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Topic: Melted bead windchime/suncatcher Texas style y'all!  (Read 15344 times)
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« on: July 21, 2006 07:58:08 AM »

I've been playing with the melted beads like so many others and in my experiments, I came up with this.  The windchime/suncatcher was inspired by another crafter, but the design was all mine.

To make shapes more crisp and angular (which is very hard to do with round beads I used metal cookie cutters to melt the beads in.  I just put foil across the bottom and sort of molded it to the sides so it wouldn't let any melty bead goo to ooze out.

For something different I also smashed some colored beads with a hammer to get smaller pieces that I sprinkled on the top of the beads in the cutters.

Heat 500 degrees for 20 minutes.  Let cool for about 20 minutes (or until the popping stops) then remove foil and spread gently at sides of cookie cutter to unmold finished shapes.

I sanded the edges to get them a little less sharp, with a Dremel and drilled holes in the tops of the shapes.  I had an old Christmas cookie tin lid that I painted and drilled holes in and then I strung up the shapes to form the final product.

« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2006 08:06:56 AM »

thats awesome! im going to have to try something like that!


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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2006 08:27:50 AM »

omg i love that so much!!! how did you make those shapes? i love the texas one!

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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2006 08:32:22 AM »

I love how this technique has evolved!
I've got a monsterous collection of cookie cutters, I'm going to give this a try! Thanks for posting!!

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« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2006 09:18:14 AM »

I so love the stars, very pretty.

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« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2006 09:37:33 AM »

That is the best melted bead project that I have seen so far.

I love the stars and I love that it is a suncatcher/widchime!

« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2006 06:30:10 AM »

Really beautiful.You could even drill holes in the bottom of the shape and hang more beads to dangle and add even more interest.Cool!
« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2006 08:22:11 AM »

Thanks for the compliments!  I'm working on some other Texas designs and...I'm working on a big project, but shhhh! Don't tell anyone.  I'll post pics when I get it done.

omg i love that so much!!! how did you make those shapes? i love the texas one!

I used metal cookie cutters that I have collected.  Just wrap them in foil so the bead goo doesn't ooze out the bottom too much.   Wink

Really beautiful.You could even drill holes in the bottom of the shape and hang more beads to dangle and add even more interest.Cool!

What a good idea!  I hadn't even thought of attaching anything to the bottom of the pieces.  Off to do some drillin'!  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2006 04:35:02 PM »

im doing my first ever melted bead project/experiment right now... its pretty exciting/nervewracking/smelly.... this is such an inspiration. after some more practice, i might try something like this!! awesome Smiley thanks for the idea Cheesy

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« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2006 06:13:41 PM »

I love it! I especially love that you smashed the beads to make small chunks! I might have to try that!

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