A couple of weeks ago, I took Quincy to the craft store to pass the time indoors on a scorchingly hot day in LA. I was surprised, and thrilled, to come across an entire section dedicated to Perler beads! Overcome with nostalgia, I left with enough beads to last us a lifetime. That, or make 1,000+ coasters. While searching for different ideas and patterns online, I stumbled upon a tutorial for turning the short cylindrical beads into flat donut beads In the oven! WTF, awesome. I love how they reminded me of Roxanne Assoulin's candy-like enamel bracelets and necklaces and so alas, time spent making dinosaur Perler coasters for Quincy turned into making Perler jewelry for me.
Preheat your oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread a handful of Perler beads onto the paper and stand them upright. Each oven varies so I recommend baking the beads for 2 minutes and then checking on them. You want them to have flattened, but not too much as you'll want to keep the hole large enough to thread your cord through. If you bake them too long, they'll melt into solid discs. We don't want that! I baked my beads for 3 minutes in my oven and they turned out great!
Keep the flattened Perler beads separate from the regular Perler beads when beading. It makes things go so much faster! I like using elastic cording for this project. This is such an easy and quick project that troubling yourself to incorporate clasps defeats the simplicity.
Tie a double knot at the end of the elastic cord. Start threading on your beads. Have fun! Mix it up!
Keep threading beads on until you've reached your desired length.
Grap the ends and tie the end of the necklace into a single knot. Pull tight.
Place a drop of superglue onto the knot and allow to dry for few minutes. Trim the ends, close to the knot.
Place a crimp cover over the knot. Use a pair of pliers to squeeze the crimp cover closed.
The crimp cover should know look like a gold bead! I love using crimp covers, not only because they conceal knots, but because it makes it so that there's no end or front of the necklace. There are no worries when the necklace slides around your neck throughout the day!
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