I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with these beads. I love, love, love both the process and the end result. But the mess when that bucket is tipped....
Anyway, I thought I might do a quick how to.
This bucket was a Christmas purchase, and with a bit of trial and error, I finally sussed out how to meld them together successfully.
After stacking them on your board,
place between sheets of baking paper and gently press with a moderate iron. The baking paper is really important. When I looked for instructions on the internet, nobody mentioned this and I managed to get a whole lot of beads melted on the iron. Seriously stuck on. Not what you want.
Flip, removing board, cover with paper, and press the other side.
I have found it takes about fifteen seconds. These get REALLY hot, so be careful. They do tend to curl a little at the edges, so I let them cool slowly, pressed under a weight.
We have made a few into brooches,
some into bracelets,
and a super sized one into a room tag.
Hours of entertainment.