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Mardi Gras bead Easter eggs

As I was googling around looking for what to do with the metric ton of beads my girls got at endymion (a mardi gras parade), I found these:

I think they'd make a really neat decoration for easter. I'm assuming they used a styrofoam egg form or a plastic one and just glued the beads on. What type of glue should I use? This to that says le page 5 min epoxy but it's not available in my area not to mention 5 mins is a long time to hold a bead in place... what would you guys use instead?


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Feb. 19th, 2012 08:21 am (UTC)
In case people didn't notice: they seem to be using strings of beads, not individual ones.
Feb. 19th, 2012 08:35 am (UTC)
Hey, yeah, I can see the thread joining some of them now!

Otherwise I was going to suggest pins (like with sequin art), though the egg'd need to be a certain size for that to work...
Feb. 19th, 2012 02:39 pm (UTC)
That's what I thought too, like T pins where the arms of the T would catch the string between the beads.
Feb. 19th, 2012 09:51 am (UTC)
That looks like beadweaving to me, and not gluing.

Feb. 19th, 2012 10:17 am (UTC)
It's not. Mardi gras beads are plastic beads stamped onto a string and they don't come off unless you cut them off and even then they wouldn't have a hole to do the weaving in.
Feb. 19th, 2012 10:38 am (UTC)
Fair enough.

Though I've done modified beadweaving techniques with strung beads fyi.

Feb. 19th, 2012 05:30 pm (UTC)
OMG those are AWESOME! I'm totally doing some too!
I'm going to try it with my hot glue gun, set to high, using plastic eggs from last year's Easter parade, lol. I'm thinking that styrofoam eggs would be better, though. But I dread that trip to Jo-Ann on Vet's just to get some. :P
I'm also thinking that, maybe to glue on high heat might melt the beads a little (a la the lighter trick only less horribly toxic, lol), therefore strengthening the fusion of the two plastic surfaces. And I'll probably glitter or glitter-glue them as well, adding even more.

Oh wow, now I can't wait to get home. Stupid Bacchus. I'll never get a cab. :D
Feb. 19th, 2012 06:29 pm (UTC)
This. I really see no reason hot glue wouldn't work.
Feb. 19th, 2012 07:16 pm (UTC)
I wonder if Quick Grip glue would work? I use it for tons of stuff, it's great!
Feb. 19th, 2012 11:26 pm (UTC)
I'm also noticing some color underneath the beads, so I'm guessing they used plastic eggs (like the kind you can put chocolate in). Maybe those would be easier to glue to than styrofoam?

Thanks for the heads up about this project! I'll have to give it a try too.
Feb. 20th, 2012 10:20 pm (UTC)
Oooo... we have a lot of extra necklaces left from my daughter's blizzard birthday* and my girl loves gluing things. I sense a beaded St. Patrick's Day door decoration in our future.

*Remember the early one that cancelled Halloween throughout New England? The venue had declined to cancel the day before...and 3/4 the kids couldn't make it to the party.
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