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« Reply #20 on: November 25, 2006 12:35:27 PM »

I love your melted bead idea!  A few questions though?  When placing the beads in a bowl, do you lay them flat so you can see the hole in the middle or do you try to rest the beads on their sides?  Also can you melt them for too long?  I have had mine in for about 20 minutes, but the ones in the bottom don't look quite done yet.  I don't want to "overcook" them.  Thanks! 
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« Reply #21 on: November 25, 2006 02:59:15 PM »

I love your melted bead idea!  A few questions though?  When placing the beads in a bowl, do you lay them flat so you can see the hole in the middle or do you try to rest the beads on their sides?  Also can you melt them for too long?  I have had mine in for about 20 minutes, but the ones in the bottom don't look quite done yet.  I don't want to "overcook" them.  Thanks! 


I've laid mine flat & upward... it's personal preference I think.  When I did this bowl, I think I laid them flat because I was lining them up the side of the bowl as far as I could & didn't want them to tumble.  Now, I make mine on flat foil & mold them to a bowl after it cooks flat, so it doesn't matter as much.

I don't think you can melt them for too long (or, at least, I never have!).  The longer they melt, the more fluid they become.  They will literally melt all the way down to a gooey mess with no bead shape(s) left, if you let them.
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« Reply #22 on: November 28, 2006 05:41:16 AM »

I just LOVE you bead creations!  How Cool!  Maybe I missed this...but what temp. do you put them on?  I can see how addicting this can become!
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« Reply #23 on: November 28, 2006 05:47:38 AM »

great  bowls!!!
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« Reply #24 on: November 28, 2006 07:50:07 AM »

I just LOVE you bead creations!  How Cool!  Maybe I missed this...but what temp. do you put them on?  I can see how addicting this can become!

Aw.. thanks!!

I'm not sure if I included the temperature in this post or not.  It depends on the day & what I'm melting & how much time I have.. Smiley  Usually from 275 - 375.  Obviously, the hotter the temp, the faster they will melt, but the fumes will also be stronger because they don't have as much time to dissipate.
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« Reply #25 on: January 05, 2007 02:18:56 AM »

I know this thread is WAY old, but I wa sjust wondering if maybe a little tute could be put in here?? I REALLY want to try this but am kinda confused! lol!!
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« Reply #26 on: January 05, 2007 04:40:14 AM »

I know this thread is WAY old, but I wa sjust wondering if maybe a little tute could be put in here?? I REALLY want to try this but am kinda confused! lol!!

hehe... Smiley

It's SUPER simple!  Smiley  Basically, I lined the metal mixing bowl with beads (as far up the sides as I could go without them toppling down) and then I baked them.  I don't recall the exact temperature, but anywhere between 275 - 375 will work fine.  Keep an eye on them, but don't open the door too much because baking beads causes lots of fumes. Lips sealed  Once they have melted together as much as you like, then remove them from the oven to cool.  Once the bowl has cooled enough it will release the melted bead bowl.  If you are nearby you can actually hear the snap, crackle & pop as the beads cool. Wink
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« Reply #27 on: January 05, 2007 11:45:34 AM »

I have to try this!! any specific type of bead? or just anything plastic??
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« Reply #28 on: January 05, 2007 11:56:05 AM »

I have to try this!! any specific type of bead? or just anything plastic??

For this one I used stackable, triangular beads often used in children's bracelets or to make candy cane ornaments. Cheesy  Like these: http://www.kid-web.co.uk/tris6.shtml

You can use pony beads, multi-facet round beads, mardi gras necklaces or plastic "chunks" sold at craft stores.  I've used lots of different beads & the only ones that won't really melt (I'm sure they would eventually) are seed beads or other tiny beads.
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« Reply #29 on: January 05, 2007 12:52:25 PM »

It really depends on the effect you are trying to create.  For an art glass effect use see through colored beads. For a more opaque look use well....um....opaque beads.  Or you could mix them up just to see what you come up with!
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