The Ranger Melting Pot – my recommendation of the week.

The Melt Pot by Ranger is highly recommended by the Cobweborium Emporium, as a great addition to the craft room.

The Melt Pot by Ranger is highly recommended by the Cobweborium Emporium, as a great addition to the craft room.

 

I saw the Ranger Melt Pot demonstrated on Create & Craft early in 2013 and thought it was a lovely bit of kit – but the price, at the time, put me off buying it and so I put it on the  ‘I’d like one of these’  list.

A fellow crafter mentioned that a craft store near her had the Melting Pots on special offer just for that week as well as free postage and packing.   It was such an incredible deal that I ordered one straight away, along with some clear ultra thick embossing crystals, just to give me something to start with.

It arrived really quickly and although I unpacked it from the packing box I left it in its actual proper packing for weeks!

I think I was a little scared of it.  It seemed such a major product  . . . but  after weeks of uhmming and erring … I opened the package and decided NOW was the time to put on my big girl knickers and play with this magical machine.

From the moment that I made my very first bit of Ranger Melting Pot magic – I was well and truly   HOOKED.

“Hello, my name is Cobwebs and I’m a Melting Pot Addict.”

I thought that I’d developed some sort of  super power  which turned solid objects into a liquid.  You pour a some Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel into the pot, put the lid on and VOILA!  You take the lid off and where there was a solid matter there is now liquid magic.

I’d set myself up to make something simple … a tag or a topper.  Small enough to not really care about making a total pigs ear of it, but something that I could use if it turned out to be a joyous success.

I turned the melt pot on poured some crystals into deeper well part of the dish and put on the lid.  It takes just a minute or two for the UTEE to melt into a see through liquid, at which point I took the bit of chipboard card which I’d already prepared.  It was about the size of a business card –  to which I’d added a chipboard bird shape with a little double-sided tape and  ‘stroked’ a little teal coloured gilding wax (from Creative Expressions)  around the edges of the bird and the card,  as a sort of highlight.

I then held the chipboard tag in my tweezers and carefully, gently placed/dropped it face down into the melted crystals in the melt pot.  I left it there for just a moment, then carefully lifted it out and let it drip for a few seconds, before laying it flat  (on it’s back) on my heat-resistant mat.

I gazed at what I’d made and couldn’t believe how something so mundane as two bits of chipboard card had taken on a look of something really rather ‘arty’ and expensive.

I had a little test tube of tiny glass beads on my desk, and I opened them and added a few glass beads to the still wet liquid.  Wow! this was really turning out to be something quite lovely.

I waited until the tag had cooled and ‘set’, then picked it up, snapped off the dribbly bits around the sides and dragged the sides of the tag over the lipped edge of the hot walls of the melt pot pan – to smooth out the edges and make a clean-looking finish,  and  then dropped the tag,  again, face down, into the pan again and gently pushed the back of the tag with my metal tweezers to ensure that the whole of the face of the tag was in contact with the UTEE melted crystals.

I picked up the tag with my tweezers and again allowed it to drip a little, then put the tag down on the heat mat to set.  ……………… I looked at it and ….  I was  well  and  truly  HOOKED.

The Melting Pot became a passion.  I dipped things, poured the liquid on my heat-resistant mat and pressed rubber stamps (only use red RUBBER stamps – as most other stamps can’t be used) into the poured liquid.  I used metal cookie cutters which I’d so far only used for polymer clay, and pressed the cutters into the poured hot liquid in order to cut shapes.    I used  glass beads; little wooden flat backed adornments;  old, rusty looking metal sayings (such as: believe;  TRUE LOVE;  beautiful soul;  wish  … that type of thing) and everything suddenly took on a much more magical, amazing appearance.  I coated paper flowers which I’d cut out using some Sizzix dies and they became something delicate, but so much more amazing than just paper flowers.  I dipped leaves off silk flowers.  I dipped a  short length of cotton into the clear crystals and then carefully draped it over a Tag which I’d made, to add some more texture and depth.

The limit to what you can create with the Melting Pot is only the limit which your creative mind puts on it.

