Plastic beads and moulding come in a variety of shapes and colours, making them perfect for bright, unique pieces of jewellery. Though you can string beads on a thread, chain or strand of leather to make a necklace or bracelet, you can connect the beads by melting them in the oven. Melted beads are sturdy and do not properly bend to make a necklace. Melted beads are better suited for charms, brooches and pendants.
Turn your oven to 232 degrees Celsius (450 degrees Fahrenheit).
Line a baking tray with tin foil. Spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray.
Arrange the plastic beads and moulding in the desired shape with the desired colour combination. Arrange the beads so that the top bead's holes are exposed. This makes it easier to string a charm or pendant onto a bracelet or necklace.
Roll the tin foil into a thin strand. Spray the strand with non-stick cooking spray. Insert the foil into the top hole of the pendant or charm.
Open the oven and insert the cookie tray. The pendant should melt in about 10 minutes, but it may take longer if you use a lot of beads or have a weak oven. Check the progress of the beads every two or three minutes after the 10-minute mark.
Remove the baking tray from the oven and turn the oven off. Allow the new jewellery to cool.
Remove the pendant or charm from the tin foil. Remove the tin foil in the top bead. Place a chain through the bead or hook the bead onto a charm bracelet. If you wish to make a brooch, glue a brooch pin to the back of the melted beads.
If you wish to flatten your jewellery, run an iron over the beads. Place the beads on tin foil before ironing or they may stick to the ironing board.
Tips and warnings
- If you wish to flatten your jewellery, run an iron over the beads. Place the beads on tin foil before ironing or they may stick to the ironing board.