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« on: April 26, 2012 08:41:38 PM »

Hi, there! First-time poster, so be friendly (of course you will)!

So, my dear friends were getting married, and having many crafty friends, they asked if we'd be willing to make the centerpieces for the reception hall. I personally replied with a resounding yes. I had two ideas, one of which failed in a particularly epic fashion (and sadly, cost a LOT of money in the failing). The other turned out completely awesome (and was pretty darn cheap to make)!

The guidelines were this: use the wedding colors (true red, navy, and a chrome if possible), make it fit on a long, skinny banquet table, and use a string of LED lights for visual cohesion.

I happened to be fascinated with overlapping circles at that time (still am, truth be told), so I conceived of a chrome frame filled with overlapping circles of varying sizes in opaque and translucent forms of the wedding colors. I figured I could melt plastic (being a HUGE fan of makit-bakits) in cake pans, and that's where you guys came in. It was through your lovely site that I got a LOT of helpful information about melting pony beads, and that is what I ended up doing. I found a website that sold them pretty cheap, and the whole cost of this bad boy ended up being right around $35.

I realize it's a pain to go visit my site, but it's well worth it. I'm extremely proud of this creation, and for me that's a really big deal!

This first image shows the colors fairly true:

This image gives a better idea of how the translucency and opacity work together.

The frame is simply silver-painted cheap pine 2x2s with a kerf more or less down the center. The circles are (obviously) melted pony beads, held in place by the kerf and silicone. The bride loved it so much that I'm going to take the base off and put some hangers on so she can hang it on the wall. And my grandma just asked me for a square one to hang in her front window - and I want one myself - and my mom's been hinting - guess my hubby is gonna have to deal with melty plastic smell a bit longer!
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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2012 09:08:53 PM »

I really like the contemporary look of this. I bet your friends were thrilled. Do you have any pics of it in the reception hall? Smiley

« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2012 09:17:02 PM »

Thanks for the edit, LimeRiot!

I wish I did - maybe once the photographer finishes processing, there will be one. It was right behind the cake, so it got a lot of attention. Unfortunately, I think a lot of people assumed it was part of the banquet hall. Oops!
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2012 10:41:05 PM »

I can see why there are so many people hinting they want one too: I wouldn't say no to one either! Unfortunately, melting plastic gives me migraines, so I won't be making me one anytime soon. Beautiful!

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« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2012 11:17:38 PM »

Oooh, I LOVE it!  I would love to see it in action on the reception table, too.  Ahh, melting beads.  Swoon.  I haven't done it in years, since I got pregnant with my kiddo, but I'd love to get back it some time!

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« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2012 12:00:29 AM »

I think its awesome... didn't see a link to your site, did you have one?

« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2012 04:49:44 AM »

Wow I love it!  I may have to make myself one or two or three!

« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2012 09:02:07 AM »

Thanks, all!

Faemystique, I initially linked to the photos because I'm a first-time poster. LimeRiot edited my post so the images would just show up in-line.

Here's the post about the centerpieces: http://jessicalynhoward.com/?p=113

And a brief history of my forays into melting pony beads: http://jessicalynhoward.com/?p=100

Also, I'm lucky enough to have a semi-private oven that isn't used for food, so I can stink up the melty plastic anytime I want!
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2012 09:28:56 AM »

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