How to Melt Beads With an Iron

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How to Melt Beads With an Iron
You can make beautiful creations from meltable beads. (iron image by Goran Bogicevic from Fotolia.com)

If your children are looking for a new way to use beads, you can introduce them to cylindrical beads that can be placed onto a form, then ironed in order to meld them together. These beads can be used to create ornaments, play figures, or form any other desired object. To melt the beads properly, it's also important to prevent the iron from becoming damaged by the melted plastic.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Meltable beads, different colours
  • Meltable bead peg board
  • Waxed paper
  • Iron
  • Ironing board

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place the peg board onto an ironing board.

  2. 2

    Fill in all of the pegs on the board with meltable beads. The peg board is a flat, pronged board that is shaped like a specific object, such as a star, heart or puppy dog. When you place the beads onto the peg board form, keep in mind the colour patterns that you want to use.

  3. 3

    Lay a sheet of waxed paper over the filled in peg board with the waxed side facing down.

  4. 4

    Plug in an iron, turn it to the linen setting and allow it to heat up for five minutes.

  5. 5

    Iron over the waxed paper for one minute to melt the beads. They will meld together.

  6. 6

    Allow the beads to cool completely, then remove the waxed paper.

  7. 7

    Lift the beaded form from the peg board. When you peel off the melded form, you can use the flat shape as a coaster, string a piece of twine through a hole to make an ornament, or you can simply enjoy the figure on its own.

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