Melted Pony Beads Jewellery

Miss A has loads of pony beads but she has passed the stage of wanting to thread them to make jewellery. I decided to see if they could be put to any other use, and I was pleased to discover that they melted well, so we started to experiment how we could make melted pony beads jewellery.Melted Pony Beads Jewellery - The Life Of Spicers #crafts

I tried a few different ways with making shapes and placing them together, but after a few failed attempts I realised that:- 

  • they work better when placed into a solid shape such as a cookie cutter / silicone tray shape
  • they work better when placed on silver foil if not using silicone
  • they take longer in the oven than I have read about on the internet 
  • the foil pony beads don’t melt very well so your shape may be distorted if you use these
  • glass beads don’t melt meaning they have a great use if you wish to add thread to turn into jewellery after melting.

Melted Pony Beads Jewellery - The Life Of Spicers #crafts

 

I have an old silicone heart shaped cake mould so I decided to use this as my template. Despite trying to get the beads to sit nicely in the mould, a few of them were stubborn and turned on their sides, but it actually didn’t make any difference to the melting and end result.

Once placed in the mould, the beads need to go into a hot oven (around 190C) for about twenty minutes. I found this was enough time for them to melt, but be warned they can be a little smelly when melting so it’s advisable to open a window.

When they come out of the oven, they are VERY HOT so don’t touch them until they have cooled. As I placed a glass bead in the centre, I was able to use this to thread some ribbon through to make Miss A a necklace once the heart shape had cooled completely.

I can see us experimenting with pony beads for more craft activities in the future as they are really easy to work with.

You might like to see how we made a table football pitch from a cardboard box, or a puppet theatre from a shoebox. 
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15 Comments

  1. January 12, 2015 / 12:14 pm

    This looks like a fun craft, and something a bit different. I can see these making fun gifts for teachers.

    • spicers1976
      Author
      January 12, 2015 / 3:05 pm

      that is a very good idea. I can see the scope for other crafts too not just jewellery

  2. January 12, 2015 / 2:33 pm

    What a creative use for these beads! My daughter’s beads tend to just get sucked up the hoover, hah!:)

    • spicers1976
      Author
      January 12, 2015 / 8:41 pm

      I find that happens here with loom bands

  3. ninjcat
    January 12, 2015 / 5:26 pm

    How creative and so pretty I would love one of these !

    • spicers1976
      Author
      January 12, 2015 / 8:39 pm

      they’re very simple to make.

  4. January 12, 2015 / 7:28 pm

    What a fun way to use up spare beads, I’m sure there’s loads of crafty things you can do with these now you know you can melt them. Love the heart!

    • spicers1976
      Author
      January 12, 2015 / 8:39 pm

      yes my mind is thinking of more possibilities

    • spicers1976
      Author
      January 12, 2015 / 8:38 pm

      it’s a nice easy activity

  5. January 13, 2015 / 10:17 am

    What a great way to use up something your daughter had lost interest in. It looks really pretty too.

    • spicers1976
      Author
      January 17, 2015 / 4:14 pm

      thanks

  6. January 16, 2015 / 11:23 pm

    Love that you have found a new way to use something that has lost it’s attractiveness! Great idea!

    • spicers1976
      Author
      January 17, 2015 / 4:11 pm

      thanks, I don’t like things going to waste if I can help it.

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