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« on: June 11, 2012 02:19:19 PM »

So I was cruising Pinterest the other day and found a great little tutorial to melt perler beads and make a little bracelet.(http://craftandcreativity.com/blog/2012/05/25/meltedbeads/ I want to give credit where credit is due.. Smiley)
I wanted to share with my Craftster friends what I did to make these using the perler Biggie Beads.

  I used the larger Biggie Beads,instead of the little ones in the tutorial on the nets, which are easier for my hands to get a hold of. Heat your oven to 250 degree F. for these larger beads. The smaller ones you heat to 200F. Line a pan with aluminum foil or parchment..line your perler beads like this

 and place them in the oven and keep an eye out..mine took about 15 minutes to look like this.

 There was no odor but put a fan on just in case. Pull them out...let them cool. When mine were hot I smushed them a bit with a magazine but you don't have to do that. I strung mine with the Stretch Magic cord and easy peasy, a little "candy" bracelet.

 This would be a great project for girls (or boys!) with supervision with the oven, of course. Easy little beads to make, inexpensive and they or you! can string to their/your hearts content.
 
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« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2012 02:46:16 PM »

I love the way you've changed the shape of these beads and they do look like candy.
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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2012 03:07:30 PM »

SunflowerSmiles!  I love these beads and absolutely love love love your candy bracelet!  I'm definitely going to try this myself - I just think the end result is the cutest bracelet EVER!  I hit This Rocks, because it does!   Cool
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« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2012 03:15:29 PM »

Wow I never thought of melting those for a bracelet! Great job! The colors really make it look awesome!
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« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2012 03:47:56 PM »

Thanks!!!   the tutorial I found on Pinterest used the little ones that you normally see in projects..I couldn't believe I found these Biggie Beads <---that's the name Smiley I wanted to try those little ones but my hands have such a time with those little things. The little ones have a lot more colors but these are so easy to do!

fiddlegirl...awww thanks!

If you guys try this, let me know how the little ones work...I'm really interested to see. Remember though to turn down the heat and not leave them in as long. Those bigger beads are pretty thick and need more time.
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« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2012 11:29:02 AM »

Oh so cute! I think my 3yr old would try to eat them tho! Wink
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« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2012 12:37:57 PM »

Oh so cute! I think my 3yr old would try to eat them tho! Wink

eep!  yes...they do look like little lifesavers!  the tub says over 4 years... Grin

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« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2012 10:05:28 AM »

This candy bracelets is looking really cool and funky yet trendy..It is colorful so matches on every dress..They look cool on everyone..
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« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2012 10:04:55 PM »

I really want to make these. I bought some regular brand name Perler beads, and I also found a little 'starter pack' at the dollar store I thought I'd try out. The beads in each look exactly alike but they do melt differently! I read one tutorial that said the beads would melt just fine laying on their sides. (This didn't work for me, the beads just squished down and closed themselves from the heat.) I also did mine on 400 for 5 mins because I thought that's what the tutorial said, I'll try 200 next time.

Anyways my question is, in the tutorial I saw the holes in the beads got big - when I did it this time they just seemed to get kinda fat with small holes, kinda like yours. Any reasons behind this? I really liked the thinner looking beads. Not sure what to do to get those kind instead. Maybe someone knows?

Edit with my findings:
I tried a few at 200 F for 15 mins and it did nothing to them at all. Without taking them out I bumped the heat to 350 for 10 more mins and they melted into little donuts, the holes are probably too small for anything but a needle. I just want the ones with bigger holes like these: http://craftandcreativity.com/blog/2012/05/25/meltedbeads - I will keep trying =/
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« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2012 09:33:47 AM »


Anyways my question is, in the tutorial I saw the holes in the beads got big - when I did it this time they just seemed to get kinda fat with small holes, kinda like yours. Any reasons behind this? I really liked the thinner looking beads. Not sure what to do to get those kind instead. Maybe someone knows?


The beads I used were the larger beads called "biggie" beads by perler. The thickness of the plastic is more so when melted it makes a smaller hole. I also squished them down with a book after they came out to make them a bit flatter.  The larger thicker perler beads need higher heat to melt. They did nothing for me at the lower heat.



maybe not leaving them in as long? My guess, is the thickness of the plastic on the smaller beads is much less so when melted you would get a bigger hole. My guess would be they were left in a bit too long? and melted too much?

I've not tried the smaller perler beads so I'm really clueless but let me know what you find out!  Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley




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