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« 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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« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2006 11:51:54 PM »

Sweet! I will have to try that Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2006 12:01:49 AM »

Dang, thats cool!  Hehe!  I was just looking at some of those beads in the store, the other day, thinking about how many of them I had at home, and wondering what I could do with them!   Grin
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« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2006 12:18:54 AM »

Thanks guys!  Smiley  I have so many random beads in my craft room... I'm gonna melt everything!  Hehehe.. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2006 06:01:42 AM »

i like the way you use triangle shaped beads (I saw those too, they were on a different asle then the circular ones) They look waaaaaay easier to stack to make designs!! I love it..

I'm an impatient crafter though... Hopefully I can't wait long enough for it to make. Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2006 07:27:11 AM »

i like the way you use triangle shaped beads (I saw those too, they were on a different asle then the circular ones) They look waaaaaay easier to stack to make designs!! I love it..

I'm an impatient crafter though... Hopefully I can't wait long enough for it to make. Cheesy

Thanks!  All my triangle beads were inherited from my gramma's craft stash when she passed away quite a few years ago.  She was the queen of crafting... I think I'm making her proud, hehe!  Smiley  They ARE easier to stack; they fit like little puzzle pieces up the side of the bowl.

I'm trying to make a lamp shade right now... it's baking!!

I don't think I am going to do any work today, I'm too excited about beading.  I'm gonna have to make a bead run at some point in time...I definitely prefer the translucent beads to solid colors (thus far).
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« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2006 03:02:55 PM »

Here's the lampshade... Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2006 05:12:57 PM »

Got two bowls cooling!

Muhahahahahahah

One I used BIG 'ol chunky things meant for flora arrangements.  The other I used normal small faceted plastic beads...$1.96 a bag at WalMart.

Once they are cooled I'll post pictures.
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« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2006 06:12:30 PM »

Here are my bead bowls!

For the first one I used a small bowl and these crazy plastic chunks:


Here are the globs in the bowl just out of the oven:


But in the end it turned out REALLY cool!  I'm going to use it as a candy dish in my cube!
 
 
Here's another view....you can really see how thick it is in this view.


On the second one I used small generic faceted beads.


Here it is in the bowl:


Here's the finished product!   I think it will make a really cool serving dish.


It came out REALLY pretty but not as deep as I would have liked. 

If any of you have any tips for making the beads stay on the walls so it will come out to be more like a bowl, I'd LOVE to hear them!

I have enough beads to make some for friends and I bought three metal "bowls" in a set at WalMart this afternoon so I'm all set for bead melting!

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« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2006 06:28:14 PM »

Ahhh!!  SO pretty!  Those colored chunks are neat-o!

I've kind of abandoned using the metal bowl idea because I couldn't get them to stay up on the sides.  I'm using the technique that I do on the lampshade, which is to use a flat, round pie pan, then transfer to a metal or plastic bowl very quickly as a final mold.
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