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« Reply #80 on: February 10, 2008 11:01:03 AM »

I love making melted beads! I have a huge garage full of plastic bottles and such waiting for warmer weather so I can make up a bunch more!  I made soem for a melted madness swap
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=196925.msg2144765#msg2144765
along with other melted goodies.  I have an old heat gun that I have been lugging around with us for the last 10 years. So I was so glad to be able to use it in this craft.  I did not think about melting the bottom of the bottle. Great idea.  I have to try that out. Now to go and buy some more sharpies and a few gold and silver paint markers. My kids seem to enjoy loosing all of my cool stuff. 

For those that don't have a heat gun.  I don know how hot an embosser gun gets, but you might be able to make it work. 
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« Reply #81 on: February 10, 2008 11:29:20 AM »

WOW how did i miss that gallery Shocked (I think i feel a new obsession coming on! heehee) I've only just peeped at a couple of the pics in the melted gallery, I'm just going back for more Grin I love the stuff you made christinacoghill, that necklace is so pretty, what type of plastic was that in its former life?? and what a good idea to make a windchime!  ..That Lego lamp looked cool and I spotted some cool pendants  Smiley  I bet all you swappers were zapping anything that didn't move with your heatguns before sendout!! - I know i would have been Grin

Can i ask, are you waiting for the better weather due to fumes??  I melted a plastic, fizzy drink bottle and used sharpies to decorate and i wasn't aware of any smell, should i be more careful??

I used the base of the bottle because i only had the one bottle so i was still on a roll when I'd used it all! - I do have the tip of the neck left and I was thinking amoeba style pendant but i think that might be a little ambitious!!

..I used a heat gun but I think an embosser gun would be worth a try
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« Reply #82 on: February 10, 2008 12:01:13 PM »

Just thought I'd share a pic of the necklace I made for the Melting Madness Swap (link in christinacoghill's post above...but the image of my necklace wasn't working). I made a bunch of beads but only a handful came out decent enough to use. Now that I've seen some more examples, it has renewed my interest in trying this again!

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« Reply #83 on: February 10, 2008 04:15:36 PM »

This is so cool, but I don't think we have a heat gun... how expensive are they? Is there an alternative to them that I could use?

Does the plastic give off any fumes? I have birds, so I have to be careful about fumes, but I suppose I could just make them out in the garage with the garage doors open so the fumes wouldn't be getting in the house.
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« Reply #84 on: February 10, 2008 06:08:41 PM »

If you have a pair of bent nose pliers (to hold the beads closed) and an oven mitt (so you're hand doesn't get burned), you could try dunking them in boiling water. That should cut down on any fumes. I don't remember it being very stinky, but it was a while ago...and I did have the windows open.
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« Reply #85 on: February 10, 2008 07:12:42 PM »

RubyTuesday my beads were all the plastic pop bottles either 2 liter or the plastic 12or 24 oz ones. I used different colored sharpy markers  and some permant scrapbooking ones , and gold and silver paint pen to color them and melted away. 

When I was melting pony beads it STUNK so my hubby said no more melting plastic in the house. 

craftADDchick  I love that necklace. 
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« Reply #86 on: February 11, 2008 09:10:22 AM »

craftADDchick  I love that necklace. 

Thanks! Now, I need to make one for myself Wink
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« Reply #87 on: April 08, 2008 11:41:07 AM »

Just seen the plastic bottle beads you have morphed from my original idea!AND I LOVE IT SO MUCH!I did them ages ago and had so many I was plastic bottle crazy, but now I am gonna be of again!
I just love it when my stuff get people adding 2 them!
I live in the UK and most of my friends think I am crazy!But I don't care! All these crazy ideas stop me going mad!It is true this site is cheaper than therapy!
And boy do I need that!
I have a son with Apergers Syndrome who doesn't like to go out much (cannot deal 2 well with crowded places)thank heavens 4 ebay and here! Wink
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« Reply #88 on: April 12, 2008 07:15:51 PM »

Do you think you could use a hairdryer?


I have no idea where that heat gun has walked off to...
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« Reply #89 on: April 13, 2008 04:01:52 AM »

No a hair dryer is no good 4 this kinda thing!Reading thou the replies 4 people who don't have a heat gun they've tried a candle!
B4 I acquired a heat gun I used the flame on the gas cooker!but it was quite stinky!And the kids kept complaining!
Heat guns are much better priced now! Mine cost me well nothing! With all that melting,stinking and blobs of stuff all over the place (cooker mostly) the family thought it was time 2 by me 1 4 mothers day!
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Cath
http://www.instructables.com/id/Plastic-Bottle-Beads/
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