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731  Re: the melted bead bowl in Beads: Completed Projects by sweets4ever on: June 16, 2006 10:30:23 AM
Here's my new experiment!  Smiley  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=16741431.0

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732  More melted bead goodness! Starry Night ;) in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by sweets4ever on: June 16, 2006 10:23:11 AM
Just when you thought you couldn't possible see another post about melted beads, bowls, lampshades, etc. - I did another one!  Smiley

I did this yesterday morning as a gift for my boy... Smiley  I still have to drill out holes in the upper corners, so it can hang from a window, on a wall, etc., but it's basically done.  Smiley
OH!  And the stars glow in the dark, but I forgot to take it to a dark room to check it out just yet...so not sure how that looks.  Sounds neat though... Smiley

Thanks for lookin'!  Grin

Some misc. pictures...

All beaded & good to go.  Smiley

Good bye sweet beads...

With a wall as a backdrop... Smiley  Flash on!

Flash off!

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733  Re: Melted beads = stain glass-esque lamp shade in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by sweets4ever on: June 14, 2006 12:40:51 PM
So......I have been lurking this thread because I think it is way cool but since my mom is a stained glass artist I figured if I made a faux stained glass lampshade upon sight of it, she would freeze dead in her tracks and accuse me of heresay!   Wink

Sooooooooooo today I ran into Joann's at lunch to get googly eyes and froze dead in my tracks in front of the pony beads! There they were soooo many of them in so many colors and I have an unused 40% off coupon about to expire!!

So now I'm thinking this would be a good project for my office lamps or maybe for the guest room. But basically......I'm sucked in.....sucked into another crafting project! But not until I finish a bunch of stuff that I HAVE to get done this weekend!

One question though......does light shine through the opaque aka the less sparkly beads?

Your family is so artistic and crafty... will your mom adopt me?  Maybe some of it will rub off on me & I'll be in crafty heaven!

Considering that your my swap partner right now, it's okay to be sucked in... hehe!  Smiley

The light does shine through, but not nearly as much.  It's also dependant upon how long you let the beads melt.  If you don't let them melt as long as I did, you can actually leave gaps where no beads are at all, thus more light.  Smiley  I liked them super melted though, because I thought it gave the illusion of stained glass more so than if it was lattice-y.  Here's probably the best shot where you can see the comparison of light vs. less light/opaque vs. solid beads.

Also, if you use the smaller pony beads & the piece was thinner, I'm sure it would shine more.  Personally.. I love, love, love the transparent red beads.  I'll definitely being buying more of those for the next projects (which have compiled a freaking LIST now, eek!).  Smiley
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734  Re: Melted beads = stain glass-esque lamp shade in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by sweets4ever on: June 13, 2006 07:30:45 AM
That's so awesome regansbox!  I totally should plug his/their page too... 'cause there's lots of goods on there.  It's linked through the HGTV page, but here's a link as well http://www.letsgetup.com/

I have to work today Sad  (since I spent yesterday goofin' off & crafty...hehe...) But I hope to be done with work by the afternoon, to go shopping for beads & play around with some new ideas.  I had a dream about a shade (is that sad or what?) that I drew out when I woke up, so it wouldn't fade away...and I'm dying to try it.

That is so hilarious that you dreamed about a lampshade.  I went to sleep thinking about my lampshade design that I plan on making within the next few days.  I'll post it whenever I get it done. 
Is the lampshade fragile feeling after it's cooled?
Do you think those silicone oven mits would melt on the plastic?

It's a sign of addiction I think! Wink

It's not fragile at all, but I think it depends on how tight you pack the beads in your design, the type of beads, and how long you let them melt.  The longer you let them melt, the more they lose their "lattice" effect in the pan.  Since these were pony beads, even though I let them melt basically flat as they could (the yellow & white did, at least), they still kept a pretty thick consistency.  The red didn't melt as much, so there are some spots that have lil holes where the light shines through, but overall, it's pretty tough.  I could toss it on the ground & it wouldn't break... Smiley  If I stomped on it, it would break.  (laugh!)

I took some more pix Smiley

I owed yas pix of the fixture ring thingie.  I keep the bulb from actually touching the shade.  No problems with it melting or getting too hot (as of yet! woot!)

Here's one to show a general thickness.  It varies all over, but it looks generally one $0.25 to two $0.25s thick.  Smiley  So translate that into pony bead hardness, it's pretty sturdy.
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735  Re: the melted bead bowl in Beads: Completed Projects by sweets4ever on: June 12, 2006 03:05:59 PM
Okies... here's my lampshade.  Smiley

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736  Re: Melted beads = stain glass-esque lamp shade in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by sweets4ever on: June 12, 2006 01:34:49 PM
More pix...
All beaded & ready to bake!

15 mins in @ 350, things are gettin' mushy...

Half-hour or so in...

45 mins (?)... is that creamed corn?...
(I had to dremel the center hole out once it cooled, 'cause it closed a tad too much Wink)

The old shade is good for something finally...a mold for the new shade...

Glittery beads rule my world...

Added more pix on Page 4:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=100703.msg955821#msg955821
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737  Melted beads = stain glass-esque lamp shade in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by sweets4ever on: June 12, 2006 01:33:44 PM
We have all of these ugly floor lamps.  I have no idea why/where they came from, but I think we have 4 or 5 of them that aren't being used & are randomly stored in closets - I think they breed like gremlins after midnight.  Wink  So with lots of beads, aluminum foil, a round cookie sheet, and the oven...here's a new shade for one of them.  Smiley

I'm off to buy more beads, because these colors don't really match anything, I just wanted to goof around... Smiley  I hope to make a blue/green and maybe a red/purple this week.  I suppose it depends on the bead selection/sales.

The original is on the left (I hope that's obvious...hehe).


Off its base/bottom view...

Off its base/top view...

See next post for more images/info...

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738  Re: the melted bead bowl in Beads: Completed Projects by sweets4ever on: June 11, 2006 11:26:00 PM
K.. I posted mine here... http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=16740604.0

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739  Bowl o' melted beads :) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by sweets4ever on: June 11, 2006 11:25:19 PM
Here's my version of tiffe1023's melted bead bowl!  Lots of fun, lots of toxic fumes... lol... Wink

I used a 2 1/2 cup metal mixing bowl (5 1/2").
It took quite a bit of time to bake...rather than 15 minutes, I think it may have taken closer to 45 - 60 mins.
I used a wooden shiskabob skewer to flatten down some of the "points" on the top periodically during baking, so the top isn't as sharp.  Smiley

I used triangular beads & threw in some seed beads.

Originally I set it up to have a glass bead in the center, but after the first baking it popped out. Sad  So I slapped some green beads in its place & rebaked. Smiley

Before it was baked...

Cooling... see how far the sides melted down?  Geezie!


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740  Re: Vintage Veil: What is the deal with this headpiece? in Weddings and Bridal Showers by sweets4ever on: June 11, 2006 11:06:51 PM
Lots of brides wear it under their hair, so I think it would be fine to pull some up through the center Smiley

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