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« on: November 25, 2011 02:09:59 PM »

Had a houseful of guests for Thanksgiving dinner yesterday, and much to my delight, we went thru a couple of bottles of soda- so I finally got to try out a tutorial that I saw awhile back for making these beads. Probably old hat to a lot of you, but my oldest boy helped, and he was so proud of how they came out.  Grin (Guess I am, too.)

We're now talking about doing enough to make a garland for our Christmas tree this year. This is sooooo much easier than paper beads, and faster, too!


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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2011 02:17:51 PM »

not old hat to ME! I've never seen these and they are wonderful. Please post a link to the tute!!

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« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2011 02:33:58 PM »

Wow, those look really kool! I've never seen it either.
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« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2011 03:10:33 PM »

I couldn't find the one that I learned this from, but here's a link to a good one: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1574071/how_to_make_beads_from_recycled_plastic.html

Basically, I just took a 2-liter bottle, and used kitchen shears to cut the top and bottom off of the bottle. Then, I cut the remaining cylinder up one side, to make a big rectangle out of the plastic, and cut that, up and down, into strips, anywhere from 1/2" to 1 1/2" wide. I colored the strips with Sharpie markers, and added polka dots, squiggles, etc. Then I used my crappiest, oldest needle nose pliers to roll the strips up into cylinders, and gently heated the cylinders over my stovetop (we have a gas stove, but I'm pretty sure that with the low melting point of the plastic, an electric, on "high", would work, too!) You have to hold 'em pretty tight, with the pliers, to keep them from unspooling, but they set into shape very quickly- I had to be careful not to overheat them- it really just takes a goosing of heat to get them to hold their shape- or the outer layers would start to warp and bubble. But what's really cool about this, for kids, is that they form, and cool, really really FAST- so they can pick 'em up and look at 'em within just seconds of heating. Instant gratification! They're surprisingly pretty, too- my houseguests just saw them, and they thought that they were glass. I think everyone's going to start chugging soda now, so they can have a turn at it!  Cheesy

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« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2011 05:54:56 PM »

Your beads look amazing. I have seen this done before but yours look so much better. I don't have a gas stove, but I think a candle will work just as well.

« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2011 06:30:35 PM »

very cool, I'll have to try this out one day.  I bet they'd look good with hemp

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« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2011 05:16:45 AM »

These are great, I love the idea, I love how they turned out, and thank you for the instruct.  They're awesome.

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« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2012 11:36:19 AM »

These are just too neat! I'd never seen them before, what an easy instant gratification project! Thanks for posting, and including the link to the tutorial!

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