Oven fused bead whorls for hand spinning yarn
I got the idea from Crafters Coast to Coast, it used to be on TV during that brief era of craft shows, the crafter that day was making fused bead lampshades. I had "tubs" of these beads.
Turn on the kitchen fans and open the windows - it's a stinky craft.
I used the inexpensive clear plastic faceted and tri beads that have accumulated from hundreds of craft projects over the years to make some colorful whorls for hand spinning yarn. The clear beads fuse quicker than solid oolored beads.
I fused them in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, give or take, on a foil lined cookie sheet, and in a foil lined round egg ring I had in the kitchen.
Keep the beads roughly the same size when fusing. The solid colored beads tend to bubble if you bake them for more than 12 minutes.
So, I laid down the colored beads first and then a layer of clear over that, filling the egg ring to the brim. As they melt, they shrink down a bit.
Some came out better than others.
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