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« on: October 15, 2003 08:29:39 PM »

[EDITED THIS TO SAY: Later on on this thread you'll read about how there's this special kind of clear, double-sided, extremely sticky tape that works way better than glue. -- leah]

I've been trying to find a reason to use these cool things called Microbeadz ever since I first saw them.  They are these beautiful, sparkly, tiny little balls that come in various colors -- opaque and transparent.  They aren't actually beads, per se, since they don't have holes.  They are tiny balls that are the size of coarse grains of sand.  I bought ones that were uncolored and transparent.

So here's what I did with 'em...

Step 1:
Take one of those flexible fridge magnets that your local pizza joint gives out for free.


Step 2:
Cut out a picture and glue it onto the magnet.  I thought a simple, high-contrast image from a comic book would work well.  I used Modge Podge glue.




Step 3:
Now you apply the Microbeads like you would glitter.  So brush a generous amount of glue onto the picture.  (I used Modge Podge here as well.) Place the magnet into a tray, pour on the beads and then shake them off into the tray.  Then you can pour the shaken off beads back into the container they come in.



Step 4:
here's the finished result!  I wish I could get a picture that does some justice!  Maybe I'll try again in the daylight.  It's really cool looking.  It kinda looks like a mosaic with teeny little mosaic components.




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« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2003 08:33:29 PM »

that is SOOO fabulous. that is the best craft i've ever seen!

note about using pizza place magnets: i've peeled off the sticker, so i've been left with the magnet and a bit of sticky residue. i placed stickers on top, but a few months later the reside seeped (sp?) through the stickers. be careful.
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« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2003 08:47:01 PM »

wow

The beads make it look as though you did all this painstaking work by hand to create the picture....fun idea!

Can you get the beads at a chain craft store like JoAnns or Hobby Lobby?
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i could so make something out of this....


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« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2003 10:19:36 PM »

what a creative idea!!!!

i absolutely love it!!

so where can you find microbeads?
in like the bead isle of the craft store?

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« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2003 04:13:44 AM »

omg i am in LOVE with this project! ur AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2003 06:26:26 AM »

I think I'm going to try this with some of my own artwork...
So... What's the CHEAPEST Source for microbeadz?
The only place I've found them are in the Scrapbooking and Rubber Stamping Section at Joann's and they're not cheap! and they come in miniscule quantities.

i was thinking of using it for pictures of my daughter to add to journals as xmas gifts?  printed ones.. does mod podge make inkjet smear? does anybody know?

& i was wondering too .. a good resource of these micro's ..because I agree w/beeosh --- they are kinda pricey at michaels/joann's and u don't get much quantity!!!
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« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2003 10:18:55 AM »

I don't know where to get 'em cheap.  They were in the clearance section of Michaels the day I bought them.

If you look at the second thing on this page:
http://www.sciplus.com/category.cfm?subsection=10&category=104

Are these microbeadz or are they bigger? I can't tell...
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« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2003 10:32:50 AM »

oooh.  i love this idea!!  it reminds me of lichtenstein's work--the art guy who did blow ups of comic strips  Wink  only this makes much more sense!

i have this bead stuff on a little retro change purse i got awhile back.  i loved what they did to the design on it, but the beads kept popping off.  i'll have to see if i can find it.  anyway, it's too bad you couldn't get them to stay on fabric.

hey craftster-- looks like you just gave di Mio's some awesome free advertising  Wink
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« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2003 10:38:28 AM »

anyway, it's too bad you couldn't get them to stay on fabric.


i remember reading the back of a microbeads package ..that if u use fabric glue ( which may be quite a crafty experience ..teeny beads + sticky glue ).. that it will work on fabric! yay!!!
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« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2003 12:57:59 PM »

can you take a pic of it on your fridge - for us!
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