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Old 10-09-2012, 07:14 AM   #1
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Anybody here have this tool? Do you use it often, and for what? I'm not a scrapbooker, mainly a greeting card-er. Bought some UTEE once, thinking it might be used for a glossy finish, then realized it's more complicated. I haven't bought a melting pot, but am a fool for tools in general, just wanted to hear from someone who has this gizmo. Apologies if the topic has been addressed earlier. Thanks! -Suz
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:48 AM   #2
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I purchased one (long ago). I think I used it exactly once, perhaps twice. It wasn't quite the easiest thing to use IMO though I had great hopes for it. I also felt like my clear EP turned yellow when I used it.
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:24 AM   #3
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Fellow tool junkie, also purchased it and used it once. I want to make time to try more techniques with it, though.

The UTEE did turn yellow in it - It wasn't noticeable on the project, but it certainly was after I let it solidify and took it back out of the pot.

Somehow I'm thinking that if I purchase some of the extra pans for it, that I'll get more use out of it. But realistically, probably not
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I love my Melt Pot. I don't have space to leave it out but when I get it out I love to play with it. Ranger has a ton of videos with great techniques: Melt Art | Ranger Ink and Innovative Craft Products
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:54 PM   #5
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I use it for the little frames ranger makes for jewelry. You can put a picture in them and pour the utee right over it to fill the frame and the picture looks like its under glass. Like she said Ranger has a ton of video!
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I wonder if I can find mine? Got it years ago and used it a few times way back but it's not on my "go-to" tools list.
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I love mine, don't use it often enough. You can get coloured UTEE and you can add colours to your clear UTEE.

You can use your UTEE with a heat gun too.

The image above was stamped in melted UTEE using the melt pot.
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I just got one and was a bit intimidated about actually firing it up. Then I saw this card and had to try it. It was pretty simple, although a bit of trial and error. I watched a few videos to get the hang of it first. I don't have pictures of mine, but they turned out pretty well.
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That is gorgeous, I have a real leaf I stamped into UTEE, well not the leaf the impression it left, the leaf is long gone. It has got a bit battered over time, I didn't ever use it on a card, it was too beautiful to use now it is too late.
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I just got one and was a bit intimidated about actually firing it up. Then I saw this card and had to try it. It was pretty simple, although a bit of trial and error. I watched a few videos to get the hang of it first. I don't have pictures of mine, but they turned out pretty well.
How was this done using the melting pot. I want to get mine out right now and try it. With the leaves turning around here, it would be perfect timing!
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I too have a pot & don't use it very often. Yes, your clear UTEE will yellow - especially if you leave it heating for long. Just the nature of the beast.
It is excellent for pouring a puddle and stamping into (rubber only, clear might melt) to get a sort of seal. Once cool you can adhere to c/s like most embellies or you can heat the bottom with your heat gun & melt it to paper. There are also some GORGEOUS molds out there, check out After Midnight for molds and Opals (a different UTEE with amazing colors). You can do so many cool things with either dipping (I assume that's how the leaf was done) objects into your clear/colored UTEE or pouring or adding inclusions or, or, or....
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I love my melting pot and recently made some jewelry with it. I put a piece of craft mat down in the pot, put a washer or something metal on that, left it heat and then put embossing powder on top of the metal, when that melted I added other metal items (flowers, butterflies etc). Then I put a thick coat of clear Utee on top of that and left melt. So fun.
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How was this done using the melting pot. I want to get mine out right now and try it. With the leaves turning around here, it would be perfect timing!
It is actually watercolor paper and re-inkers, not real leaves - here is my version . I linked in my gallery to the directions in the gallery of the inspiration card. She used Versamark and UTEE, but I just dipped my paper leaves in the melting pot and then sort of wiped them along a teflon craft mat. Hen if anything did not look right, I held the leaf with tweezers and reheated with a heat gun just a bit. It was actually pretty easy. Just make sure you have enough UTEE in the pot to dip into.
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It is actually watercolor paper and re-inkers, not real leaves - here is my version . I linked in my gallery to the directions in the gallery of the inspiration card. She used Versamark and UTEE, but I just dipped my paper leaves in the melting pot and then sort of wiped them along a teflon craft mat. Hen if anything did not look right, I held the leaf with tweezers and reheated with a heat gun just a bit. It was actually pretty easy. Just make sure you have enough UTEE in the pot to dip into.
Thank you so much for the info. I can't wait to give it a try.
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I love my melting pot and recently made some jewelry with it. I put a piece of craft mat down in the pot, put a washer or something metal on that, left it heat and then put embossing powder on top of the metal, when that melted I added other metal items (flowers, butterflies etc). Then I put a thick coat of clear Utee on top of that and left melt. So fun.
Amazing! You do beautiful work!
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Old 10-17-2012, 12:30 PM   #16
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I bought my Melting Pot years ago, and use it quite often- for all sorts of things. It has been one of my more useful tools, and I wouldn't give it up for anything or anyone. It is great to melt all sorts of things. As well as UTEE I also use a second tray on top for melting wax... So many uses and a lot of ideas are on line, so just look 'em up...
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Dipping shrink plastic shapes into the hot UTEE makes very cool charms.

You can bake polymer clay in it.

Reserve a spare project pan for chocolate/candy melts.
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I bought one last month with all kinds of ideas! I have yet to use it yet. Hopefully soon!
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Decorate chipboard shapes and dip in UTEE to make jewelry or embellishments.
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Dipping shrink plastic shapes into the hot UTEE makes very cool charms.

You can bake polymer clay in it.
Very interesting. How do you bake it, and what setting do you use? Thanks.
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Very interesting. How do you bake it, and what setting do you use? Thanks.
Can I use the Melting Pot and a Project Pan for polymer clay?


Yes, using a Project Pan in the Melting Pot is a great way to cure polymer clay without burning the bottom of the clay piece. Place the clay directly in the Project Pan. (If you donít want the back of the clay piece that touches the pan to be shiny, put a piece of polyester batting cut to fit inside the pan before placing the clay in it.) Heat the Melting Pot to the UTEE setting (360 degrees). Since you are using the Project Pan, it will diffuse the heat to a lower temperature (about 265).

Depending upon the clay manufacturer's instructions, the rule of thumb is one quarter inch of clay takes 20 minutes. It is a good idea to have a thermometer handy to check the temperature of 265 as you would with your toaster oven as well - this assures that the clay is baked at the proper temperature so that the plasticizers built into the clay are baked out and that the cured clay is not brittle.

Video: Using the Melting Pot as an Oven for Polymer Clay Tutorial - YouTube
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Very cool! Thanks, Vic.
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Very cool! Thanks, Vic.
You're very welcome!
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