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« Reply #40 on: April 02, 2007 07:17:05 AM »

I am SO BUYING a heat gun. TODAY!!!

GOTTA try this.


Thanks SO much for posting it!


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« Reply #41 on: April 02, 2007 09:31:40 PM »

I'm off to burn my hands and get a headache from plastic fumes  Wink

I think this is the best thing I've read all day  Cheesy Grin

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« Reply #42 on: April 02, 2007 10:21:49 PM »

I'm so totally going to try this sometime soon - I'll share here if it works out!!  Wink

« Reply #43 on: April 17, 2007 08:28:26 PM »

did anybody try shampoo bottles? i have some pretty herbal essences bottles that would make cute beads!

p.s. thanks for sharing this idea!

« Reply #44 on: April 18, 2007 07:10:37 AM »

I don't get here often, but wonder if you coat you pliers with some type of release agent, like Pam or if the plastic just won't stick to the metal mandrel?
I wonder if you could use sewing needles, metal knitting needles, etc. to make the holes smaller.
Also, do you heat the plastic a bit first before you wrap it around your pliers or metal mandrel.
Thanks for posting this. My 83 year old mother wants to recycle every plastic bottle on the planet and I think she will have a ball helping me make some of these.
« Reply #45 on: April 18, 2007 02:41:32 PM »

Would a hot glue gun work?

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« Reply #46 on: April 21, 2007 12:22:03 AM »

Never used a glue gun for this.... I dont think that it would work very well since it doesn't blow the heat out but if you can make it work, let us all know!

Hmm... never thought about coating the pliers in pam or anything, I dont know how it would turn out.

What I do is roll up the plastic, keep it rolled by using the pliers, then heat it. Sometimes I heat the whole thing till there is no hole at all, let it cool for a bit, then heat it back up long enough to stick a pin through the middle to get a nice small hole.

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« Reply #47 on: April 21, 2007 07:31:02 AM »

Could you stick a pin (like a head pin or an eye pin) in the hole before you melted it? Then, when it was fully melted, it would already have the pin in it and you could join it to other stuff (this wouldn't be the kind of bead you could just thread on some string or wire- you'd have to connect it with jump rings or something).

I've been saving up a couple of bottles, and I might give this a try today to see how it comes out...if it works, I'll post pics, and if it is a dismal failure, I'll post some warnings (and whinings!)  Cheesy

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« Reply #48 on: April 22, 2007 08:43:04 AM »

I was already playing with this idea, too... I posted a tutorial about making sequins from PET bottles. It's not the same, but it's a similar idea.


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« Reply #49 on: April 23, 2007 04:23:10 AM »

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