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« on: March 09, 2008 02:19:05 PM »

I love to do recycled crafts and I was inspired by this post.  I did make my strips wider and they turned out okay.

Here are the finished beads.  I used paint pens on all of them except for the purple and blue beads, they are colored with sharpie markers.

This is what they looked like before melting.  I really liked the one on the left before shrinking and I cut the purple one in half before I melted it.
I can't wait to get some more colored sharpies!  This was a quick and easy project, I highly recommend it!  I have enough plastic bottles lying around to make a beaded curtain (they are waiting to be taken to the recycling center).
Comments always appreciated.  There more information on my blog here.
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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2008 02:37:26 PM »

Hi
I am newbie to craftster and recycled crafts but just wanted to day that these look brill !!
Who would have thought you could do this with a plastic bottle !!!  Shocked
Well done you and also to the person (sorry cant remember your name) will have to give this a go.  Grin

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« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2008 07:56:46 PM »

How cool is that? I'll have to try that this summer after summer school lets out.
I won't have much time to do them, but I will try to do them. :]
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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2008 03:17:11 AM »

Wow - those ended up REALLY bright! They also look a little like spun glass, with the texturing and all. I've been collecting soda bottles to try this with, I may have to do this soon!
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« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2009 03:37:34 PM »

so just wondering I do this also but I make mine clear for bracelets I sell.  Did you use boiling water to curl them?
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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2009 03:49:24 PM »

so just wondering I do this also but I make mine clear for bracelets I sell.  Did you use boiling water to curl them?

No, I used a heat gun to melt them, kind of like making shrinky dinks.
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« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2009 11:29:04 AM »

These are beautiful!  Have you experimented at all with texturing the beads while they're still malleable from the heat gun?
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« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2009 12:29:53 PM »

These are beautiful!  Have you experimented at all with texturing the beads while they're still malleable from the heat gun?

No, I haven't tried to texture them, they really cool off pretty fast, but that is a really great idea  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2009 05:16:04 PM »

This is TOTALLY cool. I am so going to try this. I don't have a heat gun, maybe I'll just hold them over the toaster...
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« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2009 12:36:23 AM »

I've really got to try this.  I really like the black/silver/white one.
A beaded curtain, yes!  That's an awesome idea, and it'd be super cheap to do with these.
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