BUT … that’s not all….

You can colour the clear melted crystals – either with solid colours:  black, white, blues, purples, pinks, greens,  silver, gold, bronze …. by using ultra thick embossing crystals (I use Cosmic Shimmer brand).

You can add Melt Art Heat It Inks  or (my own choice of liquid colourants) Cosmic Shimmer Melt Inks – either of these inks are safe to use in your Melt Pot inks.   They’re especially made so that you can add these inks directly into your Melting Pot.  Any other inks ..well I honestly wouldn’t know if they were safe to use,  but I personally wouldn’t try them unless I’d checked with Ranger themselves first.

Inks + Melted UTEE + HOT Melting Pot =  a  possible dangerous happening.  So don’t take chances.

Either of these mentioned inks will add colour, but leave your project translucent  –  so you’ll be able to ‘see’ through it, like you could see through a coloured piece of glass.  But … if you add white UTEE to the blend then the colour changes to an opaque colour.

You can add ‘pearl’ ultra thick embossing crystals, which gives the translucent colours a special finish which looks like someone waved a magic wand over the project and the magic twinkles which came out of the end of their wand got stuck in the liquid and are held there forever more.

What other things can you make? 

Rings …  you can use silicone moulds to make flowers, roses work well.  The liquid cools quickly – in minutes and you can then simply glue the flower to a ring base (which you can buy on Ebay or from various places which sell jewellery making items.)

Pendants … using moulds, or even simply pouring the UTEE out onto your craft sheet and pressing a metal cookie cutter into the hot liquid then leaving it there until it’s cooled a little (remember to poke a hole by pushing in a bamboo stick and holding it there  – then once everything has cooled a little you can (while it’s just still warm) peel away the outer setting UTEE and push out the inner UTEE shape which you’ve made.

Or – you can use a bezel and make pendants like this one which I posted about in the Melt Pot category of my blog.

Armour of God Pendant 2

 

Adornments for your cards – again using Silicone moulds or fashioning things from paper, card, metal, wire or all manner of things – like these flowers simply made from shaped wire and dipped into the melt pot,

Ranger Melt Pot Flowers

Or … how about some Christmas decorations … maybe some snowflakes …  can you imagine the beautiful snowflakes you could make to hang off your tree using a mould like this one ….

Snowflake Silic.Mld

…..  although – these would look fabulous as card adornments – and the recipient would have a gift from you at the same time … a snowflake for their tree!  What a great card for a neighbour or for teacher at school!

BUT .. the fun doesn’t stop there with the Ranger Melting Pot … 

If you buy a project pan you can melt beeswax in your Melt Pot.  You must buy this project pan though – as the melt pot without the project pan gets too hot for beeswax – the addition of the project pan cools the temperature down to just the right amount for beeswax.

You could use the beeswax to make art from (for example) napkins.  Either make a canvas from a pretty napkin (single ply only – so separate the picture from the rest of the napkin, otherwise the napkin layers begin to bubble).  Or … you could decorate a candle and personalise it.

You can also use the Melt Pot to cure Fimo!

 

There is so much that you can do with this fabulous machine and I’ve only touched the surface of its talents.

I whole heartedly recommend this crafting tool.  But remember – just like you might have a microwave in your kitchen, or perhaps a potato masher maybe – you don’t use those tools every single day, so don’t expect to use your melt pot every day.  You’re a crafter, and that means that you’ll use various things, papers, cards, tools and your melt pot, as and when you need them/it.  And that’s ok to do that.  You might not use your heat gun every day, but you bought it!  You might not use your die cutting machine every day, but you have one and wouldn’t be without it.  It’s the same thing.

Finally ... I just want to add that I haven’t been paid to make this recommendation.  Nor have I been given any products or items;  no machine (I bought my own);  no UTEE crystals;  no moulds, or anything.  Nothing what-so-ever. 

My recommendation has been made purely on my own experience of my own Ranger Melting Pot … or  magic Cauldron (as I affectionately call it).

