How To: Rainbow Cloud Mobile

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It’s been a long winter here in Melbourne, and I’m craving a little sunshine and COLOUR !
I can’t control the weather outdoors, but I can control the weather on my blog, so I present…The Rainbow Cloud Mobile. Just a little bit of whimsy to brighten up a corner of your world. It was so dark and stormy yesterday when I took these photos, that I was doubtful I’d have anything worth sharing, but thanks to the magic of photoshop and a late night of editing, I’ve managed to cobble something decent together.

This mobile is fairly easy (although not quick) to make. Only a few inexpensive supplies are required, and I’ve included a template for you too! It would look great in nursery, or any corner that needs a little brightening up.

You will need:

Hama (Perler) beads in assorted colours. White and neutrals for cloud, and a rainbow selection for drops (or feel free to select colours to suit your decor)
Silicone baking paper (about 2 x A4 sized pieces should be sufficient)
Cloud template
Iron
Scissors (not your best ones)
Hard heat proof surface
Heavy book
Thick tapestry needle
Fine fishing line or invisible thread

How to:

Print out the cloud template – HERE
Use A4 paper and choose fit to page
cloud template lo res
Sort out you beads by colour, you will need to have enough beads of each colour to roughly cover the template shapes.
Tip: some packs of Hama beads already come pre-sorted.
hama beads
WARNING: Melted plastic is HOT and can burn skin. Please take care when handling melted beads.
1. On a hard heat proof surface, lay silicone paper over template.
2. Spread you beads over the shape concentrating on the edges first. It doesn’t have to be perfect but try to keep to the shape as much as you can. Also try to have beads laying on their sides as this gives a better end result.
3. Cover with another sheet of silicone paper and start to iron. Iron should be set to hot but NO steam. Press down firmly and work the melting beads towards the center. Flip over and iron on the other side.
Making cloud steps
4. Ideal thickness is about 1-2mm. Now fill the remaining gap in the cloud shape with more beads. Repeat ironing until you are happy with thickness and shape.
5. Handling carefully (still hot) place cloud under heavy book to cool. This prevents edges from curling. Once cool enough to handle, trim any very irregular edges with scissors to neaten.
6. Whilst plastic is still slightly warm, push a tapestry needle through cloud shape where marked on template to create holes.
making rain drops drops steps
7. To make rain drops, lay coloured beads over drop template and silicone paper.
8. Iron and melt as before. Allow to cool under book.
9. Trim drops to shape.
10. Pierce hole in top with needle. Notice yellow drop has two holes.
cloud mobile pieces
This part is very fiddly.
String mobile pieces together with your thread or fishing line. Tie knots as discretely as possible and trim ends close to knots. Make a loop at the top for easy hanging.
string mobile
All done! Hang and enjoy!
cloud mobile amimation
If you’ve used some translucent beads you get a nice stained glass effect when the light shines through. I think it looks super pretty.
cloud mobile backlit
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