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« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2006 02:54:15 PM »

Thanks for creating a spot to repost some crafts. Unfortunately, nothing new from me, been trying to cobble together an entry for the craft challenge. Muahahaha. 

Anyway, here we go, hopefully in chronological order.

This was an attempt to try to do a picture. I figured attempting the Florida State University Seminole Head would be a good start:


Then I got this idea for a crazy vase:


The colors for the next project weren't that great, but I liked the shape:


This next one, I wanted to try using a form to make a shape with details. It's the Florida State University Spear Head:


Then, I wanted to try to make a square dish. I wish I would have measured more accurately:


This one, I really just wanted to see what you could do with a blow torch, as far as melting, shaping, and and binding:



Finally, my last project was this crazy vase, which involved lots of beads, melting, and using a blow torch (Muahaha):


I have a couple of other ideas that I want to try. Hopefully, sometime in the next few weeks, I will be back to melting beads.

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« Reply #11 on: July 29, 2006 06:04:15 AM »

I tried to use the one Kappy used the blow torch on...... the one with the multi colored strips..... as a toothbrush holder but the toothbrushes kept sliding out the bottom. I also tried to use it as a hairbrush holder.....same problem.   It needs a lip around the bottom and then it would be a GREAT toothbrush holder! 

Here are my bead creations..... they pale in comparison to Kappy's. However, I really do like the angry attacking starfish!

My crazy starfish:


I used super chunky pieces of plastic for this one:



Here is my first project:
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« Reply #12 on: July 29, 2006 06:17:04 AM »

Okay, so we have an angry starfish AND a peaceful jellyfish...now we need an octopus!  Anyone?  Tongue  A nice purple octopus would be SO fun, and the beads would make great tentacles... wish I could make one RIGHT NOW, but my daugthers 3rd b-day party is in a few hours, and I am desperately finishing cooking and crafting for that!  Maybe tonight...muhahaha (I stole Kappy's mad scientist laughter!)

Loving everyone's posts!  Keep 'em coming!

P.S.  PinkyK, The multi colored one would look fantastic as a sleeve for a skinny vase...then you could put your toothbrushes in it!  Or pens, flowers. whatever strikes you...What about a nice, thin bud vase? 
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« Reply #13 on: July 29, 2006 07:27:18 AM »

This was supposed to be cthulhu, but it looks more like a pissed off octopus to me.  :X  This is the only pic I have of it because I did this one like a month ago, but it's a platter.



and while I'm at it, here's the first melted bead bowl I did.  My star went a bit wonky!

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« Reply #14 on: August 01, 2006 05:33:11 PM »

I found glow-in-the-dark pony beads, so I had to make a ghost!  Cheesy

I melted the beads in a round pan, with some solid black beads for eyes:



I then remelted the disk over an upside-down metal cup, which resulted in my flat-topped buddy here:



However, there was some structural failure in the back, where some of the beads began to separate. It wasn't bad enough to be a real problem, though. I just think of him as being "raggedy."



Best of all, my boyfriend's camera was sensitive enough to record him glowing in the dark!


(Note: I did use Photoshop to enhance the photo a bit -- the glow-in-the-dark beads aren't that bright.)
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« Reply #15 on: August 01, 2006 05:36:55 PM »

Yippee! Haunted beads!  They would get a little ticked off from being melted like this!  Great job, I love how you are making little characters and creatures.  We still need someone to make a purple octopus... Tongue
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« Reply #16 on: August 01, 2006 06:13:51 PM »

Has anyone tried lite bright pegs?
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« Reply #17 on: August 02, 2006 03:28:18 PM »

Nice execution on the Ghost. Very Cool.

Hmmm. Can't imagine why Lite Bright pegs shouldn't work. Might be able to get some cool star designs. Only thing is that they are more expensive than pony beads.  Tongue

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« Reply #18 on: August 02, 2006 03:53:06 PM »

This butterfly was for my 3 year old daughter's birthday:

I took a piece of HEAVY wire, molded it into a body and antennae (just the torso, not the wings) for the butterfly first (ala Kappy's style)
Then, beaded all around it.
Before:

Yes, I did move a few of the beads before I baked it...can't keep my hands off 'til the oven is ready!

AFTER:


Flying away in the window (where she will hang in Sophia's room):



I LOVE this craft, because I get better with it each time...new techinques and ideas!  The fumes aren't so good though!  I may start baking when I leave the house for a few hours, and time the oven to turn off in 20 minutes...

Anyhoo, I'd love to see more pics of what y'all are melting!
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« Reply #19 on: August 02, 2006 05:46:44 PM »

Can't imagine why Lite Bright pegs shouldn't work. Might be able to get some cool star designs. Only thing is that they are more expensive than pony beads.  Tongue

You might get lucky and find some at a yard sale or thrift shop that has toys.

That butterfly is great, OriginalYouth!
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