The Perler beads of it all . . . had seen this long ago and just tried it out today for myself. These enamel looking dots were made using a toaster oven, parchment paper, and Perler Beads from Mikes.
Had seen a few videos on this technique and so I made my own --- I used a toaster oven outside in the garage (for fumes) and melted my Perler Beads from Mikes. Here is the new pack of those I used:
and so I will share what I learned. . .
Perler Beads (new ones not old ones from the kids as they don't melt well older)
First I used the Black and Decker toaster oven and these are the settings I used:
350 is the temp I used and I pre-heated the toaster oven while I was putting my beads on the parchment paper on the toaster oven tray. Here are the beads, standing upright on the tray, right after I put them in the toaster oven:
and approx 15 minutes in the toaster oven before I took them out:
Once this batch was done I removed them and cooled them and then removed them with a spatula approx 5 minutes later.
Second batch were the Perler Beads I had cut in half with an Exacto knife --- and they took approx 13 minutes to melt. Here is a photo of some of the cooled, finished beads -- full beads and then the half beads on the right to show the difference in size:
While I was at Mikes I picked up a bag of their brand shimmer Pony beads to see how those would turn out --- here is a photo of that bag:
Due to whatever they put on the beads to add the shimmer this is a photo of those beads after 17 minutes and I can not think of any projects I will be using them on --- haha:
They discoloured and are all wonky and look like lumps. Will have to try regular Pony beads as I know those will make larger enameled dots than the Perler Beads do and I really like the look of the enameled dots but not the price --- but I will say the beads certainly do smell and not only would I not put them in my regular oven but I would not cook them in the house -- esp the Pony beads -- very smelly. I expected things to get smokey but am happy to say that did not happen.
The Perler Beads melted evenly and are smooth and flat on the bottom -- remember to use the PARCHMENT paper and NOT waxed paper. Fun technique watching them melt but I suggest you do keep your eyes on them. I also think next time I will melt all like colours together as the lighter ones melted faster than the darker ones. TFL and YOLO