Recently I came across a way of melting Hama Beads in an oven to make shapes such as bowls and we had a go. We really liked the result and it got us thinking of other ways to use the beads in different ways. Since we had our palette of Autumn colours out anyway to make conventional Hama Bead leaf shapes, we thought we would have a go at something different too. We used Sculpey Leaf Cutters (but any metal cookie cutter would do) and filled them with an assortment of beads thrown in, keeping them quite random and uneven to give a fairly textured effect to the finished item. We did this on an oven tray so the base was nice and flat – it retrospect some sprayed on oil inside the cutters would have been a good idea as it was fairly hard to separate them afterwards.
I put them in the oven for 10 minutes at 200C and kept an eye on them. I’ve seen this technique with things backed until the beads are fully melted and flat but I quite like the half melted look so we took them out before they went over into flat plastic. Then we waited for them to cool and prised them out of the cookie cutters.
I absolutely love these. The plastic melts very shiny and is wonderfully tactile; melting the beads seems to really enhance the colours too. I’m hoarding these, along with the pompoms from earlier in the month and some nature-y finds and other autumnal bits and bobs. I think they’ll make a beautiful autumn wreath towards the end of the month. Fortunately, the one good thing about our summer of rain is that so far none of the trees or plants think it is autumn yet, so I can hold off for a few more weeks.
Please note: the crafts has an easy rating because it is VERY easy but baking them and removing them from the cutters needs an adult and care to be taken.
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