Melted Inexpensive Pony Beads = Suncatcher!
This idea was pinned to my "Gotta Try" board. You place a single layer of plastic beads into a metal pan and heat them at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
So here's what I did ---
I grabbed a couple of pans. I thought this heart pan would work nice and I had some small fluted pans (honestly don't know where these came from!) I put a small nut into the heart pan - thinking that it would leave a hole for hanging. I placed both of these on a cookie sheet to make it easier to handle.
Then I just started filling the heart with beads I thought would work well together. It was taking quite awhile to pick out these colors and get them into a single layer, so I enlisted the help of Shawn to make it go faster (and to give him something different to do). I asked him if he wanted to help me with an experiment. "Are we going to blow something up?" He asked with a smile. "No, not today...we're going to melt something."
When I told Shawn I was going to melt the plastic beads in the oven he asked, "Isn't that kind of toxical?" Gotta love him! I turned the exhaust fan onto high just make sure it didn't smell too "toxical", lol.
The little pan took about 20 minutes. The larger heart took about 25 minutes.
I had Shawn put some blue opaque beads into the little one because I wanted to see if these would look as good as the transparent ones. They came out interesting -but not for a suncatcher. They would look good as a melted bowl perhaps.
Isn't this heart-shaped one pretty right out of the oven?
I strung the heart and the round shape together and placed them into the garden. The sun bounced off them as the spun around with the breeze.
Here's the little guys from the fluted pan. It's better to use a smooth-sided pan. These have sharp edges.