Art Project #89- Melted Bead Wind Chime

We made melted bead wind chimes and sun catchers using our pony beads, a muffin pan, a mini muffin pan, a metal pie plate, a drill and some string.  I just LOVE how these came out!  They were another perfect addition to our 100 days of Art Challenge.

First we lined our pans with a single layer of pony beads.

Then we melted our beads in a 400 degree oven for 25 minutes; it will smell like melted plastic.  We opened our windows and put a few fans on to help dissipate the smell.  This can also be done on a grill or with a toaster oven moved outside if you'd prefer not to have the smell in your house.

As they cooled we could hear them popping.  It was pretty neat to listen to.  Once the pans were cool to to the touch we flipped them over and most of the discs fell right out.  Those few that were stuck inside fell right out with a few wacks to the back of the pan.

Alec decided how he wanted all of the discs laid out and I used a drill to drill 5 holes in the largest disk from the pie plate.

I then drilled two holes in all the medium size disks and one hole in each of the smallest disks.

Using fishing line (14 lb size) we strung our disks together making sure to include a hanging loop at the very top.

Then we hung it in the garden to enjoy!

Other Projects in this series:
Project 3: Star Wars Crafts
Project 5: Floral pens
Project 6: Watercolor outlines
Project 13: Water gun art
Project 14: Watercolor Kits
Project 15: Dragonfly Silhouettes 
Project 16: Painting pet rocks 
Project 17: Spray Paint Resist
Project 18: Water bottle windsock
Project 20: Tin can windsock 
Project 21: Firework glue art
Project 22: Qixel art kit
Project 26: Spray Painted Canvas
Project 28: Tin Foil Art
Project 29: Oil Pastel Bubbles 
Project 32: Drip Painted Pots
Project 33: Sun Art 
Project 36: Art Museum field trip. 
Project 39: Painting Pikachu 
Project 40: How to Draw Books
Project 42: Splatter Paint Canvas
Project 46: Tissue Paper Leaf Art
Project 50: Drawing Cat Faces 
Project 51: Making Homemade cards
Project 53: 3-D printing 
Project 54: Gingerbread Train
Project 57: Candy trees 
Project 66: Washi Tape Cookie Cutter Ornaments
Project 67: Learning Origami 
Project 68: Art Books and Artist Study
Project 69: Playing Go Fish Art
Project 70: Edible Chocolate Art
Project 71: Geometric Hearts 
Project 72: Marble Swirled Hearts
Project 73: Solid Tempera Paint Drawings
Project 74: Qixels 3-D Maker
Project 75: Making Cupcakes
Project 76: Window Marker Art
Project 77: Shamrock Zentangles on Scratch Paper
Project 78: Painted Pandas 
Project 79: Minecraft Digital Art
Project 80: Charcoal Drawings
Project 81: Chalk Pastel Lighthouse Drawings
Project 82: Dying Easter Eggs With Bleeding Tissue Paper
Project 83: Painting Pottery
Project 84: Drawing En Plein Air
Project 85: African Savannah Paintings
Project 86: Woven CD Garden Decoration
Project 87: Working with Clay
Project 88: Art Lessons with Art Academy

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  1. Love this. Did you feel that they popped out well enough that you can use the pans for food after washing or do you have art pans?
    Blessings, Dawn

    1. They popped right out of all our cupcake pans and with a quick washing I will definitely use those for cooking... however, I think I may have ruined my metal pie pan. In our bead selection we also had some color changing pony beads that were a different texture/material than the traditional pony beads and a large cluster of them melted together and stuck to the pie plate. I'm pretty sure if I had stuck to traditional pony beads I would have been all set.

  2. What a really fun idea for kids! Thanks for sharing at the Pleasures of the NW's DIY Party!

  3. That is so pretty! I'm going to have to add it to our list of activities for "Camp Mom" over the Summer!

  4. How fun! Looks like you get the beauty of a wind chime without the noise (that drives my husband crazy). Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

    1. Yeah my husband it not a huge fan of the sound from the wind chimes either; these do make a bit of noise but they're so much quieter than traditional chimes.

  5. What a fun idea! Your wind chime looks great! Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle. We'll be featuring this at tomorrow's party.

  6. These are SO AWESOME!! We may have to add this project to our summer crafts :) Thanks for sharing with us at #MMBH!!

  7. I love how the discs look put together as a wind chime! Great art project!

  8. What a great idea and fun craft idea to do with the grandkids. I'm actually thinking the discs would make cool outdoor coasters too.

    1. They definitely would make real neat coasters.


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