Thursday, March 13, 2014

Enamel Dots made with Pony Beads Tutorial!! Fun Embellishments!!

Hello crafty friends!! I had a huge task of washing way too many dishes, vacuuming, sweeping and mopping floors after I hosted a birthday party for my 13 year old. (yes officially a teen!) So I knew I would be stuck downstairs in the kitchen area for most of the day. I haven't been near my craft room in days so I was missing being crafty. I have seen lots of posts lately for enamel dots and decided this would be the perfect project to make while being stuck cleaning my kitchen!

My project: Enamel dots made with Pony Beads:

You will need: Pony beads, a flat cookie sheet (one that does not bend when it gets too hot) or a glass pan. (I used both) and Parchment paper.

Pre-heat your over to 450 degress. I have a convection oven so the fan was roaring away at such a high temperature. Open all the doors and windows because the plastic burning and smoking is really smelly!

Line the pan with parchment paper.
 Regular Pony Beads 

 Mini pony beads

 I  made 2 mistakes.... my paper was long and hung on the outside of the cookie sheet so when I placed it in the oven the edges curled up causing the pony beads to slide so cut your paper shorter than the pan without any curl ups on the edges. I had way too many beads on my first 2 trays which caused many of them to melt together.

 Whoops! Curled up edges~

Whoops! Too many beads~

Spread your pony beads with lots of space between them to allow room to melt

Cook in the oven for 12-15 minutes. I just kept my eye on them. They start out high and as they melt start to spread so once they were spread I baked them 2-3 more minutes then took them out. Then let them cool before sliding them off the parchment paper.

 Much better!!

This took me about 5 hours! I just baked until I had used all the pony beads! I found the regular pony beads at the Dollar Store and the mini pony beads at Michael's and I used a 40% off coupon. 
I have thousands of these beads in my kid's craft closet from tons of old projects that some day I will dig threw, find and cook!

Size comparison: A penny, regular pony bead, mini pony bead, a Skittle

The enamel dots are very light, I adhered mine using a low temperature hot glue gun. I think they are a great addition with skittles, like buttons and brads!

It was fun to try making these, they were a lot of work. They are cute, but I think I just love my skittles too much!!

Check them out here!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Have you made them? Leave a comment I would love to see what you created! 

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  1. How cool are these- fun tutorial. I love them. I think I will just buy mine.
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    DIANA L.

  2. Ohhhhhhhhh what an awesome idea!!! I loveeeeeee how they turned out!!!!!!!

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  4. thanks for the tutorial, but I gotta be honest, I don't see me trying it---I love your skittles-they are the best!!

  5. I just made some of these on Monday using the mini pony beads. My package had 700 and I kept going until they were all gone too. I heated mine at 375 for 25 min. I probably should have left them in another 5 min, so they would be a bit flatter to mail easier, but I seriously love how they turned out.

  6. super awesome :0) loved the turtorial

    thanks for sharing


  7. So much fun. I am definitely taking atrip to the attic to grab some. Who says I'm a hoarder. I knew I'd need these one day.

  8. love this tfs, lots of work turned out pretty though. hugs

  9. Hi Carri,
    They look awesome. I'm definitely going to have to try this! I'm obsessed with enamel dots. LOL!!

    Have a great day!


  10. oh my goodness...this is just too darn cute, what a fabulous and fun idea! Can't wait to give it a try.

  11. How cool is this tut! But I think I would just buy them instead of dealing with the smell....LOL!

  12. They look so awesome!! Thanks for the tutorial!! Have a great weekend :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  13. Awesome tutorial! TFS...
    Had no idea that's how it was made...Very COOL!
    Have a wonderful day,
    *Crafting With Creative M*

  14. how how cute! great tutorial!

    sorry it took me awhile to get back to you... i've been away for awhile!!! we did just move but they moved us again. such is the military life!