shape of the bowl, stop the heat and the beads won't melt.

  • Linda Boulton

    Thank you Meg for your advice. I can see there's fun to be had with this!

  • Terri Tuttle

    I believe Meg is correct. I haven't tried it myself.

  • Linda Boulton

    Thanks Terri

  • Meg Vaughan

    I haven't tried it with plastic beads either... Just know what to do with glass in a kiln... Same concept though. Once the beads take shape, shut oven off and remove from heat. :). The kids and I did make some plastic bead shape using cookie cutters - we sprayed them with Pam first - turned out cute. Poked a hole in them with my dremel and tied fishing line to them.

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Make a bowl or tray by melting down spare plastic beads. (Outside in a toaster oven to prevent harmful fumes!) Tutorial from c0urt on Cut Out and Keep. great summer project must try! :: ecrafty

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Layer cheap plastic beads in ramekin or cake pan (no lining required) melt on 400 for 20 minutes. Let cool and flip them out. Drill a hole and run wire or ribbon thru and hang. Beautiful suncatcher great summer project must try! :: ecrafty

  • Peggy K

    Clicking on the picture only takes you to a JPEG. However, the instructions seem to be in the comment above. Going to save this for a rainy day. Have seen this done with a muffin tin as well as a cake pan. Think muffin tin would be a better size. Also going to try to use metal cookie cutters as molds.

Melted Pony Bead Suncatcher great summer project must try! :: ecrafty

Take any beads of your choice and put them into a cake pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Once cool drill a hole and hang it up. great summer project must try! :: ecrafty

  • Dee Dee McKinley

    My mom,Daughter and I tried the sun catchers today.we really enjoyed ourselves it was a very easy project. They turned out great thank you so much.

  • Denise Buck

    Doesn't work with perler beads. Ruined 3 pans trying :(

Melted Pony Beads Suncatchers great summer project must try! :: ecrafty

suncatchers melt beads at 450 degrees for 20 minutes. I used cookie cutters for the design great summer project must try! :: ecrafty

Sun-catchers made with plastic beads that we melted in a pie plate & muffin pans. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or so. great summer project must try! :: ecrafty

Melted Plastic Bead Suncatchers great summer project must try! :: ecrafty

Micha Muses: Melted Plastic Bead Suncatchers

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Sun catchers...melt cheap plastic beads in cake pan at 400° for 15/20 minutes. Flip out and cool. Drill hole and hang. great summer project must try! :: ecrafty

Making these suncatchers was one of my favorite activities - you'd add tiny plastic beads to each section and then melt them into "stained glass." Then you'd hang them in your window until the plastic started popping out (~ 3 days). great summer project must try! :: ecrafty

Second sun catcher I made by baking plastic beads in the oven! great summer project must try! :: ecrafty