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Topic: Melting Beads in Silicone Bakeware  (Read 9322 times)
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« Reply #20 on: December 04, 2006 04:39:41 PM »

Those came out totally cool-
the only thing cooler is that you two work together making them.
That just makes me smile : )
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« Reply #21 on: December 05, 2006 09:17:35 AM »

nice job
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« Reply #22 on: December 06, 2006 08:48:45 AM »

Oh wow, those are amazing! I've been thinking about trying the melted bead thing for a long time now. I'm so glad you made this post, because I've wondered how silicone molds would work. You can buy really nifty ones on eBay, but I like these simpler ones too. I want to make pendants mainly, so I think maybe only one layer of beads if I try this. I've also been thinkin' I could get a similar effect if I fill a metal cookie cutter with beads. I'm a bit worried they'd stick, but it sounds from all the reading I've done like it would just pop off the metal.

I just love how you used the random multi colored beads as "ornaments" on the tree ones. SOOO cute!

I'm beginning to wonder if there should be a separate bead board just for bead melting.
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« Reply #23 on: December 06, 2006 08:50:27 AM »

Cookie cutters work wonderfully!  Smiley

Unless, of course, you get obsessed with them and then you ask random Craftsters to start sending you their spare ones...buhaha... I have TONS of them now!  Cheesy

As they cool, they actually snap, crackle, pop, right from the metal.  Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: December 06, 2006 09:25:10 AM »

Cookie cutters work wonderfully!  Smiley

As they cool, they actually snap, crackle, pop, right from the metal.  Smiley

But be careful! I did some using tiny cookie cutters and they had a lip on one side. I didn't notice the lip so I just loaded them up and melted away! Well the ones I did lip up came out fine! POP right out of the cookie cutter! The ones I did lip down got caught on the little lip and.... now that I think about it.....might still be stuck in there unless Kappy got all blow torch or dremel or something on them!  Embarrassed

See! I REALLY am a menace in the kitchen!
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« Reply #25 on: December 07, 2006 12:47:30 AM »

If you make more of those, what about stringing them all up on one long cord with maybe beads inbetween or something and using as "garland" on a mantle or wrapped around a tree?
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« Reply #26 on: December 07, 2006 03:59:28 AM »

If you make more of those, what about stringing them all up on one long cord with maybe beads inbetween or something and using as "garland" on a mantle or wrapped around a tree?

ooooo that would be pretty!

We need to order more beads. Our bead stash is getting very low! Kappy found a place where you can order them in bulk by color, size, and style (e.g. faceted vs. nonfaceted). it is much cheaper and easier than buying one of those big bags at one of the local craft stores then separating the colors.
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« Reply #27 on: December 07, 2006 06:39:09 PM »

I watched some home makeover show the other night, they used the silicone molds and a resin to make little star ornaments for every branch of a tree.  I don't know if the resin was more expensive or not.  He put glitter in some of them and it sank to the bottom, so they put some of them glitter side up and some glitter side down.  Very cute. 

I've only did this project once and i found the fumes to be very overpowering.  I did have the oven fan on and had to open the door (although it was 2 out at the time and the heat was on).  I'm thinking this will probably something better left for the Spring/Summer.  For me at least.
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« Reply #28 on: December 08, 2006 07:09:12 AM »

Love these.  They would look so great hanging in a sunny window and catching the light, I think.  I have several bags of the cheaper bulk beads stored somewhere.  My daughter loved them when she was little but has now grown on into other projects.  I'll have to dig them out.

I also bought some silicone bakeware on sale recently, but silly me has actually been cooking in them.  Maybe I can still find some more just for crafts.

Has anyone tried toaster ovens for this type of thing.  I have an old one that is pretty roomy and would be easy to set up outside.

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« Reply #29 on: December 08, 2006 07:15:17 AM »

I watched some home makeover show the other night, they used the silicone molds and a resin to make little star ornaments for every branch of a tree.  I don't know if the resin was more expensive or not.  He put glitter in some of them and it sank to the bottom, so they put some of them glitter side up and some glitter side down.  Very cute. 

I've only did this project once and i found the fumes to be very overpowering.  I did have the oven fan on and had to open the door (although it was 2 out at the time and the heat was on).  I'm thinking this will probably something better left for the Spring/Summer.  For me at least.

I've made resin glitter stars! Only I turned mine into magnets! I used a cheapo walmart ice cube tray to make them. This ice cube tray was NOT rated for the oven so I haven't melted beads in it.  Wink

One warning though......resin smells MUCH worse than melting beads. Oy it stinks!

Here they are after I popped them out of the molds and before I glued the magnets on them.
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