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« Reply #40 on: August 17, 2007 07:08:10 AM »

I'm not sure since I haven't seen the beaded Nintendo characters... Sounds like a good way to create pixel-art. You can probably find all kinds of computer programs to create a pattern first. I have reusable bottom plates with pegs to put the beads on. They come in all kinds of shapes and sizes but a square one would probably be best. There are two ways to make them stay together once you're satisfied with the pattern.

1. Glue (messy and boring). You cut out a piece of cardboard or other backing material, put glue on it and press it to the design. You can then remove the bottom plate and let it dry. Or perhaps let it dry some before removing the plate... I don't remember since I did this when I was 5 or so. Well... I'm pretty sure my teacher made it for me.

2. Iron! Place the bottom plate on the ironing board and place a parchment paper (I think it's called that, there are crazy expensive "ironing papers" too) over the beads. Keep the iron moving to avoid disasters. The top will become shiny and let go of the paper easily. When the design shows through the paper it should be ready. Flip it over and remove the bottom plate. Fold the paper over the back (front?) of the beads or place another paper on top and iron some on this side too. They're more durable if you iron on both sides, but some doesn't want the melted look on the front of their work. Those who like the unmelted look has to make their pattern mirrored.

Hey, I even found a video about how to iron Smiley There are some Swedish words mixed into the text, but you get the general idea. Looks like they're making Nintendo things.
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« Reply #41 on: August 17, 2007 09:54:38 AM »

Has anyone seen the paper bead project in Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine? There is a heat gun, and some melting involved in that project, It looks interesting, i was thinking about trying it. 
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« Reply #42 on: August 17, 2007 10:10:13 AM »

Ooohh.. you guys are talking about Perler beads!  Wow, that's a blast from the past.  Fun stuff!
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« Reply #43 on: August 18, 2007 07:16:47 PM »

Although I haven't had a chance to poke around the craft store, I'm thinking about some things that I want to experiment with to test their "melt potential!" Next week, I think I'll do some practicing!
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« Reply #44 on: August 18, 2007 07:18:06 PM »

Today I told mr.sweets4ever that after the wedding, I'm done crafting for a year.  He said, "Yeah, until the next swap! Cheesy"  I said..."Oh, yeah.  There's a melted swap coming up soon!!"  Hehehe.
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« Reply #45 on: August 19, 2007 03:07:10 PM »

Kappy has been melting all weekend in preparation for this swap. He has created some really cool things! Grin He had some failures too.  :(But they will have to remain a mystery until after the swap.  Cool
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« Reply #46 on: August 19, 2007 04:25:09 PM »

Okay, I'm going to start putting together the questionnaire for the melt swap and figuring out exactly how to go about being an organizer. First stop: The Swap Board Help Section!

I need to spend the week setting up my classroom so that it dazzles my students and makes them say, "Wow! I'm so glad I get to go to school here!" So, in between making stuff for my classroom, I'll be doing that. It will be up by the end of the weekend, I hope!

And, as I was driving home today, I thought of something that I could try melting...and I happen to have the supplies on hand...

And sweets- no crafting for a year? Bite your tongue!!!
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« Reply #47 on: August 20, 2007 04:30:54 AM »

I enjoyed the YouTube how to. That was a cool version of the blocks from Super Mario Brothers on the Nintendo.  Smiley

This weekend was a melted bead warm up weekend. I attempted several different projects. One of them started out pretty cool, and then ended in utter and complete disaster. The other turned out pretty neat, and I think PinkyK is going to end up keeping them all.

I am hoping that PinkyK will post some pictures on the Melted Bead Craft-a-long.

More later,

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« Reply #48 on: August 20, 2007 09:48:44 PM »

I just might have to make some time for this one! I love melting stuff... we melted the kids crayons in the car when we were on vacation and both kids were excited to break off pieces and color with them to see what colors would come about!!! I certainly thought it was going to be a tragedy! Those cute little melters-to-be!  Grin

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« Reply #49 on: August 24, 2007 08:05:18 PM »

*squeals*  Cheesy I need to try this tomorrow!

First I'll ask my mother if she still has that old toaster oven. (Do convection ovens work? I think I have one out in the garage..) Then, when she says she doesn't still have it, I'll put the cats outside, let my mother work in the garden, (my sister will still be asleep..) And fire up the oven! *cue maniacal laughter*

Hm..bowl? Suncatcher? Votive holder? I have work to do!  Grin

Hehe, I looked through all these pages, clicked all the links, then looked through all -those- pages and clicked all -their- links! I'm so excited!  Cheesy

(I put the same thing in the Craft-A-Long, but this thread seems more active..)
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