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« Reply #70 on: June 30, 2004 09:52:23 PM »

Guys! Readymade did a full page spread on this army bowl this month:

page 44!!! hahahaha we are so on the pulse of the craft world!
« Reply #71 on: July 01, 2004 10:22:34 AM »

crap...now I have to go down and pick up a copy of stupid Readymade...I hate that mag soooo gooood.

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« Reply #72 on: July 01, 2004 11:20:18 AM »

Those are cool!

I have a reference to melting plastic army figures on my Molds page:


plastic fishing worms... top of a double boiler, pouring it into a mold and letting it cool until it was solid. The  casting was as soft and squiggly as the original worm.
....plastic army men work the same way ...as a kid I used to melt them all the time. Seth (these would be stiffer after cooling than the fishing worms?)


This stuff may be pretty much like Protoplast, etc. ... if you want to check out the page where I have instructions on how to use it, go here:
(....then click on "Resuable Materials")

Plastics will all soften, then melt, pretty much just at different temps.  It might work best to preheat the metal wok or bowl just to make the temp as even as possible before adding the figures?
It may even work just heating regularly in the oven at low temp, because the plastic will soften and assume whatever texture and shape it's resting on before it really melts (the tops of the figures shouldn't change in that case though because they're not touching anything if the heat isn't too high). 

If you want to try a release (though you probably won't need one at the lower temps like 200-275), try ArmorAll or mineral oil... or you can even brush the backs of the figures with cornstarch or a mica containing powder like Pearl Ex since those will act as releases too... sometimes just water will work also.

Let us know what you do!

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« Reply #73 on: July 11, 2004 06:54:17 PM »

sadly, my army bowl didnt work  Cry I went to K-mart and bought a good sized Pyrex bowl, and 3 bags of army men. I put the lil green guys in the oven for 15 minutes at 315 degrees. The sides melted, but the bottom didnt. I stuck the bowl on the stove. Being dumb and too excited, I put the burner on HIGH. The bottom guys started to melt very quickly and smoking. I took the bowl off the burner and in the process the pot holder caught on fire. I set the bowl on the counter and threw the holder in the sink. I turned around about 5 seconds later only to hear a huge * Pop * and the glass bowl broke in 3 peices. Noone got hurt..well almost noone, I was left with broken glass and a melted mess.
Here's my tribute to our Melted Brothers.

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« Reply #74 on: August 30, 2004 12:04:51 PM »

http://www.livejournal.com/community/craftgrrl/3525779.html   In this you do two or three layers of army men.

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« Reply #75 on: August 31, 2004 04:27:39 AM »

The original army bowl was featured in Rolling Stone magazine a few weeks ago.  No advice on how to make one though.

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« Reply #76 on: August 31, 2004 08:06:43 AM »

I don't know if you guys missed the tute and trial and error- but the only way we got this to work was by laying the army men out on aluminum foil on a flat pan in the shape we wanted them in.

We heated them on the grill until they were good and hot then transferred them (aluminum foil and all) into the bowl, pressing them into shape.

Once it cools down, pull out the bowl and peel off the aluminum foil.
« Reply #77 on: August 31, 2004 08:51:04 AM »

my first thoughts on seeing the pic was to put all the figures on a tray, cover them in parchment paper and then iron it, and while it's still hot squich them into a bowl, dont know if that would work though

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« Reply #78 on: September 22, 2004 10:27:18 PM »

Any updates on this? I think I like the last tutorial the best, seeing as I am not one to go outdoors and work with a grlll. Heck, I dont even own a grill. I like how the origional is basicly one layer of army men, or so it looks.
Someone mentioned that this was featured in a back issue of readymade. Well, I guess Im screwed unless someone out there has a copy of it and can basicly paraphrase what it says to do.
I want to make this.
« Reply #79 on: September 24, 2004 08:21:18 PM »

So I went to buy some army men today and guess what ~ I couldnt find any. Yes sir, I went to Wallmart, Target, Toys-r-us & the dollar store and no one sold them. I did find the farm animals and insects and dinos... but Im going on ebay to buy some army men. Im determined that I can make this bowl happen!
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