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jenna rose
« Reply #30 on: June 11, 2006 02:48:16 AM »

How strong are the bowls? Are they turning out to be something you can USE or is it mainly just decoration?

Also, exactly what kind of beads are those? I'm extremely new to the Wide Wonderful World of Beads.  Do you think Hobby Lobby would have them?  I don't shop at Wal-mart.

I'm wondering if this would work with buttons.

Curious about the fumes/toxicity of this kind of thing, as well.

All the bowls I've seen on here are really just beautiful!!
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« Reply #31 on: June 11, 2006 06:40:41 AM »

How strong are the bowls? Are they turning out to be something you can USE or is it mainly just decoration?

Also, exactly what kind of beads are those? I'm extremely new to the Wide Wonderful World of Beads.  Do you think Hobby Lobby would have them?  I don't shop at Wal-mart.

I'm wondering if this would work with buttons.

Curious about the fumes/toxicity of this kind of thing, as well.

All the bowls I've seen on here are really just beautiful!!

the bowls can be strong but they can also be very brittle. it depends on how long you bake them and how well they fuse together.  i think these could be practical, depending on how long they're melted.  i made one that fused so well there are no holes between the beads, so it could be used for something i think.  the problem is that they're not very big, but i think you could make them whatever size you need.  they would work well as a candy dish or something, but right now mine are just decoration.

i don't know about the toxicity, but i do know that it smells weird, but only while they are baking.  the smell goes away really quickly once you pull them out of the oven.

the beads i've been using are just cheapo plastic, and are called multi faceted pony beads i think.
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« Reply #32 on: June 11, 2006 06:59:52 AM »

OO OO OO!!!!  Shocked Shocked Shocked
This makes me wiggle in my chair!!!
They are all so wonderful. I've been hoarding about 2lbs of GITD pony beads for years waiting for the right thing to do with them...
This is it!
Thank you for this awesome idea
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LaughingLark
« Reply #33 on: June 11, 2006 08:24:00 AM »

That is wicked cool, and I would try it if I weren't pregnant. I'm worried about the fumes.

I had a crazy thought, though...

I wonder what would happen if you took mardi-gras bead strands, cut them apart on one end and arranged them into spirals up the side of the metal bowl and melted them into bowls? If that would work, it would be a great way to re-use the throw beads that end up at the bottom of the jewelry box, doing nothin' but taking up space. Also, if this would work, most thrift shops have a bag or two of these beads languishing on a shelf because no on wants them, and they could be had for cheap.

I wonder, though, what would happen with the metallic throw beads. I know that they usually are black plastic on the inside, so maybe some of that would show through once they melt. It could either look really cool (like black dichroic glass?) or really ugly. Also, I would not try this in a bowl you care about, in case the metallic stuff sticks to the sides of it. Darn, I wish I could try this! Cheesy

Everyone's bowls are lovely---such fun!

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« Reply #34 on: June 11, 2006 09:48:35 AM »

I'm making one of these! I think I'll make mine into a plate instead though....I'm still a bit confused about how to keep the sides up.
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« Reply #35 on: June 11, 2006 11:00:01 AM »

That is wicked cool, and I would try it if I weren't pregnant. I'm worried about the fumes.

I had a crazy thought, though...

I wonder what would happen if you took mardi-gras bead strands, cut them apart on one end and arranged them into spirals up the side of the metal bowl and melted them into bowls? If that would work, it would be a great way to re-use the throw beads that end up at the bottom of the jewelry box, doing nothin' but taking up space. Also, if this would work, most thrift shops have a bag or two of these beads languishing on a shelf because no on wants them, and they could be had for cheap.


I've been peeping in on this thread thinking exactly this! haha...

I have a trash bag (yes a trash bag!) full of mardi-gras beaded necklaces. Some of them were cool and I used them to decorate my room at my dads house but in my closet there, still lies a bag full of the common over thrown beads. Hmm... if I could find someone to let me use their oven I may be able to answer this for you  Wink

If I get a chance I will - promise!!
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« Reply #36 on: June 11, 2006 12:30:26 PM »

aparently the chemicals in the mardi gras beads are really really nasty, like worse than regular beads.

i don't know for sure, just that we use them for events sometimes, and one of the members of my union pointed out that they're supposedly made by child labour in horrible working conditions and that they're really toxic to the children making them.

you'd have to do some reasearch, because this is just what i hear, but it might be worth looking into before you start melting a ton of them!
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« Reply #37 on: June 11, 2006 03:17:49 PM »


I wonder what would happen if you took mardi-gras bead strands, cut them apart on one end and arranged them into spirals up the side of the metal bowl and melted them into bowls? If that would work, it would be a great way to re-use the throw beads that end up at the bottom of the jewelry box, doing nothin' but taking up space. Also, if this would work, most thrift shops have a bag or two of these beads languishing on a shelf because no on wants them, and they could be had for cheap.



I recall seeing something on TV ("That's Clever", maybe) where mardi gras beads were used.  I think the guy made lampshades with them.
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LaughingLark
« Reply #38 on: June 11, 2006 04:13:28 PM »




I recall seeing something on TV ("That's Clever", maybe) where mardi gras beads were used.  I think the guy made lampshades with them.

Is this it?

http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/cr_home_accessories/article/0,1789,HGTV_3255_3280447,00.html

I see that he is using only the clear ones, not the metallic coated ones.

Now that I think of it, a few times I have opened up a bag of plastic craft beads that had the "aurora borealis" coating on them, and they really had a strong chemical odor. I wonder if the metallic beads are also coated with something nasty. Might be better not to try melting those.

--Lark
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« Reply #39 on: June 11, 2006 04:29:21 PM »

I made mine in muffin pan, I think a plate would be a great idea too ^.^  I can't wait to try different shapes and sizes..  Cheesy I think I know what i am going to be doing around xmas time hehe!

I just finished it a few mins ago... I made it to go with my blue bathroom to put my ring in when I wash my face and a greenish one for my bed room night stand.





also about the smell, it is very subtle, I used cheap plastic beads from wal-mart too.

oooo also... I didn't think about doing this or know if it can be done... But while the beads are still melting can you shape to bottom with an object to fill the bottom if you couldn't get the beads to close us all the holes?
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