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Melt that (Pony) Bead

Plastic Cup Sun Catcher Mobile by Erin Barnes This is made out of recycled plastic cups. Shrunk like shrinky dink plastic and hung so beautifully into this mobile/sun catcher. What a great older kid project as well. Nicely done.

Melted Pony Bead Pendents - JEWELRY AND TRINKETS

Melted Bead Pendents - JEWELRY AND TRINKETS

Melt a single layer of cheap plastic beads in a metal cake pan at 400 degrees for about 20 min. Invert when cool, it will fall right out. Drill hole, thread a string, and hang.

Melted bead suncatchers - HOME SWEET HOME
  • Sara Gross

    This one, Donna. But I recommend a glass pie pan over the cake pan. The molten plastic will pull up any little flake of anything that's stuck to (or part of) your metal pan and yukcan't get it off.

  • Michelle Wilson

    parchment paper in the pan?

  • Elliott Mason

    No parchment paper, I discovered to my detriment: it can melt into the plastic. Just the metal or glass.

Valentine’s DIY: “Stained Glass” Sun Catchers & Paper Heart Wreath

*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.

Melted bead suncatchers - HOME SWEET HOME
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OK...gotta do this on March 2nd! Green Eggs & Ham Candy - Melted white chocolate chips & green m's. I would think you could make the SWAP by melting those iron on beads and including a green pony bead on the hot, white beads

Cassie Craves: March 2011

Pony Beads & Baking Paper. Place the beads in close shapes on baking paper/bake in oven at 425F ~10 min. (since the fumes are probably toxic, I'd try a heat gun). The beads also melts with different speed, so keep a close eye on oven at all times. Then cool. Use as desired.

Finished product of melted pony bead craft. They melt best in metal pans but also can be melted in oven safe glass. The plastic is harder to get out of glass so I put the item in the freezer for a couple minutes and they pop right out! All I need to do is get my hubbie to drill holes in each so I can hang them! Next I wanna try the glow in the dark beads!

  • Barbara Brewer

    Have u tried the glow in the dark beads yet ? I was thinking on trying them but not sure how they work out

  • Anna Clark

    ive bought some pony beads & tried this.. but its there a certain brand, or maybe a certain temp that i didnt do right..any tips? which pony beads are better in melting? any thoughts?

Melted Bead Suncatchers - melt cheap pony beads (outside 10 minutes on grill or toaster oven)

Stained Glass Cake Stand...I did it! I finally made something I pinned. I filled the bottom of a 12" cake pan with CHEAP, plastic, transparent pony beads...baked them in a 425 degree oven for 30-40 minutes until all the beads had melted...let pan cool for 20 minutes, then flipped the melted bead 'plate' out (really, it popped right out!) Finally, I glued it to a dollar store candle stick and ... presto ... cake stand!

  • Anna Clark

    beautiful..great tips..thats what i needed.. i think i wasnt doin it right.. they were lumpy!..LOL..great pic!

  • Ilona Smits

    I'm trying the same thing. Did you 'polish the borders'? Mine is not completely flat but has bead residu on the sides (hope you understand what I mean).

Melt plastic pony beads in cake pans or muffin tins to create beautiful suncatchers.

Make suncatchers, lamp shades, christmas ornaments, etc out of melted pony beads. Melted beads = stain glass-esque lamp shade - HOME SWEET HOME Bake at 350 F degrees 10 to 15 minutes. Check the tray of beads in the oven, turn it around 180 degrees, and bake for 5 minutes more. Check again (some beads will melt quicker then others).

Melted beads = stain glass-esque lamp shade - HOME SWEET HOME

    How did you place the beades in the bowl to get the shape and design? I tried to make something using the seed beads, but they just would not melt!!!

pony beads melted in a cookie cutter

Melted Bead Bowl - another great idea for melting pony beads. Really cute gift idea from the kids -- make and fill with candy!

Melted Bead Bowl

These look fun! Use pony beads to make sun catchers. Melt them in a muffin tin in the oven for 25 minutes or on the grill for 10. Supposedly they pop out without any residue or damage to the pan.

  • Maddie Krieg

    That is such a cool and cute idea. You could put it on your front porch as a wreath like me and my mom do a lot.

Melted pony beads

the melted bead bowl - JEWELRY AND TRINKETS