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« Reply #340 on: December 01, 2006 01:18:19 PM »

Why couldn't I have found this topic BEFORE I became pregnant? I put away my resin and resigned myself to just the sewing machine and stenciling til Bun's born.
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« Reply #341 on: December 01, 2006 05:20:31 PM »

I am making these as I write this, the first batch is out of the oven...now for some questions.

What is the best method to smoothing down the sharp peaks? (I don't have a Dremel) Are your bowls shiny on both sides?  Mine are on top but the bottom is dull.  If I put foil in the mold I am using will the bottom come out shiny?
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« Reply #342 on: December 01, 2006 07:53:17 PM »

First bowl....edges too sharp and not as shallow as I'd like it to be. 
Second bowl...just a mess.  Not sure what went wrong, just doesn't look like what I thought it would.
Third bowl, tried different things to get it to not have the sharp edges.  Finally tried the upside down soda can method- ending result?  Can fell over when I left the room and I am now, hour later, still attempting to melt the plastic off the rack.  It's a big hunk and some little bits so I figure once I get the main piece off I will take it outside let the rack sit in the snow, then pick the rest off.  Ah well.
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« Reply #343 on: December 01, 2006 08:00:56 PM »

First bowl....edges too sharp and not as shallow as I'd like it to be. 
Second bowl...just a mess.  Not sure what went wrong, just doesn't look like what I thought it would.
Third bowl, tried different things to get it to not have the sharp edges.  Finally tried the upside down soda can method- ending result?  Can fell over when I left the room and I am now, hour later, still attempting to melt the plastic off the rack.  It's a big hunk and some little bits so I figure once I get the main piece off I will take it outside let the rack sit in the snow, then pick the rest off.  Ah well.

Oh, I'm sorry!  We all have a story or 2 about disasters.  Melting Beads is like a full contact sport! 
In advance next time, I'd line your oven racks with foil (and anything else the beads might touch), just in case.
For the no sharp edges, I melt mine in a flat pan (not in a bowl) and then, after it has melted completely, THEN back in again on top of an upside down bowl.
When on the can (for vases), sit in front of the oven and watch it constantly...mine only take 2-5 minutes to fall over the can....I put my can onto a foil lined baking sheet, onto foil lined oven racks...because I hate to clean, and know I can't cook with melted beads on the oven!
Also, with HEAVY potholders, or metal tools (not to be used on food), you can QUICKLY manipulate the beads, 1st thing out of the oven, shmushing the points down just as they come out of the oven.
Careful, this is where people get burnt though!
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« Reply #344 on: December 02, 2006 07:47:03 AM »

what i did was put a tinfoil covered cookie sheet under the can, and even the bw i was making. its alot easier to pull the bowl out without being concerned of touching the meletd beads
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« Reply #345 on: December 02, 2006 07:58:10 AM »

Has anyone tried layering the beads between two bowls (the top one would have to be light) while they are melting in the oven? It seems that the bumpy texture could get in the way and things could get caught in there. Don't get me wrong, it feels really cool and unique, but for storing smaller things, it would be good to have a smooth variation.
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« Reply #346 on: December 02, 2006 08:59:56 AM »

I tried to flatten the spikes down right after I took it out of the oven, but it just wasn't working.  I'll give it another go sometime with a cookie sheet and then on top of a bowl to see what happens.  The fumes on this project really bothered me even though I had the fan on high and the door open here and there.  I managed to salvage the bowl that fell on the rack, it's just a big blob now with some foil stuck in it.  Undecided  I'm going to try and mess around with it sometime and see what I get.
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« Reply #347 on: December 02, 2006 09:33:05 AM »

artisticnightmare, I find that when beads come in contact with a metal surface (like the bowl you're using) they turn dull, but if you use a glass surface, they stay shiny. As for te sharp edges, I use a lighter to smooth em out (or you can use a blow torch if you're like Kappy haha) just make sure you don't burn it for too long or the edges will discolor. Definately burn them tho, i gave myself a huge cut on my thumb from a medallion I made.  Tongue Hope this helps!

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« Reply #348 on: December 02, 2006 12:14:59 PM »

artisticnightmare, I find that when beads come in contact with a metal surface (like the bowl you're using) they turn dull, but if you use a glass surface, they stay shiny. As for te sharp edges, I use a lighter to smooth em out (or you can use a blow torch if you're like Kappy haha) just make sure you don't burn it for too long or the edges will discolor. Definately burn them tho, i gave myself a huge cut on my thumb from a medallion I made.  Tongue Hope this helps!




i sued a regular disposible nailfile, then i did a bic lighter on it...turned out perfectly!
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« Reply #349 on: December 02, 2006 04:48:10 PM »

nail file... good thinking! haha I just found out my dad has a blo torch + my beads in the star cookie cutter are in the oven right now.
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