Published on June 2nd, 2014 | by Kristen Swain0
Melt Art for Your Windows
A while ago I tried a new craft, Pony Bead melted suncatchers. I love to have gorgeous and colorful things hanging in the windows. Come Sspring and the breezes blowing through the open windows, there is a magic that happens as these beauties spin and move in the light wind. I also think it’s a really cool science type craft, I mean, just a little convection heat and you go from dozens of beads to a single solid image. How neat is that? I always have loved watching things like that. I think that’s why I like baking. You turn liquids into a solid and it’s yummy. I also have always been a big fan of shrink film too. Just one of those neat ideas to change something with heat – melt art for your windows.
So here I am, sharing another idea on using cake pans to create a big round colorful suncatcher for you to hang in a window, or what about outside, could you picture these on a low limb, beautiful! You don’t have to imagine, they are gorgeous!
When I make these suncatchers, I like to use 9 inch cake pans. These I cover with foil. I don’t want to take the chance in getting some kind of plastic flavor embedded into the pan. I also like that the slightly crinkled foil gives the beads an interesting texture in the melt.
I have done these before and there are many sizes you can create, as well as making them without a mold or pan. You can make shapes on a cookie sheet as well. Remember the basic, keep them close together, bake at 400 degrees for 18-22 minutes.
To create the rainbow design, I used three rows of red to start, I add in solid and clear colors because I like the mix of solid and clear in my design. Use what you like.
After getting three rows of red, about 3/4 of the way around the pan, I started on orange. Yellow, green and blue followed. Then I mixed white and clear together for a cloud at the bottom.
Here is what the melted bead look like, pull it out of the oven, let it cool and peel off the foil.
For the purple flower, I used a formula of 1,2,3, 3, 4, 4,4, 4, 3, 2. beads in a row. I created 6 petals with the center being a circle of black.
To hang these, I use a little bit of clear thread. You can also use fishing line.