Torched Bead Sun Catcher DIY

 

Learn how to make a beaded sun catcher by melting pony beads with your Bernzomatic ST2200T torch.

Steps

Time: Approximately 1 Hour

For this bead sun catcher, make six hearts in different colors. You can choose to make any shape you wish.

  1. Arrange the pony beads into the desired shape on top of a cookie sheet. Important: Make sure the beads are touching. If they are not touching, they will not melt together properly, and will eventually fall apart.
  2. Next, fill your Bernzomatic ST2200T with Bernzomatic Butane. Ignite the switch and turn it on.
  3. Wave the flame over the shape. You will see the beads melt together. It may catch a small fire; however, it will burn out almost immediately. If not, you can blow it out. Allow it to cool completely, approximately 3-5 minutes.
  4. Once it is cool, carefully flip the shape over and melt the other side with your torch.
  5. To put together, use plastic cord to string your shapes through a center bead, bringing the two ends together.
  6. String the desired pattern of beads. For the sun catcher in this tutorial, I strung about 25 beads per heart shape. I also used different sizes and colors.
  7. Insert 2 eye hook on a branch. Use a drill if needed. Tie twine to each end to create a hanger.
  8. Lastly, tie each beaded heart string equidistant from one another onto the branch.

Completed bead project

Tips

It is important to work in a well-ventilated area. When melting beads, they omit a strong odor. Don’t worry, it is not toxic because pony beads are meant to be melted. Secondly, use an old cookie sheet as a work surface. It helps to use one with a lip in case the beads roll around. Melting beads can burn the metal sheet, however, can easily be cleaned. Lastly, keep in mind you are working with an open flame. Be cautious of wind if you are working outdoors and of course be careful when working around children and animals.

What You'll Need


ST2200T
ST2200T

Detail Torch for Hobby and Household Use

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BF55
BF55

5.5 oz. Butane Cylinder

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Materials

  • Transparent Multi-Colored Pony Beads
  • Old Metal Cookie Sheet
  • Elastic Bead Cord
  • Branch
  • Drill and Drill Bit
  • 2 Eye Hooks
  • Twine
  • Scissors
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