Wednesday, May 22, 2013

RANGER MELT ART MANIA

I hope that everyone is having a happy and creative week!  


ALERT!  ALERT!  ALERT!  

 RANGER INDUSTRIES is hosting 
"MELT ART MANIA" from May 15th through the 31st.

Every day, a new melt art project is being featured on Ranger's Blog with a link to the artist who created it, so you can read about it's construction in greater detail.  

I am so honored that Tim Holtz asked me to be a part of Melt Art Mania!  Ranger truly is a great company and they are offering a wonderful prize package of melt art products to several lucky recipients simply by leaving a comment on the blogs of those artists who are participating in Melt Art Mania.  Just leave a comment on the blogs and winners will be randomly chosen to receive a wonderful prize package of Ranger Melt Art Goodies.  
I will be choosing the winner from my blog on June 3rd. 
 

And here is the prize package YOU might receive!  WOW!  
  •  TWO Texture Treads
  • One Set of Reheat Inks
  • One 8 oz. Jar of Clear UTEE
  • One Melt Art Project Craft Sheet
Now THAT is a prize package!  
 Check out the RANGER BLOG HERE for further details.

MY MELT ART PIECE IN CELEBRATION OF MELT ART MANIA


There are several different Melt Art techniques that I used on this piece and I will describe them throughout this post.

My wall hanging is a 5x7 canvas with a smaller 3"x4" canvas stacked on the right side.  


I brushed Matte Multi Medium onto the canvas and covered it with Tim Holtz' Melange Tissue Wrap Paper.  Then I used a combination of Wild Honey, Broken China and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks to distress the canvas.  I covered the canvas with with Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint and sat it to the side to dry 
and I started working on the smaller canvas.


I first distressed a piece of manila cardstock with Broken China and a touch of Vintage Photo Distress Inks.  Then, using Tim Holtz' Rulers Texture Fade, I dry embossed the measuring tape background.  

~ Melt Art Technique Number One ~

Tapping the raised areas of the embossed paper with Distress Embossing Ink Pad and then sprinkling Queen's Gold Embossing Powder over those areas.  If you have extra powder you don't want on there, take a small paint brush and brush it away before heat setting it with a Craft It Heat Tool.

I lightly tapped a Distress Embossing Pad over the raised areas of the measuring tape image and sprinkled it with Queen's Gold Embossing Powder.  After it was heat set, I gently distressed the edges and into the interior of the face of the canvas with Gathered Twigs and Black Soot Distress Inks.  Using more Matte Multi Medium, I covered the canvas with the embossed paper. Then for the FUN PART...adding the melt art pieces...

~ Melt Art Technique Number Two ~ 

Pouring hot Clear UTEE over a surface and then using a cookie cutter to create a shape out of the UTEE.


The little boy is from and older Tim Holtz' Distressables CD.  I cut him out and inked the edges.  Next, I cut out a piece of chipboard that would be big enough to encompass the little boy in an oval shaped cookie cutter.  I covered the chipboard with various Tim Holtz' Tissue Tapes, distressed them with Distress Ink colors and glued the little boy in the center.  Then I poured hot melted Clear UTEE over the little boy and slipped the oval cookie cutter into the hot UTEE, centering it around the little boy.  Leave the cookie cutter in place until the UTEE is cooling and then remove it.  Trim around the edges if necessary while the UTEE is still warm because the UTEE is still pliable at that point.  

~ Melt Art Technique Number Three ~ 

Inking the edge of an object with the an embossing ink pad and then sprinkling over that area with embossing powder.  Brush away any excess powder with a small paint brush before heat setting with a Craft It Heat Tool.  If you are working on (as in this case) a UTEE edge, be careful not to overheat the area and remelt the UTEE.
 
I inked the edges of the oval with Distress Embossing Ink and sprinkled the edges with Queens Ink to further accentuate the shape of the oval.

