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« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2006 06:41:44 PM »

I am so intrigued with these lovely bowls!!  Each one has turned out so unique and lovely!!  Seems like everyone is jumping on the bandwagon--no wonder--they are so unique!!

I am going to watch as you guys "perfect" the technique, then I will be brave enough to try it!! hee hee
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« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2006 06:44:53 PM »

I am so intrigued with these lovely bowls!!  Each one has turned out so unique and lovely!!  Seems like everyone is jumping on the bandwagon--no wonder--they are so unique!!

I am going to watch as you guys "perfect" the technique, then I will be brave enough to try it!! hee hee

LOL!  That's so funny!  Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: June 16, 2006 04:47:55 AM »

Wow those are awesome I'm going to have to try this
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« Reply #13 on: June 16, 2006 05:08:09 PM »

So we just re-melted the smaller thicker one on a flat piece of foil then wrapped it around a bowl while it was still hot.  We wanted it to be more bowl like.  It turned out cool but I kind of liked some of the chunkiness and now there is hardly any chunkiness left.  We also have some foil folded into the bowl that we are having trouble getting out. I see tweezers in our future! We decided we need to find a happy medium where we get a bowl but retain some of the bead chunks.

If you read this thread http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=16739653.0 you'll see that my whole family is now into this! My husband (Kappy) and my mom (craftygram) have both posted in that thread!  My mom.....who I THOUGHT would be anti-bead melting because she's a stained glass artist is in fact going to the craft store on the corner to buy "those cheap plastic beads." My dad is even psyched because he thinks, after a post work discussion based on the posts on the other page involving a blow torch, that this craft may just involve a blow torch!

Oh ya, we are one crafty family!  It's a good thing we live about 300 miles apart or we'd be dangerous!!
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« Reply #14 on: June 16, 2006 05:56:21 PM »

This is so cool!
I really want to try this out!
This may sound stupid, but I'm just wondering if the beads stick to the bowl, or how does it work?
Any advice on making these?

Great designs!
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« Reply #15 on: June 16, 2006 06:07:53 PM »

This is so cool!
I really want to try this out!
This may sound stupid, but I'm just wondering if the beads stick to the bowl, or how does it work?
Any advice on making these?

Great designs!

Ours did not stick but we are having a bit of trouble with the aluminium foil we used the second time we melted the thicker of our two bowls. There are a few bits of it left but I think if we pick at it maybe use some tweezers we will be able to get it off. Heck, if not we just put it in the oven again melt it again and pick out the foil while it is all gooey!  OOOORRR....... maybe mix it into the goo and have a little sparkle.... hmmmm now there's an idea!

There are all kinds of tips in these threads:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=16739653.0

Here's a lamp shade with lots of melting beads tips:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=16740688.0

And this one is just plain AWESOME! Starry Starry Night in melted beads!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=16741431.0

Sweets4ever is a master in melted beads!
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« Reply #16 on: June 16, 2006 08:23:50 PM »

PinkyK thank you SO much for posting those threads!!  Smiley  I was just going to hunt down all the links, and now I don't have to!  Woot!

If you use metal or glass, there shouldnt be a problem with removing the finished piece - once it cools.  The beads retract as they cool & the bowl should "pop" free from the mold bowl.

I used foil when I did the lampshade & had to peel some of the foil off with tweezers in a few places, because when I molded it to the original dome shade, it creased & folded some of my bead creation.  It wasn't a horribly big problem, but it was a little annoying.  Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: June 17, 2006 03:11:05 AM »

Here's a new one... Smiley
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=16741569.0
Coasters.  Wink
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« Reply #18 on: June 19, 2006 10:32:06 AM »

I am a fan of yours and just drooled on my computer over those coasters! (and I am not even a coaster person!!)

I am going to have to hook up my old stove in the garage, open all the windows and doors and take a stab at this!!  You guys are having WAY too much fun not to join in  Cheesy
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« Reply #19 on: June 28, 2006 10:30:52 AM »

I am a fan of yours and just drooled on my computer over those coasters! (and I am not even a coaster person!!)

I am going to have to hook up my old stove in the garage, open all the windows and doors and take a stab at this!!  You guys are having WAY too much fun not to join in  Cheesy

Ahh.. thanks!!  Smiley  I like the coasters!  We have coasters... but the room they are in we hardly ever even go in.  LOL, so I guess it's more of decoration than anything.

Did you make anything yet?  I wanna see!

Here are a few more misc. things... a little tin, a spoon holder & a suncatcher:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=16743679.0
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