Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Stained Glass Cake Stand

STAINED GLASS CAKE PLATE

Whoohoo! I ACTUALLY tried something I pinned on Pinterest! I found a post for stained glass garden hangers and ... hmm ...wondered if I could turn it into a cake stand. It really worked!

First, I placed cheap, plastic, transparent pony beads in a 12" metal cake pan. It took quite a few, as I wanted the 'plate' to be thick enough to support the weight of a cake. Then, I baked the beads at 425 degrees for 30-40 minutes...until all the beads had completely melted. I let this cool in the pan for about 20 minutes, then popped it out of the pan (it came right out...really!) Next, I glued it onto a dollar store candle stick with E6000 glue.

Presto! Cheap, easy, one-of-a-kind cake stand!

22 comments:

  1. Did it stink up the house when it was cooking? Just wondering... Love the idea and want to do it I just don't want an unhappy husband if it stinks up the house real bad...

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  2. I tried plastic small dollar tree beads in a small cake pan, started at 400 and it immediately got fumy but I live in a duplex/house split down the middle like a single trailer so no ventilation but the kitchen window, my kitchen is in the middle of the house. I turned down the oven to 300 so it took longer and they didn't completely melt but it turned out cool. "the sun-catcher disc". you will need plenty of ventilation. It is chemical smelling.

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  3. How many beads were used? I can't decide if I should just do one layer, or if that won't be enough...

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  4. About how many of these beads did you use? Would 3000 be too many or enough?

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  5. How many beads did you use? Do you need to grease the pan? Use a round pan?

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  6. I just did a 10" pan with 700 beads (9mm) and I don't think it was enough beads as the disk is fairly thin. DO NOT grease the pan but do use a pan that doesn't have any markings. Mine is a Wilton pan and I can read the markings on the disc and see the cut marks etched into the pan. The 10" took about 25 minutes and yes, it stinks up the place. Next one will be done in an old toaster oven, outside

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  7. Threw one pan away because it would not come out at all. The other pan I had to cut to pop out the disc. Baked at 400 for 25 minutes, no grease. On a positive note, no smell ;)

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  8. I can't wait to make this cake stand for my daughter's Art Themed Birthday Party! Thanks for sharing!!!!
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  9. This is beautiful! Thank you for inspiring me!

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  10. Is this best to do one layer of beads or two?? Making one now =)

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    1. that's what I would really like to know too

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  12. Just tried this...IT REALLY WORKED! I bought my beads in tubs from Wal-Mart ($4.97). I used 2 tubs which was about 3000 beads. This made it about 1/4 inch thick. Mine smelled if I stood right by the oven, but it didn't stink up my whole house...although my husband did walk through the kitchen and asked to make sure this wasn't dinner ;)The smell was gone quickly after baking. I also used a 12" Wilson cake pan. Mine left no markings although there are a few tiny air holes on the smooth side of the pan (just pin point size). I did NOT grease the pan. Was a little concerned about ruining a good pan, but just like the directions it popped right out (I heard it kind of making a cracking sound as it cooled and pulled away from the edge of the pan)! The only problem I had was the sharp edges some of the beads left on the underside of the plate. I'm sanding the edge trying to knock down the sharp points. I'm making another one and going to try to knock down the sharp points with a toothpick while it's still hot. Anyone else have this problem?

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  13. Gorgeous cakes, beautiful light and as usual brilliantly styled! So wish I had one of those in my fridge too! Can't wait for the recipes... :)

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  14. has anyone tried beads that are not translucent? Does it make a difference?

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  16. This type of cake stand are really rare. I'm glad to see your creation !

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  17. I wonder if you could make it on a grill outside? I have a bird.

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  18. Oh my gosh these photographs are INCREDIBLE! Your cakes look so delicious!

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  19. I just tried this and yes it stunk up the house, oops, lol. I used 1000 beads in an 8 inch pan and the thickness seems ok to me. I might have tosses in another handful if I had them to make a solid second layer. I got the little sharp edges but I will try to sand them down. The part that was touching the pan is sort of matte, but maybe with some cleaning it will look better. I did not use any grease and I baked at 400 for about 35 minutes. I'm wondering if I should have let it go a few minutes longer so those bits didn't stick up. Also, next time I think I'm going to pick out the brown beads. =)

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  20. a layer of silicon paper will stop it from sticking to the mould, and also helps to get it out in one piece. :-)

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