Then I glued a piece of dark brown cardstock behind the oval and cut around it, leaving a little matting.  I repeated the embossing powder technique to accentuate the edges of the oval.  Then I glued the piece in the center of the canvas.  

I added a couple of Tim Holtz' Pediments die cut from plain Grungeboard to the smaller canvas.  I die cut them three times each and glued them together.  Then I colorized them using Tim Holtz' Tarnished Brass and Antiqued Bronze Distress Stains.  I added some Black Soot Distress Ink around the edges for a more aged look. 

~ Melt Art Technique Number Four ~

Pouring hot UTEE directly into a mold made from Mold 'N Pour.  Caution: Mold 'N Pour can be very addicting! Once you make one mold, you'll be going around your house looking for anything and everything you can mold!!!  Seriously!!!


I used Mold N' Pour to create a mold of Tim Holtz' crown from his Adornments set.  Once the mold was ready, I poured hot melted Black UTEE into the mold.  Within a minute or two, I had a black crown that I then added an iridescent quality to with various Perfect Pearls Powders.  Then I centered it and glued it onto the upper Pediment.


I added Jump Rings, small pieces of chain and altered Pen Nibs (colored with Gold and Silver Paint Dabbers-touch of Pitch Paint Dabber at the tips) to a Tim Holtz Keyhole and then glued it onto the lower Pediment.

~ Melt Art Technique Number Five ~

Pouring hot UTEE directly onto a piece of chipboard and then stamping a rubber stamp image into the UTEE.


To make this panel of brushes, I cut a piece of 2" x 5" chipboard. I combined Clear UTEE, Platinum UTEE, Bronze UTEE and a touch of Black UTEE together and let it melt.  While it was melting, I inked the brushes from Tim Holtz' Artful Tools stamp set with Distress Embossing Ink and put it onto an acrylic block.  Once the UTEE was melted, I poured it all over the chipboard piece that was sitting on my Non Stick Craft Sheet and pressed the stamp down into the hot UTEE.  Let it sit for a minute or so and then remove the stamp.  Wash it right away.  While the UTEE is still warm, you can clip away any excess poured UTEE because the warm UTEE is still pliable.  I then used various Perfect Pearls Powders to colorize the UTEE piece.  I used Perfect Copper, Sunflower Sparkle, Forever Green and Blue Raspberry to create the iridescent effect.

~ Melt Art Technique Number Two Repeated ~ 

Using a cookie cutter to create shapes out of UTEE.


For the "ART" circles, I first distressed some manila cardstock with various Distress Ink Colors.  Then I stamped the small letter from Wendy Vecchi's Believe In Art stamp set onto the cardstock. using Coffee Archival Ink.  Then I used Tim Holtz' Worn Text stamp set to stamp the "A", "R", and "T" from Jet Black Archival Ink.  Then I used the same technique that I used when I poured Clear UTEE onto the chipboard and used the oval cookie cutter to cut out the little boy image.  This time, I used a small circle cookie cutter to cut around each of the letters.  Once cool, I glued the letters onto a brown piece of silk ribbon.



I added two "pens" (made from skewers and altered pen nibs) on top of the UTEE piece. I wrapped the pens with string and glued feathers to the ends of the strings.  I glued them into place and added the smaller of Tim Holtz' Regal Adornments wings onto the piece.  I altered the wings with a Gold Paint Dabber and touches of a Juniper Paint Dabber to give it that patina look.
The ART ribbon is glued in between the UTEE brush imprints and the smaller canvas.  I used a graphite pencil to add dark areas around the circles, further emphasizing them.


Here, you can see a closer up look at the Melt Art Techniques and the dramatic textures and results you can get when using UTEE in several different ways.

So...there you have it, my Melt Art Creation for Ranger's Melt Art Mania Giveaway!  So fun and easy to do!  And....no waste!  Once you are finished with your melted UTEE, just pour it onto your Non Stick Craft Sheet and let it cool for a couple of minutes.  Then you can save your hardened UTEE and reheat it, melting it back into liquid form to reuse again and again on your projects!  How THAT'S value! 

