Friday, 9 May 2014
Melting Beads to make enamel dots
I've been discussing with others lately about melting beads to make enamel dots, I have picked the brains of those who have tried it & listened to their advice before giving it a go myself.
First off, use a conventional oven, fan ovens can blow the beads around (Thanks for the heads up Sue)
I set the temp as high as it would go (about 210C), put the beads on greaseproof paper & pop them in carefully (they can roll around & melt together if you're a lil too rough)
Some beads that appear plastic may be glass, these do very little apart from maybe changing colour.
Some beads bubble, this can actually be quite a nice effect.
The cheapest, more childlike beads worked the best, they have a lovely colour & more regular circular shape. These really look like enamel dots.
I tried another batch with the simpler, childrens beads..
Have you tried this yet? How did you get on? Or are you tempted to give it a go?