These are made from plastic beads...pony beads, cheap plastic crystals beads, etc. There are quite a few tutorials for this type of things out there. I ran across this version on Pinterest, of course I didn't Pin it and now can't find it again to share with you all...but here are a couple of other versions with good instructions and great ideas: star suncatchers from craftster and a wire wrapped suncatcher version from One Crafty Mama.
These first two are the ones that I made. You simply lay a single layer of beads in a pie tin or small loaf pan or other dish of choice and bake them in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes until everything is melted.
Here is little Rosie Posie's version (She had some help). After they come out of the oven, you let them cool (they will snap, crackle, and pop a bit). They pop out of the tins very easily once cool. Then drill holes for hanging.
Here is my older daughter's version (She did this one on her own and helped with the others). These are so pretty...and what a great way to use up some of the plastic beads we have accumulated.
Here they are all together. Some of the photos are a little blurry...it is so windy today, it's hard to get a picture at all! I need to find my tart molds, then we could make some smaller ornaments or suncatchers that would be nice in the windows...these are fairly large as we used pie tins and mini loaf pans. They have become garden ornaments, they are so pretty out in the yard!
I have some lace to photograph, but if I take it outside it will be in the next county before I can reach to catch it!!! Perhaps it will calm down before dark...we shall see!