You ought to try experimenting with UTEE.  It's so much fun!  And...if you leave a comment and you're chosen as alucky random winner, you will be receiving a Melt Art Mania prize package full of goodies that will help you get started!
So, leave a comment NOW and share this post with your friends!  
The drawing will be on June 1st. 
Good luck!!!

Here are the products available at Simon Says Stamp that I used in the creation 
of this Melt Art piece:



93 comments:

  1. Totally fabulous Candy. You are a wonderful artist and I for one am not surprised that Tim invited you to be part of this. Truly wonderful project x tags and crafty hugs
    Annie x

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  2. Wow candy this piece is gorgeous! Love all the melt art techniques that you have used, it's beautiful xx

    Kaz x

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  3. Fantastic tutorial!

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  4. Your piece is very beautiful Candy!!

    And.....I need that stuff, no way!! So, just pick pick pick pick me:-)

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  5. WOW Candy, this is awesomeness personified... LOVE all those differnt technique you used... hope all is goodly in your life xx

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  6. Fabulous piece Candy, loving those pen nibs again and the canvas with the mini canvas attached is fabulous. Imlove the image and UTEE is one of my favourite products. Love how,you distressed all your pieces and the UTEE techniques are fabulous. I find UTEE so tactile and it adds so much wonderful texture. Fantastic piece Candy. Tracy x

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  7. Wow, there are a lot of great techniques on one small little canvas! Thanks for sharing, I will have to get the melt pot out and have a little play time!

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  8. Your wall hanging is stunning, once again! I now feel I must get me some utee....very inspirational!!

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  9. I am SO wanting to try Mold and pour! I love your crown!!
    You did a fabulous job of this whole project...TFS!

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  10. Wow! This is just amazing Candy! I love everything! I got a melting pot for Christmas and I have made "glass" flowers with it-but I need to get it back out and do more stuff! :)

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  11. Wow Candy this is another winner . Love all the textures and thanks for sharing the techs. and mini tutorial on how you created this piece of ART. I do have a melting pot and this will inspire me to use it more . Thanks

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  12. can see why Tim chose you for this project demo, its fab. I have a melt pot.....about 4 years and haven't taken it out of the box.......how bad is that. If I win then will have to use it won't I...........lol x

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  13. Candy this has such a big "wow" factor! I just read what Netty said and I am in the same boat! I at least opened mine. I can see why Tim would ask you to be a part of this event, you are amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. love the rich texture of this canvas and all of the techniques!!! Thanks!

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  15. This is wonderful. Love all the layers and textures. TFS!

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  16. What a stunning and inspirational make... so many amazing techniques with such fabulous results! The stamped brushes panel is completely cool, and I love the ART bubbles - just brilliant, Candy - thank you so much for sharing this with us!
    Alison xx

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  17. Wow! I love this! Great tutorial.

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  18. Woo hoo Candy!! I am so thrilled that Tim asked you to be part of Melt Art Mania. The techniques you have shown us are brilliant and I love your canvas. I have literally just got my melt pot and now cannot wait to have a go! Thank you so much for all your inspiration. Hugs, Anne x

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  19. What a great piece of art! Thank you so much for sharing.

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  20. Love love love this piece. I can't wait to try this

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  21. Great piece! I love all the melt art techniques you used.

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  22. Wow, that's a lot of technique-ing! :) Thanks so much for sharing--I especially like your idea of making the "ART" letters and am looking forward to trying that out first on a card.

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  23. Gorgeous piece, Candy!!! You made true Melt Art MAGIC!!!

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  24. A stunning piece full of vintage yumminess & texture! I love the images and papers that you have used. Gorgeous!

