Hi, there! First-time poster, so be friendly (of course you will)!
So, my dear friends were getting married, and having many crafty friends, they asked if we'd be willing to make the centerpieces for the reception hall. I personally replied with a resounding yes. I had two ideas, one of which failed in a particularly epic fashion (and sadly, cost a LOT of money in the failing). The other turned out completely awesome (and was pretty darn cheap to make)!
The guidelines were this: use the wedding colors (true red, navy, and a chrome if possible), make it fit on a long, skinny banquet table, and use a string of LED lights for visual cohesion.
I happened to be fascinated with overlapping circles at that time (still am, truth be told), so I conceived of a chrome frame filled with overlapping circles of varying sizes in opaque and translucent forms of the wedding colors. I figured I could melt plastic (being a HUGE fan of makit-bakits) in cake pans, and that's where you guys came in. It was through your lovely site that I got a LOT of helpful information about melting pony beads, and that is what I ended up doing. I found a website that sold them pretty cheap, and the whole cost of this bad boy ended up being right around $35.
I realize it's a pain to go visit my site, but it's well worth it. I'm extremely proud of this creation, and for me that's a really big deal!
This first image shows the colors fairly true:
This image gives a better idea of how the translucency and opacity work together.
The frame is simply silver-painted cheap pine 2x2s with a kerf more or less down the center. The circles are (obviously) melted pony beads, held in place by the kerf and silicone. The bride loved it so much that I'm going to take the base off and put some hangers on so she can hang it on the wall. And my grandma just asked me for a square one to hang in her front window - and I want one myself - and my mom's been hinting - guess my hubby is gonna have to deal with melty plastic smell a bit longer!