Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Tuesday Tip/Technique...oven on!

Hello friends

Since I featured this project...
 and this one...
(Decorative Curved Square and Flower Play)
I received lots of requests for enamel dots.
They are actually quite hard to get hold of so I was delighted to read in this month's 
edition of Simply Cards and Papercraft that you can make your own.
So here is Lisa Hausmann's technique tried at home in my kitchen late last night!

You need a baking tray, a non-stick liner and Hama beads (or some similar beads). 
 Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
Evenly spread your beads.
 Pop them in the oven and this how they looked after about 10 minutes.
It is recommended that you 'cook' them for about 30 minutes, a little more if the 
holes have not filled in.
Here are mine after 45 minutes, I've got a pretty hot fan oven which I think 
explains why some of the circles are a little distorted as the liner moved a little. 
I'm really happy with the yellow ones, super handy for flower middles.
All in all well worth doing and a fraction of the price.
I shall definitely be using up my bag of beads, look out for them on future projects.

Today celebrating my niece's 21st Birthday, pub lunch. Bella is invited...
zero calories if you eat outside - honest! 

Take care friends.


Kitty Davies said...

Morning All.
Thanks for the tips. Have a great day, take care Kitty.

Jane Willis said...

What a brilliant idea! Must pick a bag of them up next time I'm in The Range.

I wonder if a heat gun would work and stop the problem you had with the paper moving? Otherwise I might rub the baking tray with a little oil to hold the paper down a bit.


nattyboots said...

Such a lovely card Christine so fresh looking,
Well i must say your Tuesday tip is a corker so pleased you found out how to do these , oh my , im off to look me up some beads after writing this ,i think i will try on e/bay .

Have a lovely time at the Birthday lunch ,Mmmmm not sure if Calories are zero if you eat outside ? ,oh go on then i will agree with you just this once.
Take Care and enjoy.
Elaine H X

Jean Z said...

Hi Christine, Thanks for the tip with the beads, and love the cards. love Jean Z xxx

PharmacyMichele said...

Two lovely cards & a great top tip-think we'll all be out to buy bags of beads!!


Ann Morris said...

Christine that's a great tip can't wait to vist my grandson's to borrow a few beads, thanks

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine,
Two lovely cards,and a great Tuesday tip,I think we will all be trying to make the dots.
I hope you have a good day and enjoy your lunch, a 21st birthday is special.
Take care. x.

pinksparkle said...

What a great tip! Thanks, enjoy your lunch.

Carole Z said...

A really lovely card Christine and what a great tip, will have to give it a go! Have a fab day, hugs Carole Z X

Bea said...

Great tip Christine - have a lovely day and enjoy your lunch :)

Laura O said...

cool tip or should I say hot tip anyway it's great ,Laura O

marg said...

Hello Christine
Lovely little card!
Nice tip re/ the Beads!
Enjoy the 21st Lunch today!
Take care
Love Marg

Jean Dyke said...

What a brilliant idea. The only thing I'm wondering is whether it made the house smell of hot plastic? X

Littlelamb said...

Brilliant idea. Wouldn't have thought of that. Must look for some and give it a try. Thanks for sharing

Christine said...

Jean - no there was hardly any smell when 'cooking' them :) x

hazel young said...

Lovely card and tip Christine have a lovely day xx hazel

Lesley Thomas said...

Love the idea of cooking the beads! Now I have to find some, in Irish shops.
Congratulations to 21 year old!

Anonymous said...

What a great idea. I had read the article but not really taken it in. Note to self - Must read more closely in future. Enjoy your lunch best wishes Jackie x

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
What a clever idea, will give it a go when I can get some beads.
Enjoy your lunch.

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Christine, Two lovely card, I especially love the second one with the fancy square die-cut, I love that die.
Not sure about trying that technique hahaha, I think I may set the oven on fire hahaha. The bottom piccie enamel dots look good though.
I hope you all have a lovely lunch, Happy Birthday to your Niece, 21 is a fantastic age (I think I can remember that far back hahaha). Bella, enjoy your lunch too.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

utilitygirl said...

Good idea with the beads Christine. I usually do my centres with Cosmic Shimmer glue dots - but will have a go at this some time and try not to catch the house on fire !!
Have a good lunch - hope the weather is kind to you all.

Ann said...

Hi Christine

Fantastic tip those enamel ones are so expensive.

Congratulations on her 21st to your niece have a lovely Pub Lunch.

Hugs Annxxx x

Stamping Bubbles said...

Hi Christine
Great tip today. My daughter has hundreds of these beads and won't miss a few so I'd better get cooking.
Take care

SusanP, Kent said...

What a coincidence! I was itching to have a go at this idea having read this feature at the weekend, but didn't want to buy beads especially. My mum used to buy them to make pictures with the grandchildren and sure enough she still has a boxful in an assortment of colours! Lucky me! She was fascinated today when I told her what I intended to do with them. Can't wait to make my own colourful dots later on. I'm amazed that anyone would come up with the idea of cooking their beads, but it is great when things can be 'repurposed'.

Maureen Killen said...

Hello Christine,
There's going to be a run on these beads, I feel it in my water!!
It's a brilliant idea and one I shall certainly try. Thanks for the tip.
Love Maureen xxx

Maureen Killen said...

Oops have a good time and you are quite correct, Zero calories outside, so eat, drink and be merry xxxx

Janice said...

You've found a good tip there Christine, now everyone's going to be baking beads!
Hope you had a nice 21st celebration with your niece.
Janice x

karenlotty said...

What a fantastic tip Guess what I'll be buying at the week end! Actually just had a thought I think my daughter had some when she was very young - she's now 30 I wonder where they are....

Elaine said...

What a brilliant tip ! I love enamel dots !!
Enjoy lunch xx

kelly said...

Oh dear - I have tried twice with 2 different packs of Hama beads with the same results, burnt lining paper and donuts :(

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