I figured t’was the season for a little Halloween festiveness, so the next installment of my melted bead series has a pumpkin-y twist.
I promised you all a votive holder, and a votive holder you shall receive! I made this project is a little less free-form than the koi bowl, though you could do any design you want. This project will require a baking pan or sheet, a soldering iron, and sand paper, along with, of course, beads to melt and an oven to melt them.
Let’s get started:
You will want to end up with four squares of the same size (five, if you want it to have a bottom). I made one large square, 14×14 beads.
*NOTE* After completing my piece, however, I think my life would have been easier if I had started with four separate smaller squares, than with one big one. If you do that, then you can skip the whole part about cutting the squares apart. *END NOTE*
I wanted my designs to have a black border, but you could have your colored beads go all the way to the edge. I used one row of black beads to separate each of the four panels. These beads will eventually be cut in half. I was going to make all four sides have jack-o-lanterns, but I was running out of orange beads, so I switched it up for two of the sides. You can copy the patterns I did, or do a different patter, or solid colors. Whatever floats your boat.
Bake like the last project, 435F (~224C) until the beads have completely melted together (mine took about 22min). This time, I didn’t do any swirling. Remove the plastic and let cool.
Using the soldering iron (They only cost about $12 at a hardware store. I love having one around), cut between the panels. You’ll want to make your cuts down the back of the plastic, to keep the front looking cleaner. If you have a metal ruler (which I don’t) you could use that to make sure your cuts are straight.
Once you have your panels cut, sand down the edges.
Hot glue the sides together, inside and out.
Now, the top and bottom of the votive holder are not very smooth, so we’re going to heat them to finish it off.
Heat up your baking pan on the stovetop, medium-low heat. Place the top side down on the heated baking pan.
Take the pan off the heat and flip the votive holder over. Melt the bottom down the same way.
Remove from heat. Some of the melted plastic will be sticking out now. I just broke it off with a small pair of pliers.
Now, if you make a fifth square for a bottom, this would be the time to glue it on. If not, you’re done!
*WARNING* Do not use a real candle! This is plastic. Plastic + fire = bad. Get yourself a nice battery powered candle.
Alright, that’s two out of three plastic crafts I promised you guys. The next and final melted bead project will be jewelry. I’ll try making a few different pieces in different styles to show you all some options to spice up your look. Until then, happy crafting.