We already tried melting beads. We made beaded sun catchers. The smell was really strong so when I do this I plan to set my toaster oven on a table out back in my yard so the smell doesn't make me and my daughter sick (like it did with the sun catchers.)
**If you are sensitive to smells too you might want to take this into consideration.
Tutorial For Melted Bead Barrettes
Also visit Desiree's blog and see all her great ideas.
Books available about beads--
Paper Beads: Turn Simple Strips of Paper into Beautiful Beaded Jewelry (Klutz) [Spiral-bound]
No one will guess these posh beads are made of paper. Paper Beads comes with 200 precut strips of beautifully designed paper in 22 colors and patterns and a custom tool for winding them into beads. Super-clear how-to's make it easy to create straight beads, round beads, simple beads, and fancy beads. A bottle of durable glaze gives each bead a polished finish, and inside the book, we show how to bring it all together in style. Supplies also include elastic cord and a selection of pretty glass accent beads.
Happy Crafting and Happy Reading!!