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« on: June 06, 2006 02:18:57 PM »

so i've had these bags of those cheap plastic octaganoal beads forever....and since everyone on craftster has taught me it's never a bad idea to stick random things in the oven, i thought "what the hell" so here it is.

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a picture of it up to the light

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-3/1163535/DSCF9169.JPG


my first try produced what i'm now using as a soap dish

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-3/1163535/DSCF9166.JPG



i felt rather brilliant.  i'm sure someone else has done it before, but i was pretty excited by it.  let me know what you think!

<edited to bring tute to the first post Smiley >

well, it's actually really easy to do.  here's a short tut.

supplies:

-beads- cheap, plastic (i don't have a picture of the beads, but i hope you know what i'm talking about.)
-a metal bowl
-an oven


directions:

-preheat oven to 350

-put some beads in a bowl or other metal oven friendly recepticle.  (i say metal because the heat travels through it more quickly.  i did the same thing in a glass bowl, but it took a lot longer)

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-3/1163535/DSCF9167.JPG

the hardest part is getting the beads to lay flat in one layer up the sides of the bowl.  it takes patience and because of this my bowls are all proving to be shallow. one layer is important because of the connection points that the beads make when they melt together.

put the beads in the oven and bake for about 15 mins.

make sure to let everything cool before to try to take it out of the metal mold and be careful they can be pretty fragile.
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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2006 02:21:23 PM »

That's awesome! Did you sick them in a bowl or something before you put them in the oven or what?
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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2006 02:23:04 PM »

I love it! I wish I had some cheap otagonal beads Smiley

I'm so glad you didn't blow up when you chose to stick a random thin in the oven Wink
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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2006 02:24:57 PM »

oh my that is super cute!
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« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2006 02:25:25 PM »

I love it. Its so simple but beautiful at the same time.  I love things with alot of different colors.
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« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2006 02:45:19 PM »

I loves it!  I have some cheapy beads laying around too... hmmm....
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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2006 02:57:11 PM »

Did you have any melty-bead residue left on your bowl?

It looks fun, but I want to know if I'll have to find a cheap bowl to be able to try this ... Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2006 03:05:03 PM »

i didn't have any trouble. but i would definitely wash it afterwards.
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« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2006 03:07:19 PM »

you could try using two bowls nested in each other to keep the beads in one layer.  just stick something with a little weight on the inner bowl.  ooh!!  and you could make foil sculptures that you fill with the beads!  i love this idea!
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« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2006 03:09:01 PM »

you could try using two bowls nested in each other to keep the beads in one layer.  just stick something with a little weight on the inner bowl.  ooh!!  and you could make foil sculptures that you fill with the beads!  i love this idea!

just promise me that you guys will post pictures of anything you make.  creativity breeds creativity.
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