The Life of Jennifer Dawn: Melted Pony Bead Jewelry

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Melted Pony Bead Jewelry

As a child, do you remember making jewelry and other crafts with pony beads? They're bright, colorful, and super fun to craft with! They are also really inexpensive which is a huge plus when you just can't stop yourself from buying more craft supplies. Anyone else have that problem?

Did you know that pony beads can also be melted down? It's like getting a whole new craft item to work with! Here I've used my melted beads to make earrings and a bracelet. It's Melted Pony Bead Jewelry! They are fun to wear or give as gifts! Wouldn't these make a cute Mother's Day or birthday present? This is a great craft for the kids to get involved in--with supervision, of course, since it does involve using an oven. Are you ready to make your own melted bead jewelry? Here's how...

Melted Pony Bead Earrings

Supplies:
Directions:
1. Place your beads on a baking pan. You can use one with individual slots or place the beads on a cookie sheet leaving a few inches between each bead.
 2. Set the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit and bake the beads until they have melted into little circles. Let them cool for a few minutes before removing them from the pan.
3. Once your beads have completely cooled, you can add a dab of adhesive to the back of each one and attach it to an earring post.
4. Let the adhesive set completely. I usually let it sit for at least thirty minutes before picking the pieces back up. The great thing about using E-6000 is that it gives such a strong, lasting bond.
5. If you want to give your earrings to someone as a gift, put them on a piece of card stock or tag to keep them together as a set.

Melted Pony Bead Bracelet

Supplies:
  • melted pony beads (see above)
  • bracelet with blanks (This one is similar to what I used.)
  • E-6000 adhesive
Directions:
1. Melt several pony beads just like before. To prepare your bracelet, you may need to remove a few links to ensure an accurate fit. I wanted this to fit my daughter's wrist, so I used pliers to remove two of the blanks.
2. Use the adhesive to attach a bead to each blank disc. Allow everything to dry.
3. Wear or gift you new piece of handmade jewelry.
That's it! Now you have some gorgeous and unique pieces. It fun to try a mix of different colors as you're making these! It was interesting to see that some colors melted a little quicker than others. If you do try this craft for yourself, be sure to share it with me in the comments. I'd love to see what you come up with.

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47 comments:

  1. This is so cute! I had no idea those beads could be melted down!

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    1. Yes, and they melt into a nice, uniform circle. I did find that some colors melted faster than others.

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    2. Do you have to spray the pan or anything or do they just come right off the pan after cooling?

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    3. Hi, Ashley! Great question! No, you do not have to use any spray. They pop right off the pan after cooling down. I don't let them sit too long--just long enough to be cool to the touch.

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    4. Oh, and it may also be interesting to know that some colors melted quicker than others. I hope you have fun trying out this idea!

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  2. These are super cute!! What a great idea!!

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  3. These are so so adorable! I need to make these with my sisters and nieces!

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  4. I have lots of these beads, will definitely have to give it a try! They are absolutely adorable. Thank you for sharing this post!

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  5. Oh my! I love these...how cute would these be for a little girls princess party? Pretty cute, if you ask me! We would love for you to share with us at Party in Your PJs, our weekly link party!
    http://www.thecookiepuzzle.com/2015/04/party-in-your-pjs-53.html

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    1. That's a great idea! Of course, I'll come share them there. Thanks for the invite!

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  6. Adorable! My nieces would love these!

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  7. No way! How cool is this!! Pinning to share! (and to try!!!) http://quirkybohomama.blogspot.com/

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  8. Cute! Great idea. Plus, I see these used as embellishments on paper projects. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Yes, that would be a fun idea! Let me know if you end up trying that. I'd love to know what you make with them.

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  9. I didn't know these beads can be melted! I love this idea! I'm definitely going to give it a try! thanks

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  10. Thank you for entering my 'Feature Wednesday' link up! This is simply brilliant. I have chosen you as my Winner , check it out on http://mamabeesimple.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/week10-feature-wednesday-melted-pony.html
    Well done.

    Monica

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm flattered! I'll have to come check it out.

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  11. wow thats really cool , I think my girls would enjoy doing this

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  12. Love these! They would be so perfect for all the little girls in my life :)

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  13. Am dropping by from the Sugar Bee Crafts link party. This is such a fabulous idea! I want to make at least a dozen bracelets with matching earrings!! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  14. I love this! My niece just had her ears pierced last year and as her godmother I'm forever sending her cute earrings. Now we can make some together next time I see her!

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  15. These are so cute & the bracelet is genius!! I'm visiting from Wonderful Wednesday.
    Thanks so much!
    Angie
    PS - I also wanted to invite you to hop on board the Great Blog Train (blog hop) - we are traveling to Somerset, Kentucky this month!: http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/2015/06/the-great-blog-train-30-giveaway.html

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  16. Such a lovely idea ♡
    I really want to try this,
    But is it 250 degrees fahrenheit or celsius??

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    1. Thank you. Oh, I'm sorry. It's Fahrenheit. Thanks for pointing that out. I'll go back and fix it now.

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  17. Love this idea! Easy, cheap, and adorable. Win, win, win. ;)
    Lynn @ Riggstown Road

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  18. how long in the oven before they melted?

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  19. Love this idea!!! Very cool for some early Christmas crafts for gifts!

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  20. SO cute!!! I stopped by after reading Kim @ Hunt & Host's post! Can't wait to try this with my girls! Thanks for sharing!

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  21. This is so cute!!! I love it...I'm definitely trying this and I'm off to pin it!!
    --Brittany
    www.diyjustcuz.com

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  22. I love this idea, it sounds so easy! I have loads of pony beads laying around.

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  23. Wow! How did you come up with that?! So, I have a question. When you just take them out of the oven,...would it be possible to make a hole in the center of them? What do you think?

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    1. Hmmm...that's a good question. I let them sit and harden before messing with them since I wanted them to be perfect little circles. I'm curious to go back and try that out though. Let me know if you've already given it a try. Otherwise, I'll do it and keep you posted.

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  24. Clever idea - great project for young teens, too

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  25. Super cute! My daughter would love doing this :)

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  26. How smart and cute that is! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home and Happy New Year!

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  27. Congratulations! This post is going to be featured over at Diana Rambles tomorrow and has been pinned in the Featured at Diana Rambles board at Pinterest and Tweeted. Please grab a featured button off my button page or via the post guidelines graphic. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!

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    1. Thank you so much for the feature! I'll have to come take a look.

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  28. Seriously LOVE this!!!! Thanks for linking up to Link Party Palooza!!

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    1. Thank you! That is such a huge compliment coming from you. I've been a big fan of your blog for years now.

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  29. This is so cool! Looks simple enough too! I will save and try making these soon!

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  30. Have you tried placing 3 or 4 beads next to each other (in a circle) in the oven? Would they melt together or just easily break apart when they cool off? That would be really cool if they swirled together.

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    1. I actually did try that. I melted some together to form a flower. They do not break apart. I was able to attach the melted pony bead flowers onto snap clips to make hair accessories for my daughter. I may try to get a picture and include that in the post. Thanks for stopping by!

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  31. These look like a very fun craft! Do they have a strong plastic smell when melting?

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