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Topic: Melted bowls - dinos, Army men and bugs!  (Read 74280 times)
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« on: August 01, 2007 12:24:58 PM »

Oh, how I love to melt stuff! Grin Grin







I used a round cake pan, lined it with foil, laid out all my dinos and "sprinkled" the empty spots with beads as filler.  I baked it (I have no idea the temperature or time) - I usually start at 300 & get impatient and crank it up.   Just melt until you're satisfied with the consistency.   I removed it from the oven, immediately lifted the piece up by the foil and molded it over an inverted metal mixing bowl.  I let it cool and then I peeled off the foil.

The army men are hard plastic, but the dino toys are made with some sort of rubbery material.  The bowl would flex slightly, so I'm sure the beads (since they are hard plastic) would pop off over time.  I sealed it with 3 layers of acrylic sealant just to be sure they wouldn't.

This bowl is fairly small - a few cups, I would imagine.

My fiance thinks the little guys melted down to look like the Michelin tire man. Cheesy


This one is quite a bit bigger.  It's like a big chip bowl.








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I got some PMs asking for photos of the bug bowl, so here it is (and another dino bowl). Cheesy  These are muccch smaller.  They are more saucer than bowl.  I put my keychain in one of them for size reference.



Under side...


The bugs kind of irk me a little.  Cockroaches, caterpillars, ants, num... Cheesy  I used beads as filler and they kind of remind me of little pods or eggs. Lips sealed




Edited to add!  This *wonderful* Craftster contacted her vet about melting fumes and our critters!  I thought it would be great to share the information here:
Update for those of you with critters-

I called my vet (who still needs to get an account on craftster...) and she told me melted plastic is definantly toxic to birds, and probably harmful if not toxic to other animals (cats, dogs) in large amounts. She's made some of the melted bead bowls, and she uses her grill. I have one just like it, it has a temperature gage on it, 3 burner, you get the just. She says she puts foil down, arranges her beads, put a round cake pan over it to get the shape right, pulls off the pan, and turns on the grill to a medium temperature. She leaves the grill open, watches until they get to the right stage, then does the flipping over a bowl outside. You want to have doors and windows shut on you house so the fumes don't enter your house, but she said its not near as bad as far as the smell goes since its totally ventilated.
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« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2007 12:32:52 PM »

loooove the dinos! super awesome!
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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2007 12:36:04 PM »

loooove the dinos! super awesome!

Thankie!! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2007 12:38:30 PM »

Im sure I have a friend out there somewhere who loves to make gifts for other friends. Gosh I love my friends. Im sure I could find someone who will melt one for me eventually.
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« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2007 12:39:37 PM »

Where o where could that little friend be?
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« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2007 12:40:06 PM »

I have no idea, but I know YOU are super talented!
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I LOVE the dinosaurs!!!!!! it's so colorful Grin
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« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2007 12:41:31 PM »

Awesome bowls!  I like the army guys. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2007 12:43:58 PM »

Those are awesome!
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« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2007 12:44:15 PM »

those are so awesome.  definitely going to try it out
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