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Posted 6/2/2014 by kawaiikimmeh in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 6/2/2014 3:33:42 PM
So I finally had time to try to make my own enamel dots after exams. I had a bucket of perler beads brand new in the packaging from 2008. Although it's pretty old, I still tried it. Most people that used old perler beads said it didn't melt, but mine melted into what looks like eyelets in 5 mins. However I turned the oven off and took them out at the first sign of smoke. The perler beads were lined up on regular printer paper with nothing underneath and put into a conventional mini oven. I know it's not the paper smoking since I bake my shrinky dinks on them and they weren't in the oven for more than 7 mins.

Should I leave them in longer, change the paper out to parchment paper, or just give up all together?

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Posted: 6/2/2014 4:25:50 PM
I did some DIY enamel dots and it works well. Parchment paper on a cookie sheet and oven at max. heat for few minutes only. I made a tutorial, take a look if you think it can help...

DIY enamel dots


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Posted: 6/2/2014 7:02:33 PM
And THIS is why you don't cook plastic in an oven you cook food in. Seriously. You'll never get the chemicals out and it'll be in your food whenever you cook. I use a non-food toaster oven *outside*. 300*, 30-40 minutes. On a Ranger non-stick mat. Stay safe, people, seriously. They used to say BPA was safe too until it started killing babies because it was in their bottles.









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Posted: 6/2/2014 7:10:17 PM
My friend showed me a way with Glossy Accents. You get wax paper..drop down the GA into the dot size you want ..let dry then use nail polish to color it.
So far so good
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Posted: 6/2/2014 8:05:04 PM
It's a conventional mini toaster oven made for crafting. It's not used for food and was in front of a open window

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Posted: 6/2/2014 8:06:22 PM
Thanks for the link and feedback. I'll definitely try the glossy accents technique.

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Posted: 6/2/2014 8:22:23 PM
Your perler beads are too old. If you purchase newer beads I think that you will see a big difference!

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Posted: 6/2/2014 8:57:25 PM

It's a conventional mini toaster oven made for crafting. It's not used for food and was in front of a open window


Good! You're safe then. I just know a lot of people use their ovens and then this happens (heck, even if it doesn't) and they're cooking plastic and then eating food from the same thing. Blegh!

Definitely try newer beads. I've done the Glossy Accents thing and the problem is they're not like enamel dots. They're more like those rain dots that were popular for about six minutes and yet Michael's still sells them. The ones made of epoxy that yellows? Yeah, they're okay, and it's nice to be able to make whenever and whatever size, but they don't replace enamel dots.









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Posted: 6/2/2014 9:48:45 PM
Thanks. I'll probably try one of those $1 sample packs they have at michaels. It sucks that the ones I have don't work though since I have 11k+ beads.

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Posted: 6/3/2014 7:24:43 AM
Before buying more, I would try cooking on parchment with a longer cook time.

I was using 335 degrees for 25-30 minutes. I found a higher temp caused the eyelet look. They would only melt so far, then get hard. The lower temp kept them from getting hard and brittle.

I haven't yet been able to find the right setting for the teeny tiny mini hama beads. Most of them do the eyelet thing or come out all wonky, no nice circles with those.


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Posted: 6/3/2014 8:45:50 AM
I'll try again today. Thank you for the suggestion. I never really had enamel dots, so I'm trying to make a good batch to share with a friend who is just starting scrapbooking.

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Posted: 6/3/2014 8:48:25 AM
Did you say you put them on regular "printer paper"?
That may have been what was smoking. I am just guessing but I would think that might burn.


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Posted: 6/3/2014 8:57:59 AM
I've baked shrinky dinks on regular printer paper for 10 minutes and they don't smoke at all. However, when I tried to put my fail batch right back into the oven after several hours, it no longer smoked even though it was still on printer paper.

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Posted: 6/3/2014 4:57:00 PM
My perler beads are from 30 years ago and work great.

Maybe you're using Hama beads.
Or is your oven set too high?
Or are they too close to the heating element?

My Hama beads from 30 years ago turn into donuts and smoke


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Posted: 6/3/2014 5:21:44 PM
They are actual perler beads. At what temperature did you bake yours at? Each blog that I visit has different instructions.

Thanks for the comment.

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Posted: 6/3/2014 5:26:21 PM
300 or 325 worked great for me.


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Posted: 6/3/2014 7:16:51 PM
I wouldn't give up yet... Try a batch on one of those Ranger mats or parchment paper, just in case there's something in the beads that 'reacts' with the printer paper or in case they've changed the recipe of the printer paper and there's something in it that smokes a bit... I'd personally avoid putting anything that burns into an oven of any sort, but I see a lot of fires through work and even 'small' fires cause huge damages... Anyways, besides that, I cooked mine at 325 for between 20 and 30 minutes... The lighter colours took less time to melt, and the darker ones took a bit longer...

If you want to try for two tone dots, cut a bead lengthwise (hole end to hole end), into four 'sticks', and slip one of those 'sticks' into the hole of another bead... They don't melt enough to mix colours, so you're left with a spot of colour in the middle of another colour... I liked combinations where it was two shades of the same colour, and that a blue stick inside a white bead looks a bit like an eye...lol

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Posted: 6/3/2014 11:09:10 PM
@pennypaws

Thanks for the tip. I actually tried a tiny batch today on parchment paper and ended up with the same eyelet looking result. I might have to try your idea on cutting some beads to fill the middle.

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Posted: 6/4/2014 2:40:25 AM
No problem If it's not smoking of acting weird, try just cooking them longer... Mine go into that eyelet/lifesaver shape pretty quick, but it seems to take them longer than you think it would for them to melt from eyelet into dot... They have to get melty enough than they spread and that's when the hole seems to fill in... There was one batch of dark colours that probably took almost 45 min - not quite sure because I was opening the door every three minutes to check on them and letting the heat out, but they definitely took longer than the 30 minutes... Next time I'm going to try increasing the temperature, up to 325 or 350... They're cheap but time consuming...lol



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Posted: 6/4/2014 10:12:44 AM
Mine worked perfectly at 325 for about 28-30 minutes, baked on release foil or parchment on a heavy aluminum cookie sheet. I would guess you need to leave them in longer or increase the temperature.

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Posted: 6/5/2014 10:51:01 AM
I did mine in an old toaster oven at 350 degrees for 50 mins and they turned out great. Some colors were done around 45 mins (lighter colors), but most took 50. I used a cut up ranger craft mat.



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Posted: 6/6/2014 1:56:07 AM
I thought this looked like a good way to DIY enamel dots. It involves no melting. She just uses glue dots, paint chips, and glossy accents.

http://craftycreation.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/faux-enamel-dots.html


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