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« Reply #40 on: March 21, 2007 06:44:01 AM »

I haven't torched at all, but would be interested to hear of those who have/have tried!  I believe PinkyK's hubby uses a torch to regain the shine to their pieces, but I don't know/remember if he's tried all out melting with one.

Seed beads are glass or plastic... the ones I have in bulk are plastic and then I have some glass ones I use for jewelry pieces 'cause they are so shiny & lovely.

I'm so excited someone else is going to venture into melting!! Grin
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« Reply #41 on: March 21, 2007 06:44:48 AM »

the  torch  gets  very  hot  ina  very  concentrated  area.....  but  hey  try adn  report  back  your  findings.
PinkyK  and  her  hubby have a HUGE  melted bead thing  going  it  you can  look her  up   and  read  thru..... they have  tried and  tested  a  bunch!!!
and  I  have seen more  plastic seed beads  than  glass... I think it  depends  on where  you shop.
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« Reply #42 on: March 21, 2007 06:47:38 AM »

Here's one of Kappy's (PinkyK's hubby) threads - at the end of the first post he mentions the beads will catch fire with the torch if too hot - careful!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=106165.msg1009174#msg1009174
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« Reply #43 on: March 21, 2007 06:48:33 AM »

Here are some more torch-capades: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=105575.0 Cheesy
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« Reply #44 on: March 21, 2007 08:10:15 AM »

Well, after posting I read through the entire 36 pages.  Wow.  Wow wow.... 

Amazing work you all!

As for the seed beads...  I usually only use size 11 seed beads.  I've never seen them in plastic...  weird.  Never even thought about it!  I just assumed they are ALL glass because in all my travels I hadn't seen them in plastic. 

I was even thinking on the torching process...  perhaps heating the bottom of the pan with the torch on a lower setting would produce the correct amount of heat?

And could the slab'o'plastic be scored immediately after being taken out of the oven to fascilitate the bracelets?  Just wonderin.  Haven't done any of this yet, but as soon as I get that toaster oven, I'm gonna do it.  I rent, so it wouldn't be a good idea to mess up the oven *lol*

And birds don't have lungs the same as humans (or so I've read and been told).  THat's why they are so much more sensitive to fumes and such. 

Great idea to the person who came up with it (after reading 36 pages, I have trouble remembering exactly who she was). 
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« Reply #45 on: August 23, 2007 11:06:10 PM »

omg!!! how have i missed these? i've seen some of your melting but i missed some. i love this. the colors are really pretty.
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« Reply #46 on: August 24, 2007 05:05:02 AM »

Cheesy  Thanks!  This was one of my first "meltings" Cheesy
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« Reply #47 on: November 25, 2007 08:00:36 AM »

I am interested in doing a melted bead project into a bowl shape, I've read the tutorials but I'm a little unsure about one thing: do I melt the beads in bowl in the oven, or do I melt it flat and then put it ina bowl after it cools and let it shape? and how do I do the record bowl?
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« Reply #48 on: November 27, 2007 07:31:47 AM »

I am interested in doing a melted bead project into a bowl shape, I've read the tutorials but I'm a little unsure about one thing: do I melt the beads in bowl in the oven, or do I melt it flat and then put it ina bowl after it cools and let it shape? and how do I do the record bowl?

Actually, both methods you've mentioned work just fine. Smiley  If you melt the beads directly in a bowl, it usually turns out to be quite shallow as you can only stack beads so high before they topple.

Here are some record bowl tutorials for you Smiley
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=82457.0
http://alceria.net/recordbowl/
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« Reply #49 on: September 03, 2009 04:52:14 AM »

This is absolutely amazing! I'm so trying this today! I have a ton of beads and I think I have that same bowl too! That is just too cool! great job!  Smiley
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