I used very cheap beads!! It was a big bag of beads from Michaels that I spent about four dollars on. For the blue and green catchers , I sorted the beads out. I had to buy a clear bag of beads too because there were no clear beads in the first bag I bought. Somewhere in this catagory are a few projects that other Craftster people did and I followed their instructions. Most importantly...make one thin layer of beads at the bottom of the pan.
After the beads cool, you can just turn the pan upside down and the suncatcher falls right out.
*To Philosophia* I was able to melt these beads in cake pans,ceramic carafes and coffee mugs. I also did a group in a muffin pan.....that worked really well.