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671  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / First post! Melted bead ornaments! on: October 14, 2007 04:07:33 AM
Hello lovelies!  This is my first post, inspired by something I saw posted on here  Cheesy  I fell in love with bead melting before I even knew what it was.  I saw all the bowls and lamps and such posted on here, and I LOVED them.  I tried making a bowl of my own which didn't come out right at ALL (it does make a good hotplate though..) but it gave me an idea! 

This Christmas is the first with my boy and I in our apartment, so it's pretty special Smiley  However, we have NO ornaments, so I wanted to do mostly handmade ones for our tree (I know, it's early, but you gotta start early!!)  And I thought this was a PERFECT way to use up this huge stash of pony beads I had (I had a phase of kandi bracelets a few years ago..)  So what I did was I got some metal cookie cutters on eBay (you can get huge lots of them cheap!) and a few at walmart, placed them on a pizza pan lined with foil, and filled 'em up with beads.  The smell was terrible, so I got my cats out of the kitchen, opened all the windows, put on all the fans, etc, baked them at about 450 for about 20 minuets, and here they are!  Before and after!  I hope you like them! 

I did them pretty thick, a few layers of beads, which melted down a lot, but there's no space in between to string wire.  I'm going to try hotglue-ing ribbon to the bags to hang them with.  The mini-Halloween ones I'm going to put magnet backing on for the fridge!  The mini ones were a LOT harder to poke out of the cookie cutters because they were in tight, but I used a screw driver to sort of hammer them out.   Grin  The larger cookie cutters could be bent a little around the edges to work them out, which was nice.  I can't wait to make more!

Before baking:


672  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Pumpkins! Please share your Jack O Lanterns on: October 14, 2007 03:30:46 AM
Here's ours!  I finally talked my boyfriend into carving with me this year... mine is the spider and his is the hitman symbol from the video game.. I think they came out good!  Grin

And lit up!

673  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Melted Lego Lamp on: October 14, 2007 03:03:06 AM
I just tried this for the first time with pony beads!  I'm going to post mine!
674  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: cherry blossom pendant- finally getting the hang of shrinky dinks on: October 02, 2007 04:33:50 AM
Very nice,  I LOVE cherry blossom anything.
675  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bonsai Tree of Life on: October 02, 2007 04:32:54 AM
676  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Too much spiders on too many pics... on: October 02, 2007 04:28:04 AM
AHH!  I love these!  I too have a strange fascination with spiders... I have a pet tarantula  Grin
677  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: New stuff! Cherries/dice/pistols/picks/hello kitty/nbc [IMG heavy] on: October 02, 2007 04:21:48 AM
I LOVE LOVE LOVE these!  The first set of earrings are my favorite!
678  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Framed earrings! on: October 02, 2007 04:11:35 AM
Ohhh, I love it!  I might make one of those, if my boyfriend doesn't mind me hanging it in our bedroom  Wink
679  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: embroidered... bracelets? on: October 02, 2007 04:00:03 AM
I love these!!!
680  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Distressed Green Orbit on: October 01, 2007 03:27:16 AM
I love what you did with the wire!  Very original.
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