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  25. candy, i am such a big fan of your work! every piece of yours looks fabulous. everything you create turns out faboulous ( almost like you have majic creative hands haha ) but i love your work and you inspire me with every piece you create. you always have layers and layers of details and its just perfect. thank you so much for sharing your work with everyone:)

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  26. Candy - I'm so glad I found you again! (I don't do blog readers) Your style appeals to me and I appreciate the explanations you give for your creations - I learn so much. This time I've bookmarked!

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  27. Candy - I'm so glad I found you again! (I don't do blog readers) Your style appeals to me and I appreciate the explanations for your creations - I learn so much. Glad I followed the Melt Art Mania link... This time I bookmarked!

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  28. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!!! I LOVE it to pieces!

    ~Linda

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  29. So many cool techniques! Will have to try the stamp impressing and find some cookies cutters! Thanks for sharing a fab tutorial. And a chance to win!

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  30. wow! lots of great techniques. =)

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  31. Stunning project ! All the techniques are fabulous! I Love the details and the tutorial is very very beautiful and interesting! Thanks for sharing! Barbara Yaya

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  32. This piece is Amazing, I love everything about it. I would love to try out these products, thanks so much for the chance to win.

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  33. Oh my goodness! Your wall hanging is fabulous! I am so excited about melt art! Probably not available in New Zealand as yet.... sigh. BUT I loved reading your tutorial, thanks for sharing; I have learnt soo much!

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  34. Thank you so much, Candy,

    for your instructions and the fabulous stepxstep! Your canvas is again a little masterpiece and I love all the colours you blended together so very well! You really know what you want and how to achieve it with Distress inks and Ranger melt art products! Wow!

    Hugs,
    Claudia x

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  35. Absolutely beautiful!! This is so beautiful and an awful lot of work for something so tiny :) AMAZING!!!

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  36. Fantastic techniques, Candy! I have recently found melt art after seeing the melt pot on C&C here in the UK and would love to have the chance to win these amazing goodies! I had seen the way you can pour it into moulds to create embellishments, but you have opened my eyes to a whole new world of melting! Is this another technique I need?!
    Beautiful project, as ever! Lisa x

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  37. Gorgeous Project Candy. Love all the techniques - Melt pot is on my shopping list!!! Thank you for sharing

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  38. Oh Candy...this is uber gorgeous!!!! I love all of the UTEE Melt Art Tecbniques you've done, and your tutorial was great! The whole design rocks!!!!!

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  39. Love it! The melt art is amazing...lve the pen nibs! Well actually love it all! X

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  40. What a fantastic project and a wonderful tutorial, Candy! You used so many techniques... it's a feast for the eyes. I love the paintbrush panel the most, and your super crown and pen nibs... gorgeous!!

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  41. WOW.WOW.WOW,another fantastic make, its stunning all the work you did one it, the background alone is gorgeous,the plaque you created is stunning,the art letters are beautiful, and all those nibs make me weak, outstanding job Candy thanks for sharing all this creativity, and have a wonderful day...

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  42. Fantastic Art piece! You did an amazing job and I love all of the techniques that you used. Your tutorial was very easy to understand also.

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  43. Wowzer! Fab project Candy, and so many different techs with the UTEE!!! And they all came together beautifully for this project! Bravo!

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  44. Thank you so much for the step by step instructions! I definitely need the bronze UTEE and some texture fades. And thanks for the reminder that I can stamp into the melted UTEE...I just have not worked much with it

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  45. I bow to you!! You are the Melt Art Queen!!

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  46. What a fabulous piece of art, thank you for sharing the details xx

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  47. Wowser wow wow wow amazing awesome gorgeous canvas and I love all the melt art techniques you used. Time to get the melt pot out me thinks lol, thanks for the fantastic inspiration. :-) Kezzy xxx

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  48. Art indeed! Very nice love all the techniques! thanks for the step out dierections.

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  49. a great project...can't wait to try these techniques

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  50. can't wait to try some of these techniques

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  51. This is so cool! My mind is racing with all the possiblilites. Thanks for sharing so many great techniques!

