How to melt plastic beads

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How to melt plastic beads
Plastic beads are available in nearly every colour, size and shape. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Plastic beads come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes. While most people string them together to create jewellery products, there are other ways to use plastic beads to make craft items. One way is to melt them down and then use a mould to create something else from the melted plastic. Learning how to melt plastic beads will allow you to create a whole new array of beautiful jewellery and other crafts.

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Things you need

  • Plastic beads
  • 22.5 cm (9 inch) cake pan
  • Waxed paper
  • Pam cooking spray
  • Molds made of strong plastic
  • Pot holders

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  1. 1

    Heat your oven to 260 degrees Celsius (500 degrees Fahrenheit). Line your cake pan with enough waxed paper or tin foil to cover the interior area. Spray the inside of your chosen mould with the cooking spray for easy removal of your finished product.

  2. 2

    Place your plastic beads in the pan, on top of the waxed paper or tin foil. Put enough beads to at least cover the bottom of the pan. Use more or less depending on the mould you're using and the final product you're creating.

  3. 3

    Allow the beads to bake in the oven for twenty-five to thirty minutes. At this point, the beads should be completely melted. You may need to leave the pan in for a longer or shorter period of time depending on the strength of your oven.

  4. 4

    Remove the pan from the oven using the pot holders and pour the melted beads into your mould. Allow them to cool for at least fifteen minutes. Remove the plastic by using a toothpick at the edges of the mould and prying the finished product out. It should be easy to remove because of the cooking spray.

Tips and warnings

  • If you use a variety of bead colours, they could run together to create a final colour that is not so attractive. To prevent this, use beads of only one or two colours at a time.
  • You should not use flimsy plastic moulds with this project, as they can melt when you pour your melted beads into them. Use sturdy plastic, silicone, or similar mould materials.

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