So, my friends, when I wrote about the melted bead suncatcher words a while back, I promised I'd share the rest of our suncatcher experiments in one fell swoop rather than another 10 or so posts. I know I snuck in that post about the melted bead fairy wands in the guise of a birthday post, but I'm (mostly) trying to keep my word.
Here goes… Another 7+ fun melted bead suncatcher ideas:
1. Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Suncatcher with melted
pony beads in a die cut wood frame purchased at Michael's
- We used teal
liquid watercolors to paint the skulls after the beads melted. The wood had scorched a bit and I wanted to cover that up and also add to the whole colorful look. Also, I knew that I could paint the whole thing with the liquid watercolors and then just rub any extra paint off the plastic beads (something that wouldn't work so easily with other kinds of paints).
- The die cut wood skulls come with a hanging ribbon, but we removed them before melting the beads and then added a new one (after learning through trial and error that the ribbon disintigrates in the heat).
2. Rainbow melted bead suncatcher in a die cut wood frame (again, purchased at Michael's or AC Moore)
- This is a suncatcher that a friend of Maia's made when she was over for a playdate. She carefully arranged the beads in rainbow order within the square wood frame.
- We've made a few suncatchers in these die cut wood frames and have been very pleased with how they've turned out. With some of them we've painted the frames with black acrylic paint (as you can see in one of the photos below).
3. 3-Dimensional Heart and Star Suncatchers made in metal gelatin molds
- I picked up a couple of old metal gelatin molds at a thrift store to experiment with and they worked great for the melted bead suncatchers!
- We've made the suncatchers with one layer of beads inside the molds and also with several. They work both ways.
- It's especially effective to use different colors or color combinations within the various shaped areas.
- Harry drilled a couple of holes at the top of each and I added beaded hanging loops.
4. Shapes within Melted Bead Suncatchers using cookie cutters
- To make the shapes, we set a cookie cutter on the foil-lined baking dish (shown here with an embroidery hoop frame), filling the cookie cutter with one color of beads and the space outside of the cookie cutter with another (or with a mix of colors), then carefully removed the cookie cutter before melting the beads and fusing the design together.
- This is much quicker and easier than trying to create shapes bead by bead as when we've made jack-o-lantern suncatchers.
- We've created shapes within melted bead suncatchers in both wood embroidery hoop frames and just in metal cake pans (without a frame)
- You can use either metal or plastic cookie cutters this way since you're not leaving the cookie cutter on during the melting process (unlike with the individual suncatcher shapes)
5. Spirals, Circles, Hearts, and Words within Suncatchers using beads on embroidery thread.
- These suncatchers are created much like the melted bead words except that they have additional beads around them. We string beads, usually all one color, on embroidery thread, arrange the string of beads on a foil-lined baking dish into any shape or word desired (sometimes within an embroidery hoop, wood frame, or cookie cutter), then fill all the remaining spaces with contrasting beads.
- My favorites are the spirals!
6. Beaded Suncatcher Christmas Ornaments using plastic pony beads within a die cut wood ornament from Michael's. Basically much the same method as the sugar skull suncatcher in #1 above.
7. Beaded Wire Spiral Mobile. We created this mobile with a few of our melted bead spirals just loosely hooked onto each other. It hangs on our front porch and twirls slowly in the breeze. I just love it and would like to experiment more with this idea and form, adding more bits and pieces.
As you can see, we've been going a bit crazy with pony beads. My family is ready to move on to other arts and crafts projects and I think I am, too. Finally.
Looking for the basic melted bead suncatcher instructions or more ideas? Here are my previous melted bead suncatcher posts:
- Making Melted Bead Suncatchers (Basic info for getting started)
- A Melted Bead Suncatcher Mobile (And how to make shapes)
- A Melted Bead Suncatcher Spiral (The beginning of our freeform experimentation)
- More Melted Bead Suncatchers :: Free Form Experiments
- Melted Bead Suncatchers :: Beautiful Free Form Hearts
- Melted Bead Stained Glass in Frames — Mondrian Style!
- Melted Bead Suncatcher in an Embroidery Hoop Frame
- A Melted Bead Jack-O-Lantern Suncatcher
- Melted Bead Words
- Melted Bead Fairy Wands
- Plus this post of course!
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