made from melted stuff
This is another idea I wanted to test out for a project I'm doing on a much bigger scale. works out alright... but it's a LOT of work for something of this size so I can't imagine doing it for what I was hoping to use it for!
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pick an image you wanna use. I found a stained glass butterfly online.
you'll need to decide what final size you want your plastic to be, and enlarge it 300%.
I printed both sizes out so I had something to make a pattern from before I shrunk it and afterwards so I could piece it all back together correctly.
throw them in the oven (400ºF) until all the beads have run together (maybe 10-20 minutes or so - just keep an eye on it) then pull it out and pop it out of the mold, clean up the edges and set on top of your cheat sheet. if you want a hole in it, this is a good time to drill one. I didn't until I finished so I might go back and try to melt it a bit around the edges of the hole with a blow torch... maybe :P
place your plastic cut outs on some foil, colored sides up, and watch them until they're done shrinking. try to make them as flat as possible so they lay flat on your melted pony bead base.
Sorry no pic! I forgot to take one of them shrinking :(