November 27, 2012

MELTY BEADS, FUSE BEADS (OR whatever you call them!)

Posted by Lori~

Mur-Man and I did an OLD-SCHOOL craft over thanksgiving weekend.  Remember taking beads, creating a pattern, melting with an iron, and there you have it a sun-catcher, magnet, you name it!
Crafty G-Ma (aka my mom) had given me the supplies.  She had them leftover from her many years of teaching first grade.

I knew I wanted to make some magnets to hang on Mur-Man’s new red bed. 

I wasn’t exactly sure how to make them…my memory from childhood is not 100%.  So, I entered “melty bead crafts” into Google and it came up with lots of instructions and great patterns.  I soon discovered that people also call them “fuse beads”.

It really is simple.  You make a pattern using a fuse bead base. 
You iron with parchment paper in-between.

Make sure you iron until everything is fused.  And then let it cool prior to pulling it off the base.  Also, you can iron the other side to ensure that everything is STUCK!

I then used hot glue to attach a magnet to the back.
I also found some mini toys from Mur-Man’s stash and made some other fun magnets.

SUPER FUN!  Mur-Man’s little hands weren’t quite ready for the craft, but he still loved it!