Yup, I jumped on this bandwagon over the weekend. I used this tutorial from Jen Chapin to make my own enamel dots from perler beads.
Please excuse the iPhone photos, but I wanted to share my results.
This is the bucket I found at Michaels. It was $14.99 regular price, but I used a 50% off coupon - which meant 11,000 perler beads for just $7.50.
Like Jen, I just preheated my oven to 325 and baked them for 30 minutes.
I also cut some in half and made mini dots. If you use a sharp X-Acto style knife blade, they cut SUPER easy.
Here's a comparison between the regular sized dots and the ones from a half bead. (Ring to show sizing).
Finally, Brad suggested I try making "Mickey" dots.
The trouble with these is with the black beads - the black ones even after about 37 minutes still had dimples in them. I'm going to try an all black batch soon, on 350 for 20 minutes (suggested by a follower on Instagram) and see if that works. But all the other colors came out perfect :)
And if you really want to see/hear them on video - I've got one on my Instagram here. Just for fun :)
I had been hesitant to try this process because a) I thought it would be difficult and b) I was worried they would smell but I have to assure you - super easy, and no smell/fumes at all. It takes a little time to line them up on your cookie sheet but beyond that, it really is so easy. I rolled 3 trays through the oven - alternating them so I wasn't doing one sheet for 30, another sheet for 30, etc. I would start one, put another in, move that to the top when the first came out, and then put a third sheet in. Less time running the oven and they still melt in the same amount of time even if they start on the bottom rack.
I made a ton of these, in both the regular and small sizes, so I'll be set for awhile, and I didn't even make a dent really in my huge bucket of beads.