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« Reply #40 on: August 09, 2006 03:50:18 PM »

mann. now i realy wish i saved my HUMUNGOUS pony bead box when i was obsesed with bead buddies.
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« Reply #41 on: August 09, 2006 04:01:39 PM »

I thought I'd throw in my two cents worth - Here's what I tried. Maybe I'll try some more again someday.
A flower brooch - 2 flowers for earrings and a kind of sad cross....

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« Reply #42 on: August 09, 2006 04:58:11 PM »

Those are cool Kaleesi, they look like flat glass marbles.  Sitting here wondering if my toaster oven would get hot enough to use out on my deck or something.  Hmmmmmmmmm..........
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« Reply #43 on: August 10, 2006 04:48:40 AM »

Those look great. Are the pins holding in place, pretty well?

As for using a toaster oven, CraftyGram has used a toaster oven for melting beads. She said it works pretty well. Problem is that you are limited to the size of your project by the size of the toaster over.

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« Reply #44 on: August 10, 2006 05:24:22 AM »

Those look great. Are the pins holding in place, pretty well?
Yes, used jewelry glue. Those long straight things you see are head pins i stuck thru the beads before I melted them to make earrings which worked really well too except you can see them thru the beads Sad
but I like the clear beads more than the opaque ones. oh well
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« Reply #45 on: August 16, 2006 07:26:59 AM »

hummm this forum is dangerous....sooo many new crafts I just have to try.
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« Reply #46 on: August 17, 2006 05:20:35 PM »

hummm this forum is dangerous....sooo many new crafts I just have to try.


I know, it is soooo additive  Cheesy .  I remember years ago, early 80's I did a kit that was with melted beads, placed them on some kind of plastic mesh canvas which held the beads in place.  Made a few ornaments from it.  When I saw  Roll Eyes this thread it brought back memories.
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« Reply #47 on: August 18, 2006 06:55:52 AM »

Hopefully this weekend, I will be able to do some long over due bead melting. Since, PinkyK has finally opened an Etsy Story, I was thinking about trying to do some 8" Vases for the store.

I'll be sure to post some pictures...

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« Reply #48 on: August 20, 2006 06:03:04 AM »

Saturday, I went a little overboard experimenting and playing around with Tulip Vases. For Christmas, someone got me the Wilton Wedding Cake Pan set. I thought that the 4 different sized pans might make for some good experimentation on different sized vases.

I wish the craft stores and WalMart carried a better selection of beads. The color palette to choose from is pretty pitiful. I did find, on the web, a place that you can buy pony beads by the thousand in specific colors. I might have to order some. http://www.candjcraft.com/beads/pony_beads.htm

I learned a few things. The first is that the larger the piece, the less evenly the piece droops. Being a stickler for symmetry, I was really bummed. On the largest piece, one of the sides of the vase came out about 1.5 inches longer than the rest.

Next, I learned that doing 4 pieces at once emits a lot more fumes than one piece at a time. Heheheh. The Hood and the Air Purifier couldn't keep up. *cough* *cough*

Lastly, I determined that the Tulip vases are fairly safe to use with tea candles. I let a tea candle burn for 20 - 30 minutes and tested the sides for heat and melting. So long as the candle is in the middle, things seemed to work pretty well. The majority of the heat is straight up from the flame.

Here are some pictures of the vases and votives:





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« Reply #49 on: August 20, 2006 06:12:26 AM »

Those are cool, Kappy!

I like the shorter ones, how they are symmetrical.  Tres' cool.
They look like little nut and candy dishes!
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