How To: Plastic Bottle Beads

Making plastic beads at the Akron Art Museum.

Making plastic beads at the Akron Art Museum.

Supplies:
Plastic bottles
Scissors
Embossing heat guns
Permanent markers
Needle nose pliers (insulated)

Extras:
String or wire
Beads

Directions:
1. Collect and rinse plastic bottles. Try experimenting with different colored plastics.
2. Carefully cut the bottles into strips, varying the width of the strips will create different size beads.
3. Decorate the strips with permanent markers creating designs, patterns, or even writing a secret message.
4. Roll up the plastic strips and hold firmly with the pliers.
5. Heat the plastic with the heat gun and watch the plastic shrink and harden. When you are finished, let the bead rest on the pliers.

Showing off his plastic beads.

Showing off his plastic beads.

A whole bracelet of plastic beads!

A whole bracelet of plastic beads!

 

Between ArtCamp@Dusk, Story Time, children’s art classes, workshops, tours, lectures and art, there is always something to do at the Akron Art Museum.

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