 

If you buy one .. then don’t sit and look at it for weeks, waiting to build up the courage to use it.  Get it out of the packaging, read the leaflet and then make something.  Just make something small.  Nothing that is going to stress you out, and nothing that you’ll expect anything big from.  Just make a tag or a card topper, or maybe a paper flower.  Make something.  Get used to it.  But most of all …. USE IT.  You’ll love it.  OH… and the best bit?  If you make something you don’t like, you can re-melt it and start again.

Fits my motto perfectly

If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you ever tried. 

Hey … it works for me!

Thanks for being here and for reading . . .

Cobs siggy sml

 

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The Armour of God – ‘Shield of Faith’ Pendant

The Armour of God - Shield of Faith Pendant.  handmade by Cobwebs at The cobweborium Emporium  https://thecobweboriumemporium.wordpress.com/

The Armour of God – Shield of Faith Pendant. handmade by Cobwebs at The Cobweborium Emporium https://thecobweboriumemporium.wordpress.com/

The Shield of Faith

I made this pendant for a young relative who is religious and who has always like this type of steampunk style jewellery.  She’s always been the one who stands out from the crowd, so I thought this combination of everything which speaks of her faith, combined with her love of the ‘alternative’ style of jewellery might just hit the spot.

 

Armour of God

tucked into the presentation box was this little book style leaflet which I put together, and which quotes the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians 6:10-18.  For those of you who may have just glazed over …  (lol) ..  if you want to understand what I’m going on about then perhaps check out Wikipedia, and in its search bar just put  ‘Armour of God’.  It will take you where you need to be in order to read. 

I didn’t want to start quoting biblical passages here as this isn’t a religious blog, it’s simply a post in my Craft blog, about an item of jewellery I’ve made, but it just happens to have a religious theme to the pendant.  (But if you’re not in the least bit religious – it’s just a great Steampunk pendant!)

I have to admit that I’m fairly new to my Ranger Melting Pot  (which I’ve christened  The Cauldron).  I bought it and then sat looking at it for several weeks, terrified of it.  It seemed so ‘major’.  Such a professional looking item which required someone with way more skill than I had.  But … eventually I talked myself into getting the darn thing out on my desk and plugging it in.  From that moment I was hooked.  AND HOW!!

If you’ve never used one, then I highly recommend it.  It’s the most fascinating, amazing, awe-inspiring bit of kit and you honestly don’t have to be a brain surgeon to get it working for you in the way you want it to work.  I’ll be making a post about this machine in the ‘Products I Recommend‘ category on my blog, very soon.  So if you are interested in possibly purchasing this bit of kit then check back and I’ll put together as comprehensive post about it as I can muster and get it up and ‘live’ by the end of this current week.

But .. back to the pendant:  The necklace which it hangs from is made from a length of velvet ribbon in a rich warm green (it had a posh name for the colour, but my memory is rubbish so that name has gone by the by).  I turned this length of ribbon into the necklace you see in the photograph by the addition of some jewellery ribbon ends – which are like little clamps with teeth which grip the ends of the ribbon so that it’s held firmly.  I added some jump rings and then two lobster claw clasps.  Voila – one necklace ready and waiting for a pendant.

  The pendant:  I did a rough sketch of what I had in mind and then set about making it.  I chose the hobnailed bezel you see in the photograph and then searched through my stash for a cross which was the right shape and size to fit into that bezel.  Once I’d found it, I then wanted to make it ‘glow’ in such a way that it showed clearly through the poured liquid which was to complete the pendant.  So I used some Cosmic Shimmer glitter and flake Glue which I dabbed all over the cross, waited just a moment or two for it to get to a tacky stage and then covered the cross in a mix of silver, rose gold and yellow gold gilding flakes, so that it had a multi toned effect – but you couldn’t really see where one colour finished and the other began.

Then it was time to turn on the Melt Pot(hears the notes to The Twilight Zone in the background)….   Into the Cauldron Melt Pot I poured some clear Cosmic Shimmer Ultra Thick Embossing Crystals – not too much, but enough to make what I guessed was enough to fill up the bezel and then a little more, just to be on the safe side.

