Plastic Bottle Beads

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Introduction: Plastic Bottle Beads

Having attended my college class on Tuesday the tutor made use use shrinking plastic.We then had 2 go home and make some jewelry out of shrinking plastic. But have no cash left to sepend after buying the shrinking plastic off the tutor I discovered you web-site. Sepent a couple of hours messing about with just a plastic bottle I decided to turn them into beads of differnt colours. And now I would like to share them all with you.
Cathy xxx

Step 1: Colouring Your Beads

I used felt makers and paint to give the beads more colour

Step 2: Rolling and Holding

I rolled up the beads and held them in pliers and got ready to use my craft head gun on the plastic bottle to get the bead shape.

Step 3: Beware Hot!

I had to hold the plastic strip rooled up in my pliers, which was very hot! The bead shape began to form itself once the plastic was hot!The inks also ran into each other.I allowed my beads to cool.

Step 4: Beads! Beads! Beads!

Here are my plastic bottle beads! Each one is different! And each one gets better the more I do! The ideas are coming thick and fast!
I will never throw away anothe plastic bottle! I cannot wait to get my hands on some green ones and Locazade (orange ones!)



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    l have alarmed collection of plastic bottles. Your beads are a great craft for them. Thanks

    ugh, I just took out the recycling! I'm running back out and getting that green plastic bottle. I was looking for green beads tonight. This is perfect. Thanks.

    This is TOO cool! I have to try it!

    I really loved this ible!! It's an AWESOME way to recycle!!


    So glad you like them.

    hmmmm....I think I might try this!


    Go on have ago.....cheep and cheerful! I also posted some plastic bottle medallions too! Cath

    hey i wanted to try this project and the people at the hardware store told me the heatgun would be too strong and melt the whole plastic, hence unsuitable. i believe they are wrong because you proved it is possible :] how many watts is your heat gun? and does it perfectly melt the edges, combining it so that it looks like a real bead? or does it still have sharp edges?


    The heat gun I use is the type you use for embossing cards! and you can buy them from a craft shop. I think you can just about see mine in the piccie (not the type used 4 removing paint!) You have to cut the plastic bottles carefully so you dont get any stick out sharp bits! But once you get going it is all trial and error! My first lot were phoo and crappy, so I just adapted them. I just get some crazy idea in my head and go for it! Whats to lose? I never look at the stuff that has gone wrong as a failure, just a learning curve.

    I'm so anxious to try this! Instructions seem very simple. Always on the lookout for other materials to use in making jewelry. Thanks for this instructable!