It's a fun activity for kids, too, if you let them design the colors and patterns of the beads. Just make sure a grown up does the baking because the plastic gets HOT!
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Step 1: What You Need
- Cheapy plastic 'pony' beads (available at craft stores for around $5 for a pound)
- A cookie cutter and cookie sheet or muffin tins or other shape nonstick metal cooking vessel (it doesn't ruin the pan.. you can still use it for food later)
- an oven, set to 400°
- Jewelry wire, or glass or metal beads and ribbon
Step 2: Getting It Ready to Bake
You can drop them in randomly or choose certain colors or set them in a pattern, depending on the look you are going for.
If you want to leave a hole in the suncatcher to string ribbon through, place a glass or metal bead somewhere near the top (making sure there are plastic beads completely surrounding it) Make sure the bead is sitting directly on the pan and no plastic beads are covering the hole. The glass or metal bead won't melt, but the plastic will, and will adhere to the unmelted bead, leaving you a perfect stringing hole.
I am using wire to hang this one, so I didn't use a glass bead.
Step 3: Bake
Bake it for about 20 minutes (check every 5 or so minutes on the progress.)
Once it's all melted together, it's time to take it out!
CAREFULLY, using potholders, remove it from the oven.
Sit it aside to let it cool.
Don't touch the plastic! It's very hot!!
(The line in the picture isn't a crack.. it's an airbubble. Sometimes I get them, but once they are hanging in the window, you can't see them)
Step 4: Remove From Mold
Step 5: Prepare to Hang
I used wire, wrapping it back and forth and around until I liked the way it looked.
I used round nose pliers to create some loops in the hanging part of the wire.
Then, I twisted the end of the wire to part of the wire that was wrapped around my star.