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  52. How did I miss this - it's fantastic! I totally loooooooooooooove it. You are so amazing - ofcourse TIm Holtz would choose you. I cant wait to try all the techniques that I havent already with UTEE. I dont have a melting pot but I am about to see if I can use my coffee maker as warming base and a teeny frying pan (1 egg only) as the pot thing - I'd love to try making those resin looking thingies that you cut out with cookie cutters. You're awesome!

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  53. Wow, your creativity is indeed contagious! This is such a beautiful sample and all the elements fit together so beautifully. Big congrats on taking part in the MeltArt shenanigans! xx

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  54. You have out done yourself this time. So great!!

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  55. LOVE the techniques!!! You are amazing and very inspiring!!!

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  56. LOVE the techniques! You are amazing and very inspirational!

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  57. How lovely, and such beautiful details! I will have to dust off my melting pot!

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  58. O, Candy, this is awesome, I didn't know about Melt Art Mania, until I saw it on your blog! Glad I discovered it! So, thanks!

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  59. Wow, this piece is amazing Candy! So many wonderful details as always. I love that little boy image.

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  60. Great tutorial...and you are right; I should be experimenting with UTEE!

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  61. A new masterpiece, your art works are always inspiring and awesome.
    Wish you a nice weekend,
    hugs Anja

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  62. This is an intriguing piece. I absolutely love it. Each detail is special in it's own right.

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  63. Wow! Melt Art appears to be a very versatile medium that can open up a plethora of creative possibilities. I also like the way you combined two of the pediments to form a frame - very clever! Thanks for your heartfelt words at my blog. Blessings!

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  64. Once more: what a wonderful project ... and a very inspiring technique! So many lovely details, so colorful and so "vintage"! Again you used the fantastic pediments, which I like so much. Once again a precious piece of art and a perfect sample for melt art!
    best wishes, serafeena

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  65. Candy, thisi s sooo cool! I love the whole thought of it and own a melting pot but have been too chicken to try it. Your projects ROCK and I'm inspired! xxD

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  66. Your art work is beautiful and inspiring. I, too have a melting pot which is still in it's wrapper just waiting to be used. Now all I have to do is win! Thanks for sharing.

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  67. Beautiful project--hope I can replicate at least part of it!

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  68. I think this is absolutely fantastic!!!! So many different melt art techniques, i love all the different elements, the colours embossing and stamping are just amazing. I love it Candy you are such a talented lady ! X

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  69. Thank you for these fabulous ideas !

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  70. WOW!!! Melt Art Mania just keeps getting better and better!! I LOVE you project and the different melt techniques you used to make it. Thank you for the tutorial!

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  71. great project with some fantastic details.

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  72. unbelievable piece, don't know how I missed it until now! The effect of all the different techniques is incredible, LOVE it!!!

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  73. Love it! Your tutorial is as fabulous as your project. Thanks for sharing your art.

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  74. Another amazing project Candy! Love all your melt techniques, and they look wonderful all together on one project.

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  75. A very well written, super informative tutorial-bonus techniques, too! Thanks!

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  76. Absolutely gorgeous!! Love the vintage antique-y look you achieved!!

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  77. WOW!! This is absolutely stunning xhugsx Nikki

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  78. really like the elements you have made for this wonderful piece of art, I am so excited to have seen so many great things to do with my melting pot, have had for a year or so but had no idea how to use it, thanks for all the help@

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  79. Very cool! Love the altered nibs on chains!

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  80. My favourite project so far Candy! Thanks for sharing and the chance to win :-)

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  81. can't wait to get all my creative juices flowing with these great idea's

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  82. can't wait to let my creative juices flow with these wonderful idea's
    thanks!

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  83. WOW!! This is SO NEAT!! I LOVE the FUN project you created and all of the GREAT Ideas!! THANKS for the GREAT Tutorial and for the chance to win!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

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  84. Beautiful project! Love all the details and dimension!

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  85. You never cease to amaze me with your amazing talent. Awesome work!

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