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{Melted} bead crafts!

Beads galore!

So I wanted to try something new with the beads that I have. I have lots of beads of different types, usually used to make jewelry either for myself or my girls. Did you know that you can melt them down in the oven to make any number of things? Things like ornaments, sun catchers, even jewelry!

I’ve heard that there is one downside to this: The smell that melting beads put off. Well, I gathered up my beads and thought I’d just give it a try once, and if the smell was too overwhelming, then that would be the end of that. 😉

First off, let me say, the smell wasn’t THAT bad. I turned the fan on over the stove, and that seemed to be all I needed to do. Our windows are frozen shut, so opening them was not an option. I actually didn’t feel like I needed to open them anyway, after all. The smell wasn’t so bad, and I have a sensitive nose. 😉

I tried melting those tiny jewelry beads and pony beads as well. Here is the result of those tiny little itty-bitty beads. I actually love this look!

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You can either wrap with wire to make an ornament, but I hear that you can drill a tiny hole in these as well. I haven’t tried that, though {yet!}

You can also use metal cookie cutters, like this:

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{be sure they are metal and not coated metal or plastic}

Try laying a wire hook under your beads before putting them in the oven. You have a hook-ready to hang!

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With this one, a little space was left which allowed me to put a string through it.

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Pony beads:
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I tried several different beads and combinations. The girls also had fun playing with beads and creating shapes and designs! 🙂

I still want to try more combinations and shapes….like a large round sun catcher with those itty bitty beads!

Want to give it a try? Just experiment with the different types of beads you have. Bake them at 400 degrees for around 20 minutes, depending on how melted you want your beads to be. So I’d say between 10 and 20 minutes. 😉

Have fun!

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