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.
- 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.
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.