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« on: July 09, 2006 12:30:13 PM »

This is an idea I have had bouncing around in my head, for a while now. After all of my experimenting, I was ready to try to execute the idea.

The first step was to bake all of the pieces. This piece required baking 4 separate pieces. Two bowls, a partial ring, and a disc.


Once all the parts had cooled, the first step was to use the blow torch to fuse the two bowls together. I thought that having a blue side and a green side would create an interesting aqua effect. Anyway, the bowls didn't fuse together perfectly, so there are lots of little gaps between them. So, it's not water tight.  Sad

Oh yeah, you can see where the bowls have an etched appearance, and do not appear glossy.


Once the bowls were fused, I used the blowtorch to go over the outsides of the bowls to shine them up. Just moving the torch quickly over the outside until the surface turned glossy, worked very well. I then proceeded to assemble the pieces together.

In another post, I talked about how using a blowtorch essentially turns the beads varying levels of gooey. With this in mind, I took the large plastic bead globs, which you typically get in the floral section of Michaels, and using a pair of pliers, I super heated one side of the bead until it was super gooey. When the bead is super gooey, you can press it firmly against other beads, and it will all melt together. So, I used this to connect the bowls to the ring, and the ring to the base.

Here are pictures from the finished product.




I want to mention one last thing about using the blowtorch. When the beads get really hot from the blowtorch, they tend to catch fire. When this happens, sometimes there are scorch marks, where soot from the burnt beads settles into the melted beads. Unfortunately, this doesn't buff out easily. If you look really closely, you will see some spots where there are burn marks. One of these days, I'll have it figured out.

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Kappy
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vina55a
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2006 12:48:07 PM »

Wow that is really pretty!
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Sonia
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2006 12:51:18 PM »

Wow how creative, that is a beautiful finished piece, I love the colors you used.  Smiley
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McJulie-O
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2006 01:07:30 PM »

Quite ingenioous! Such a collection of innovative ideas!
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« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2006 08:37:41 PM »

It reminds me of one of them old globes turned into a vase. I like it.

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« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2006 05:21:11 AM »

Thanks for the kind words, everyone.  Smiley

I am really enjoying experimenting and seeing what can be done with plastic beads. So far, out of the 10 or so pieces I have done, this is my favorite.

I need to start thinking about what to try next.  Grin

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« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2006 05:59:38 AM »

Thanks for the kind words, everyone.  Smiley

I am really enjoying experimenting and seeing what can be done with plastic beads. So far, out of the 10 or so pieces I have done, this is my favorite.

I need to start thinking about what to try next.  Grin

Kappy

Kappy,
Maybe you ought to consider working with glass. I think you would really enjoy it, and you would be really good at it.

Have no idea how much the initial investment is to start, but you already have a blowtorch!
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« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2006 06:25:25 AM »

Thanks for the kind words, everyone.  Smiley

I am really enjoying experimenting and seeing what can be done with plastic beads. So far, out of the 10 or so pieces I have done, this is my favorite.

I need to start thinking about what to try next.  Grin

Kappy

Kappy,
Maybe you ought to consider working with glass. I think you would really enjoy it, and you would be really good at it.

Have no idea how much the initial investment is to start, but you already have a blowtorch!


Atta girl McJulie-O! That is exactly the kind of thing I like to hear/read!!!

I have been attempting to talk him into getting a kiln and threatening to just buy one for months!  Cheesy I'm actually taking a glass fusing class and just put my name on the waiting list for kiln friendly studio space so I'll have a dedicated place to work on glass items. So I have been slowly working on him to see the infinite possibilities of glass.  Grin

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« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2006 07:12:50 AM »

Kappy,
I PROMISE I am neither in the pay of, nor under the mind control of PinkyK.... Smiley

That being said, The more I look at your vase here, the more I think you would be satisfied with a more durable, less flammable  Roll Eyes medium. Glass offers those options as well as the glorious colors that plastic beads can only hope for.

Just imagine the structural possibilities! Your vase shows such imagination and suggests such strength....just think what it would be like in glass!

And from what PinkyK says, it sounds like there is a community of glassworkers nearby that you could easily tap into. Go for it, sir! I, for one, look forward to what you will try next!!!
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« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2006 10:23:05 AM »

You are one amazing, persistant dude!  I cannot wait to see what you come up with next!  I too think you should try the glass.
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