Melting Beads

Stuck at home. Everyone is sick. What to do? Emit a cloud of noxious fumes from some craft beads, of course!
A recent trek to the IKEA, brought us some great finds to bring home. We only go to IKEA once or twice a year, so we make the best of it when we go.

Who could resist this giant jar of craft beads? The kids have been playing with them, as well as using them for crafts. The beads are good for measuring, pouring, scooping, counting, stringing, and gluing. They are also small enough that if the odd bead gets popped into the mouth of a passing toddler, mamalibrarian might just turn her head the other way and pretend she didn’t see anything. Mostly because any more calls to the Poison Control are no doubt going to warrant some kind of uniformed personnel showing up at the door.

Anyway, we embarked on the bead melting project one afternoon, when I was trying to keep everyone calm. It took a long time and a lot of dexterity to get the beads placed on the melting peg boards. (also from IKEA) The only instructions showed a woman with an iron and a piece of wax paper, so I had to wing it. I just set the iron to low and placed the wax paper on top of the beaded board. It took at least 2 or 3 minutes of the iron resting on top of the wax paper and beads to get them to fuse together. Then we let them cool, pulled off the wax paper, and removed them from boards.


I also picked up this cute hippo? fabric. With IKEA, you just never can quite tell what the animal is exactly. Flodhäst is what we are calling it. I am not sure what I am going to do with it yet. It is a little stiff feeling for clothes, but a little A-line jumper experiment would be awfully cute. In case you are in need of a chart with the translation of hippopotamus in many different languages, here is a link.

And for my friends Average Jane Crafter and Haiku Mama, I grabbed these market totes. I am anxious to see what kind of crafty gear Average Jane Crafter puts in hers.

3 thoughts on “Melting Beads

  1. I ran across your blog via the lego-stamped paper link on Craftzine’s Facebook page. I bought these same plastic beads from IKEA and had so much trouble getting them to fuse! Some spots would melt too much and others wouldn’t fuse at all. Any other, more detailed tips, or should I just iron them longer?


  2. Hi Marisa,
    Why don’t those things come with instructions, huh? Yes, I melted them for a long time. It could have been longer than 2 or 3 minutes, but I know I left the iron sitting on top of the beads and waxpaper until the you could see through the wax paper. The wax paper started to adhere and tear, and that is when I decided to take the iron off. Then I really let it cool. The great thing about these is that if you fail to melt them all together, you can just go back and try again, unlike with the iron on transfers.
    I hope that helps. Thanks for reading my blog.

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