by Craftbits (shellie wilson)
Using inexpensive plastic “pony beads” is a fun way to create something unusual or to make several amulets at once -- which is great if you have a lot of gifts to make for holidays. This method also makes it possible for kids to make their own amulets and give their “lucky charm” extra meaning. Pony bead amulets are an easy and cost-efficient project for a kids’ party and can double as a party favor too.
What you need
Assorted plastic pony beads
Arrange a layer of beads in the bottom of a muffin tin to create any type of symbol you desire. The yellow and black amulet pictured here is intended for mental clarity; the color yellow represents mental powers and the circle of black symbolizes being well grounded. The red arrow with white beads is a symbol of protection and the wavy light-blue lines in the dark blue circle is a sign for water; this amulet is for protection in or around water. Remember that the power of a personal amulet is in the wearer’s faith. There is no right or wrong way to create a symbol.
Place the muffin tin in a preheated 350-degree oven and cook for approximately 20 minutes or until the beads are melted. They won’t liquefy but will look something like softened marshmallows.
Allow the pan to cool to the touch and pop the discs out by sliding a knife between the edge of the disc and the pan.
If the edges are sharp or uneven sand them lightly with fine-grit sandpaper. Depending on the color of beads used, sanding may result in a scuffed look. Spray the sanded amulet with clear acrylic to restore the shine.
Drill a small hole through the disc if you want to thread cording through it for wearing. You might also opt to keep an amulet inside your purse, pocket, car or desk or attach one to the outside of your luggage to keep your belongings safe and help identify your bag on the carousel.
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