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« on: October 02, 2007 01:34:50 PM »

These are truly nothing special, but they were my first foray into the world of melting "stuff", and so I thought, "What the heck? May as well post 'em." (On a side note, if there is a better place to put this, please feel free to send it that way.)

These are my melty bowls:


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And a little sun catcher that was simply my experiment with using a heart shaped cake pan as a mold. I need to put a sting through it so that it can be hung up eventually.

And that's it! Again, nothing very special, but they really helped me to realize how great melting stuff can be. (Aside from the smell, of course.)  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2007 01:36:44 PM »

those are amazing. what type of beads did you use?
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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2007 01:39:57 PM »

I love your bowls! I did some with pony beads and I couldn't get them to really bend like that. Did you melt them and place them over something and melt them again for the shape?
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« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2007 03:11:30 PM »

Love 'em!!  From a fellow melting addict, I know how fun it is to melt!!
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« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2007 03:38:41 PM »

I love it very much.  The first one is especially beautiful.

I love your bowls! I did some with pony beads and I couldn't get them to really bend like that. Did you melt them and place them over something and melt them again for the shape?

I have only melted records, but I would like to know too as I would like to try this.
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« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2007 03:53:01 PM »

I love the colors of the first one, and this seems like it is an awesome way to make sun catchers!

I think I should join this melting fun.   Grin
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« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2007 04:01:42 PM »

You have to melt them until they're a lovely goo substance. Cheesy  Then you can mold them over just about anything...cans, vases, other bowls, etc.
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« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2007 04:27:20 PM »

Great colors on the Suncatcher.

What I like to do is melt whatever it is you are melting into a disc, square, rectangle, or whatever (Depends on the pan you use), and let it cool. Then do a second melt by placing the hardened shape into a bowl, over a bowl turned upside down, over a coke can, etc.

Just remember, for the second melt, don't use anything that has ridges that the plastic can melt around, otherwise you might have a tough time getting the form to separate from the plastic.

Also, be sure to keep an eye on the Melting Madness Swap and the various things that people will be doing with melted goodness. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=196925.0. The ship date is coming up quickly.

Good melting,

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« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2007 06:10:05 PM »

Thanks to everyone who commented. I would answer your questions, but, well, other people already have. And I think they did a better job than I could! The only thing I might add is that I melted my beads (I used the tiny, transparent-ish ones... no clue what they're called besides just beads) at about 400 degrees F and kept a very close eye on them until they were all melted down into a liquid. It didn't take long at all. Well under 10 minutes. When melting the resulting disc of plastic over a form (for these I used a metal can) it took even less time... maybe 3 minutes.
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« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2007 08:18:18 AM »

I love the green and yellow bowl, it would look nice in my kitchen window.

And can I add a small tip?
Make sure you have good ventilation when you melt your beads because sometimes they can stink up the whole house.
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