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« on: July 06, 2006 06:11:40 PM »

Hey All,

Its been a while since I have posted anything, but that doesn't mean that I have been idle. I have been experimenting with manipulating melted beads with a blowtorch. Surprisingly, it works better than I first reported. It's kind of neat, using the blowtorch on beads, the beads get soft, then gooey, then liquid, and if you aren't careful, they also catch fire. Gooey is really cool to work with, because you can connect pieces together and bend them, when they are gooey.

Example 1

This is a sculpture which I made from several different parts. Mostly, I was goofing around seeing what I could do. No cool color schemes or anything. Each of the parts were melted together separately in the oven. The forms were simply folded aluminum foil.



Then using the blowtorch, I attached five of the long bead sticks to the round base.


After that, I placed the base with the sticks over an Arizona Tea Can, and applied the blowtorch gently to the base, and let the sticks droop down. Then I cut up the remaining sticks, and using the blowtorch, attached them to the sculpture. Once everything cooled, I removed the can, and voila.




Example 2

This was an attempt at making a dish. What I did was create a form out of aluminum foil. The shape is roughly like an Iron Cross. In a way, I wish I had measured things out more accurately, but then again, I was really goofing around.



After cooking the beads, I let them cool, and removed the foil. Then I took everything outside, and applied the trusty old blowtorch. Using the edge of a shelf on my gas grill as a straight edge, I applied the torch (in quick back and forth motions) to the piece to get one side of the cross to droop. I then repeated the process for each of the other sides. When all of the sides had drooped, I then used the blowtorch to heat up the seams, and tried to get them to melt together. Because the measurements were a little off, things didn't come together quite right.



I hope that you enjoyed these projects...

Kappy
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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2006 06:21:05 PM »

wow! are the beads plastic or glass? (I'm assuming plastic, but what do I know?) those are really stunning looking.
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« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2006 06:53:00 PM »

They are plastic beads. the cheapest of the cheap plastic beads too...pony beads, jumbo bags of plastic faceted beads, what ever is cheap and plastic.

Glass won't melt without a kiln.  I put my name on a waiting list for studio spacetoday so we can get a kiln and melt glass!
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« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2006 11:28:03 PM »

That is excellent and i ABSOLUTELY ADORE  the dish!! I think you could make a fortune out of your designs - well done Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2006 11:33:22 PM »

Those are very pretty!

How are the fumes now that you're doing some of the work outside?  Is it just as bad?
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« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2006 04:37:25 AM »

Jenna,

Surprisingly, the fumes outside, while using the blowtorch, aren't that bad. This is probably because you have to keep the blowtorch moving and you aren't heating the whole thing, so you aren't getting fumes from the entire piece like you would when its in the oven.

In the meantime, I think I might try to refine the process of making the dish, and maybe try to use different colors for each of the sides. I also have this crazy idea for a vase, which will involve a lot of beads and a lot of work with the blowtorch.  Wink

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« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2006 09:02:49 AM »

I think you could make a fortune out of your designs - well done Smiley

That was EXACTLY my reaction! Let's get that web page up and running and sell these babies!
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« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2006 09:17:50 AM »

Kappy, I'm wondering if you'd be able to twist your "sticks", and make something similar to those acrylic "wind twisters".  Would be cool to try!
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« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2006 12:39:59 AM »

so taht's really just tin foil? and it worked and everything?

ahhh i need to stop finding awesome melted bead things, my house trailer really hasn't got the best ventilation system, and i don't want to poison my poor cats.
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« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2006 08:56:33 PM »

I am so excited about this craft i am going to try it tomarrow!!!!!!!!!!!! i am going to try to make a brooch thingy!!!! Wish me luck.   Grin such a great idea Grin
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