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Saturday, July 12, 2014

DIY Enamel Dots!

Who loves enamel dots? I do! I do! They are everywhere in paper crafting right now.

(Sample picture above-found online)

And I am SO excited that I have learned to make my own for oh so cheap! There are several tutorials online and even some videos. I came across this idea a while back and just haven't had time to give it a try. Today, while the boys were gone and I was cleaning the house, I spotted it.... 

The bucket of beads...that's right...the bucket of 11,000 beads that I could turn into 11,000 enamel dots!

Yep! This is what you need. I got these at Hobby Lobby and I want to say they were around $13...AND you can use that awesome 40% off coupon! I am sure you can get them just about anywhere. You don't have to buy buckets this big either. They do come in smaller quantities.

So, I decided to give it a go and after some trial and error, I think I have it mastered:

Once you have your perler beads, you'll need some parchment paper. Do NOT use wax paper. I tried using wax paper first, since I had no parchment paper, and my house was quickly filled with smoke and stink-apparently the wax burns off. I opened the oven to find crispy wax paper and ugly beads. First attempt-fail!

So, off to the store I went looking for parchment paper! Two stores later, I found some. Let's try this again!

Cover your pan with parchment paper and stand the beads up in whatever lovely colors you choose. 

The tutorial I watched said to heat the oven to 450 degrees and bake for 15 minutes. Here was the result:

My parchment paper was burnt to a crisp and the beads weren't melted! What? I thought I solved this problem already! I obviously suck at these Pinterest ideas! Ughhh...

Here we go more try and if this doesn't work...I give up. I decided to read the box that the parchment paper came in to see if I was maybe using the wrong side. Then I see that it says use max temperature of 350 degrees...uh...duh...I was scorching this paper at 450 degrees! Ding ding ding!

Soooo....I set my oven to 350 degrees and baked a (very small) batch for about 20-ish minutes. Small batch because I didn't want to waste another whole tray of beads. I just kept an eye on them and when the dimple was gone from the center, they came out.  Here is the result:

 Would you look at that!!! Wahooooo! Enamel beads in all sorts of colors-how cool! Now on to a bigger tray! I think I got this now!

This is so awesome! All these fab enamel dots for a FRACTION of the cost! 11,000 beads in all sorts of colors! You can even buy neon, sparkly and two tone colors! I also read that if you cut them in half, you'll get smaller ones (obviously) and to get bigger ones, just stack two beads and they melt perfectly. I am going to be a bead baking fool now!

Check them out!

The colors stay bright-and there should be NO dimple in the middle. They melt really nicely.

Even the clear ones are cool!

This cup will be full by tomorrow! really is super simple: 
* Perler Beads
* Parchment paper
* Heat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 20-25 minutes (keep peeking in on them as every oven is different)

**This is what worked for me. Read the box that your parchment paper comes in and it may also depend on how hot your oven gets.**

Well, what do you think? Are you going to give it a try? 

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