I started out with (4) old charger plates that were silver. I want a mixture of silver and gold this year ,so I spray painted the silver chargers, gold. You can then spray a clear shiny or mat sealer on the charger. Alright, alright, I'll admit it, I really was just in too much of a hurry to see what these would look like and forgot to seal them!! Oh, the shame. Anyway, I bought 3 bags of the glass beads from the dollar store ( this was for 4 - 13" chargers). I bought mine at the Dollar Tree store . I already had a can of Krylon's Looking Glass Mirror Like spray paint, I mean, what spray paint fan doesn't have a can of this stuff on the shelf!
The next step is to lay a small square of paper towel in the bottom of a small plastic tray and arrange glass bead in it, flat side up/. My small plastic trays are the empty Caesar Dog Food containers. I save them after I feed Trey and use them for a variety of craft projects. A small styrofoam meat try would work jusas well. Or even a paper plate, well, you get the idea. The paper towel adsorbs the paint that lands in the tray ( not on a bead) and prevents it from getting on the top of the beads.
These beads have gotten 2 coats of the Mirror glass paint.
In this picture you can see the difference between a bead that has been painted and one that hasn't.
You can see right through the unpainted bead. But wait, here's one of those endless possibilities I mentioned. You might want the color of your charger to show through the bead. If you like that look, skip painting your beads!
Now imagine, painting your charger whatever color you wanted and then adding the bling. I also thought about gluing the beads first and then painting the charger. It would simply have a great textured edge.
I have since thought about making mirrored chargers by just buying 13 of 14" round mirrors and gluing the beads on those. As it stands, I spent $3.00 to make 4 of these. I'm pretty satisfied.
What do you think?