How to melt plastic beads as an art project

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Plastic beads are used for a variety of everyday art projects, from jewellery to decorations. With the help of your oven -- melting different colour beads in a variety of shapes and patterns -- the possibilities of what you can make are endless. You can create coasters, centrepiece bowls, sun catchers, pictures or wall hangings, jewellery, pendents and pins and even chains of melted bead projects to hang from a doorway. All it requires is a visit to your local craft store and some basic kitchen tools.

Purchase loose plastic beads in a variety of colours that are appropriate for the project you would like to make.

Preheat your oven to 260 degrees Celsius.

Line a disposable tart pan with aluminium foil, and place the loose beads inside. You can arrange the beads in a specific pattern or scatter them randomly, depending on the effect or design you desire.

Place the tart pan onto a baking tray and put it in the oven. Let it bake for 10 minutes. If the beads have not melted, continue heating and check every five minutes until the beads are completely melted. Exact time will vary based on oven temperatures, pan size and the amount of beads you are using.

Remove the beads from the oven once melted. They should now form one multicoloured disk that you can mould into your desired shape or size. You also could poke a hole into at the top of the disc with a knitting needle or wire if you will be hanging the finished product.

Allow the beads to completely cool and remove from the foil-lined tin.

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