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« Reply #100 on: July 26, 2006 10:16:09 PM »

You know, I could tell it was cherries.
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« Reply #101 on: July 26, 2006 11:23:22 PM »

You know, I could tell it was cherries.

well thanks!!! lol.
i just wish it didnt look so grade 5. hahaah. it looks really immature i think. oh well. i am my own biggest critic Smiley
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« Reply #102 on: September 03, 2006 09:13:26 PM »

I stumbled across this thread because of the mention of http://www.letsgetup.com and the New Orleans Craft Mafia (of which I'm a member).  I actually used to make suncatchers occasionally when I was little out of melted Mardi Gras beads.  I agree about the smell though....it was pretty awful!  We tried it once in the regular oven, and then decided to utilize my sister's Easy Bake oven instead, which we set up outside for this experiment.  The only problem with an EZ bake oven is you can only do small suncatchers....no lampshades!  When I first saw the suncatcher jujus that Unique Products/Let's Get UP make, I remember thinking about all of those suncatchers I'd made long ago.

I've gotta admit though, I love it when the melted beads (especially leftover Mardi Gras beads, which anyone around this area usually has in abundance) are used to create beautiful lampshades.  Unique Products actually has the whole upstairs of this really cool store on Magazine Street in New Orleans called Winky's.....you walk up the stairs and it's all of these incredibly vibrant lampshades and other creations made out of melted, recycled Mardi Gras beads and other recycled stuff like old laundry detergent bottles.

I can't imagine having to go out to Michael's or something to buy enough plastic beads to make one of those....I've grown up always being able to find leftover plastic Mardi Gras beads.
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« Reply #103 on: September 26, 2006 06:47:48 AM »

I tried to do this a couple of weekends ago, and must not have used enough beads, because it quickly fell apart,  Sad. Didn't even make it over to the lamp.

But that won't keep me from trying again (after buying more beads). I think I'll stick to a simple suncatcher next time, though, to start.
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« Reply #104 on: September 26, 2006 07:16:55 AM »

I can't imagine having to go out to Michael's or something to buy enough plastic beads to make one of those....I've grown up always being able to find leftover plastic Mardi Gras beads.

I am SO jealous of you!  If you ever have to rid yourself of any... I have a craft room in Ohio that would love you to bits!!

I tried to do this a couple of weekends ago, and must not have used enough beads, because it quickly fell apart,  Sad. Didn't even make it over to the lamp.

But that won't keep me from trying again (after buying more beads). I think I'll stick to a simple suncatcher next time, though, to start.

Ut oh!  Do you have any pictures of the project "in progress"?  My shades are really solid!  You can catch a glimmer of a few small openings, but far from anything like lattice work that might crumble.

Maybe you can remelt/reuse the remnants of the dead shade?  Sad  I'm sorry it didn't work for you, but glad you're going to try again!
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« Reply #105 on: September 26, 2006 07:26:32 AM »

My husband (Kappy) found a place on-line where you can buy BIG Bags of pony beads and faceted plastic beads, separated by color, cheaper than Michael's, Joann's or Wal-Mart!  I'll try to find out where he got them.....he got a HUGE box of them!
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« Reply #106 on: September 26, 2006 07:30:09 AM »

Here's one site that is really inexpensive & have a vast array of colors....
http://www.candjcraft.com/beads/pony_beads.htm
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« Reply #107 on: September 26, 2006 07:32:28 AM »

Here's one site that is really inexpensive & have a vast array of colors....
http://www.candjcraft.com/beads/pony_beads.htm

YUP! That's where he got them!  Grin
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« Reply #108 on: September 26, 2006 07:33:57 AM »

Here's one site that is really inexpensive & have a vast array of colors....
http://www.candjcraft.com/beads/pony_beads.htm

YUP! That's where he got them!  Grin

That's awesome!

It is it wrong that I have a Favorites/Bookmarks folder on my IE called, "Melting Supplies"?  Tee hee!
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« Reply #109 on: October 03, 2006 07:43:16 PM »

HA!! I HAVE those EXACT lamps and they were like $8 at WALMART!! Awesome!! How fab!
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