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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.

Homemade gems Bake at 300 degrees for 20 minutes. Immediately drop into ice water and they will crack.

from The Artful Parent

A Mobile from Melted Plastic Bead Suncatchers

Make a Melted Bead Suncatcher Mobile #KidsCrafts Maureen A Gonta, DDS, PC | #Corning | #NY | www.drgonta4kids.com

Here's a pic of the Pony Beads (translucent) that I melted. 400F for 25 mins got the smooth melt I wanted :) I used Muffin tins, both regular sized & tiny sized. I will post more once I get them drilled & strung :D :D Gotta visit the craft store for more goodies!!!! lol

from Etsy

Glass Beaded Garden Art on Mesquite