This is my favorite so far! A melted bead suncatcher in an embroidery hoop frame. Not only is it about the easiest and quickest way to make a melted bead suncatcher, it has a simple built in frame. You can get embroidery hoops in just about any size from teeny-tiny to rather large and the little screw thing at the top is perfect for hanging so no need to drill any holes.
Wouldn't a window full of these melted bead suncatchers in various sizes be lovely?
- Metal baking dish
- Aluminum foil
- Wood embroidery hoop, any size that will fit on your baking dish and in your grill or toaster oven
- Translucent pony beads
- And/or Glitter pony beads
- Electric grill or toaster oven (preferably outside)
1. Place your wood embroidery hoop on foil-lined baking dish.
2. Add the plastic pony beads in any design desired to the inside of the embroidery hoop. You can go for random, abstract, or representational.
3. Insert extra beads into any spaces you see. Make sure to fill the hoop completely. What happens is that the beads melt to fill the space, but then they contract a little when they cool. If you don't have enough beads in there, the suncatcher might pull away from the embroidery hoop frame.
4. Cook for 5-15 minutes at 400-450 degrees F. I use an electric grill but a toaster oven outside works well also. The time depends on the size of the stained glass and the temperature. I set my timer for 5 minutes and then check it frequently after that. You want to take it off when the beads are completely melted and flat (ideally) but don't let it get too hot and start to bubble.
Note: The fumes from melting plastic are not good to breathe, which is why we do the melting on the grill outside. If you decide to do it inside, make sure to ventilate well.
5. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
6. Peel the aluminum foil off the back of the suncatcher.
7. Hold up to the sun and admire!
We hang our suncatcher in the window using one of those little suction cups with hooks (just hooking the embroidery hoop screw over the hook), but you can also make a hanging loop with ribbon or string and tie it to the screw.
Wouldn't these make lovely gifts?
If you're looking for more melted bead suncatcher ideas, here are my melted bead suncatcher posts so far:
- 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
- Melted Bead Suncatchers 7+ NEW Ways (Includes ornaments, die-cut wood frames, spiral mobiles, and shapes within suncatchers)
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