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Mod 70s Style Hexagon Fuse Bead Coasters Tutorial
Make these great coasters in a variety of colors to spice up your living space. Fun project that is quick and easy.

Posted by Megan LaCore from San Jose, California, United States • Published See Megan LaCore's 25 projects »
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  • How to make a beaded coaster. Fuse Bead Coasters - Step 1
    Step 1

    Here's our materials.

  • How to make a beaded coaster. Fuse Bead Coasters - Step 2
    Step 2

    Pour some beads into the smaller container to more easily sort for colors.
    Decide on a color scheme, choosing 5 colors.
    Starting at the center, place rows of color in the following order:
    Row 1: Color A
    Row 2: Color B
    Row 3: Color C
    Row 4: Color A
    Row 5: Color D
    Row 6: Color E
    Row 7: Color B
    Row 8: Color A

  • How to make a beaded coaster. Fuse Bead Coasters - Step 3
    Step 3

    Here's a tip that I found works well for me when I am sorting colors.

    When you exhaust the supply of the colors you are using, pour the remaining beads from the smaller container into the bigger container.

    This allows you to pour more from the source container without diluting down your color selection further, and makes it so you can work with less to dig around in.

  • How to make a beaded coaster. Fuse Bead Coasters - Step 4
    Step 4

    Carefully move the pegboard onto parchment paper. Usually a package of fuse beads will come with a square, but you can also use parchment paper from a roll. I have some around for polymer clay and crafting, so this is just another excuse for me to keep it on hand.

  • How to make a beaded coaster. Fuse Bead Coasters - Step 5
    Step 5

    Heat iron to medium temperature, and apply medium pressure while moving iron constantly. Heat for 15 to 20 seconds until all beads are evenly melted.

  • How to make a beaded coaster. Fuse Bead Coasters - Step 6
    Step 6

    Carefully peel up one side of parchment paper, allowing coaster to stick to ironed side. Remove pegboard.

    Place opposite side up and iron next side.

  • How to make a beaded coaster. Fuse Bead Coasters - Step 7
    Step 7

    Here's what a properly ironed coaster will look like: slightly melted and flattened on both sides, but not distorted. You should see the definition of the individual beads on the sides and have still-round circles.

  • How to make a beaded coaster. Fuse Bead Coasters - Step 8
    Step 8

    Lay a coaster on a scrap piece of paper and trace around it with a pencil. Cut straight, just inside the lines.

    Place pattern on top of a piece of felt and cut around the edges. Cut one for each coaster.

  • How to make a beaded coaster. Fuse Bead Coasters - Step 9
    Step 9

    Apply hot glue between rows of beads, trying to keep glue out of the holes.

  • How to make a beaded coaster. Fuse Bead Coasters - Step 10
    Step 10

    Quickly place felt hexagon on top of glue, center, and press down lightly but evenly. Let cool facing up.

  • How to make a beaded coaster. Fuse Bead Coasters - Step 11
    Step 11

    When I decided to make coasters, Mark decided to make drinks :)

    Recipe:
    1 part pomegranate schnapps
    2 parts Kettle One vodka
    3 parts cranberry juice
    Shake with ice and pour into a martini glass.

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Patricia S.
Patricia S. · Roma, Queensland, AU · 5 projects
This looks so awesome, I really need to track down some hama beads so I can make them!
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Ryden
Ryden · 28 projects
Oh I love this! I used to spend hours making these as a kid! How fun!
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Sugarlishes
Sugarlishes · Fort Hood, Texas, US · 136 projects
fantastic! I so like@@!!
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Laura R.
Laura R. · Manchester, England, GB · 32 projects
great tutorial! love it!
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Grace D
Grace D · London, GB · 83 projects
Yummy, off to make some cocktails Happy
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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1398 projects
These are really awesome, I love them. Thanks for the cocktail recipe too!
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