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« on: July 26, 2007 01:34:19 PM »

Melted the beads in a metal cake pan and some ceramic dishes. Drilled a hole in them and strung them on fishing line. I got this idea from reading other melted bead proects on here.  

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While the original poster of the project, bluesparkart, didn't add a complete tutorial, we do have other threads that can help you create your own melted bead projects!

Here's a tutorial for bead melting: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=160351.0

Here are lots of other melted bead projects to inspire you: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=tags;sa=showtopics;tag=melted_bead#axzz2XX1ryHmp
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« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2007 06:16:18 AM »

Oh I like those! They are very pretty! Did you line the pan with anything before melting them?
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2007 08:39:32 AM »

Thanks! No I didn't line the pan at all. It was so easy. I got the pans and ceramic dishes from a thrift shop and the beads from Michaels. All I did was put one layer of beads in each pan.It is crazy how easy this was.
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2007 05:17:48 PM »

I remember doing something like that with decorative molds in different shapes. How did you do without them? They look beautiful!
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« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2007 05:20:00 PM »

What kind of beads were they? Like seed beads, cheapo plastic, etc?

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« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2007 07:59:12 AM »

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.
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« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2007 11:34:55 PM »

Those are so cute!

What temperature and for how long did you melt them?

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« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2007 07:20:31 PM »

Pretty suncatchers!  I really want to get back to working with these but they stink the house up somethin' awful.  Angry

The melted pony bead stuff all started with this thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=99668.0 and then branched out into lots of other awesome threads.
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2007 07:35:24 PM »

Thanks for finding that original thread! I also liked the Starry Night art piece.
 I baked my pieces at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes I just kept checking the pans.
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« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2007 10:41:46 PM »

omg. i love this idea. i've got some beads that i have wondering what to do with, now i know. i love yours. the colors are really nice.

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