I added some inks – Cosmic Shimmer Melt Inks,  … don’t use any other inks in your melt pot because other inks aren’t meant for the Ranger Melting Pot and if you get the wrong inks then the whole molten liquid can explodeyou have been warned, –  which, because I used CLEAR Ultra thick crystals, the inks simply coloured the clear [now] liquid in the melt pot.  The colour remained transparent but the more ink you use, the deeper the colour gets.  I then added a little pearl shimmer ultra thick crystals, which gave the liquid a look as if some sort of magic was happening somewhere in that mix.

I poured a small amount of the hot molten liquid into the triangle bezel and quick as I could, I then ‘set’ the cross into that tiny bit of liquid while it was still in its ‘un-set’ state.  I needed to do this so that the cross was held in the place where I wanted it to be, so that it didn’t float around the bezel when I poured more liquid on the top.  I gave it a moment or two to cool off and then I sprinkled some tiny specks of gold gilding flakes over the inside of the bezel and then carefully poured more of the molten liquid over the cross and carefully filled up the bezel to just the right level so that it was domed a little, but not so that it was close to over-flowing.  All I had to do then was wait.  Not long.  Just wait a little while for the whole thing to cool down – which honestly doesn’t take long at all.  Maximum ten/15 minutes for it to be totally cold.

And there you have it.  One Steampunk pendant … or pendant with a religious theme (depending upon which way you want to look at it).

There is a little more to the Cauldron  Ranger Melting Pot which you need to know if you’re going to invest in one.  Either click to ‘follow’ me (that way you’ll get an email when I post something new on here) so that you won’t miss out on the post in ‘Products I Recommend’ which will be about the Melt Pot, or remember to keep popping back and checking my blog out so that you don’t miss it.

Have a great day all  ~

Cobs siggy sml

Welcome to The Cobweborium Emporium, where crafting and handmade items are the main event.

. . .  ‘inthe beginning’  was the start of the journey  . . .

links hands in front of herself; 
looks down at her shoes
Feels the start of a hot blush coming to her cheeks. 
Takes a deep breath in and says loud and proud  . . .

 

“Hello my name is Cobwebs,  and I’m a Crafter.”

 

There, that’s my confession out of the way,    –  now we can all sit down and eat cakes.  YUM!

I’ve been a arty farty crafty all my life.  From painting on a large scale, (spring flowers in a grassy meadow – on a school reception wall), right down to very small scale ATC’s which are miniature works of art measuring just  2 1⁄2 by 3 1⁄2 inches (or 64 mm × 89 mm in metric measurements).

Amongst many things I love to craft, make and work with,  are:

  • hand crafted greeting cards.
  • needle felting so relaxing – and amazing too!  But painful if you get a bit cocky and look at the TV while doing it.  (don’t do that – it hurts!);
  • Ranger Melting Pot  known here in the Emporium as  ‘The Cauldron‘.
  • Polymer Clay –  from the tiniest of flowers and Fairy Shoes (yes – fairy sized shoes) all the way up to long 12″ in length wands, a mixture of wood and clay and various ‘adornments’.

But  . . .   there’s more than just the few things I’ve listed above. 

Please take a look around here on the Cobweborium Emporium blog  – and perhaps even click to *Follow Me*,  just by:-  simply clicking the button over to the right, towards the top of the page.  By doing that you’ll get an email to tell you when I’ve added something to the blog which you might like to take a peep at.  (Yes, it’s that simple! You just click to follow me and then enter your email address.  You won’t receive spam or rubbish,  just an email to tell you a couple of lines about the new article I’ve posted on the blog here,  and a link to click if you want to, which will take you straight to the new article!)

I plan to put as much effort in as possible into this ‘ere blog  and hopefully have a little fun with everyone at the same time too  … and I hope to bring you something(s) that you perhaps you might not have seen before as well.     Oh . . .  and you can leave comments too on this blog,  so feel free to introduce yourself and say hello.  I’d love to get to know the folks who are reading. 

  Have a truly blessed rest of your day!  ~   

Cobs siggy sml

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