Sunday, 7 April 2013

Melt pot fun

I borrowed my friend Pen's melt pot a few weeks back. Played with it for a while and then put it to one side but if anyone's been watching Create and Craft this week, you will have seen the great workshops that Hels Sheridan has been doing with the melt pot. So out it came again and I've made a couple of canvases.  Boy oh boy oh boy have I enjoyed doing this!

You can buy beeswax pellets that dissolve quickly in the melt pot but I knew I had some blocks stashed away somewhere.  So I rummaged around and found them and got to work with the cheese grater and ten minutes later had a nice pile of grated beeswax.  The cheese grater wasn't very happy though lol.

The two background images are free digi downloads from the internet.  They have been covered in beeswax.  It's the first time I've used this but it gives a lovely matt finish.



I made the flowers from a Spellbinders die and the leaves are Memory box as is the Madera Corner which you can just see underneath.  The flower above is made from some stiff fabric I've had in my stash for years.


This flower got dunked in the melt pot. (Into UTEE not beeswax).  It give a wonderful porcelain finish. See the pic below to show how it catches the light.



I've entered this for this week's Anything but a Card challenge which is "Inspired By".  I was definitely inspired by the melt pot (and Hels too!)



18 comments:

Heather said...

I love what you have done here Carol. I would have tuned in to that programme but there are so many that don't interest me that I've just about given up watching.

sam21ski said...

WOW Carol, I can't believe that you've not dripped beeswax over a canvas before!!!

Sam xxx

Suzanne C said...

Totally Awesome! Love your canvases! The flower looks beautiful dipped in beeswax.

Paula Whittaker said...

ooo loving these pieces Carol....I did watch Hel's, and admired her work with the melt pot but my pot is still in it's packet after only using is once when I bought it about 5 years ago.

Ria Gall said...

two fantastic canvases, I am so glad you got the inspiration from Hels or we may not of had these beauties to look at, I love the colours and the flowers that you have used, really pretty
Ria

Chris said...

Carol I love your canvases. The images are beautiful as are your flowers.

I was almost tempted to get my melt pot out, too, but there's so much 'stuff' on my worktop that there was no room for it. xx

Sarah Anderson said...

This is where you wish your laptop had 'touch-vision'! These look wonderful. My recent play with wax involved a soldering iron with a different end in the corner of the bedroom - I NeeD to make some space in my craft room to get the melt pot out!

butterfly said...

What gorgeous projects, Carol - love the glossy effect on the flower, and the beautiful matte of the beeswax - wonderful! I've not had a chance to play with a melt pot yet, but you make a good case for it!!
Alison xx

Netty said...

oooh loving the great results from the beeswax, fab work, hugs Annette x

inkypinkycraft said...

Really great makes, love whatyou have created ! Trace x

Karin said...

Beautiful flowers Carol, wish I could a see a close up of your canvas, it looks gorgeous.

Mikaela said...

lovely! i alwas forget to use my meltingpot! I have to take it out right now

Penibear said...

FAB. We need to go see Hels in action, dontcha think??

Paula Jane Atkinson said...

I had commented on this but my system went straight to a website not working page so it has not registered my comment :(

I love these pieces. I will get a melt pot one day when I can justify the cost!!

mark gould said...

beautiful. I love the melt pot and using the bees wax. lovely choice of images. Thanks for joining us at hdh

Julia S-W said...

Carol these are gorgeous little pieces. I love the look the bees wax gives and the utee on the flower is stunning. I keep wondering about a melt pot and you just may be responsible for another spend!!
Thanks so much for joining us at Anything But A Card for this challenge.
Enjoy your weekend,
Julia

Juls said...

Managed to sit on my hands & resist the meltpot!! Your makes are so fabulous .... Think my will power will be waning!! Thanks 4 ur inspiration hugs Juls xxx

Kezzy said...

Wow gorgeous, I have to admit since Hels showed all the delightful creations on create and craft I have been meaning to get my melt pot out lol. Happy Crafting :-) Kezzy xxx