I am lucky enough to be a HomeRight Ambassador and I get to use their products to make awesome things including today's project :)
When I was growing up my mom had gorgeous antique ornaments. She also had handblown glass icicles that she hung on the tree with them. They were my absolute favorite! I haven't even attempted to look for them since I don't dare put them on my tree. I have 4 boys and that is just asking for it. But while I was working on another plexiglass project for my book, the thought came to be that I could make some out of plastic! So I did :)
I used the HomeRight Heat Gun to make them and I swear it is easier than you might think!
I bought a thin (⅛ inch) 8 x 10 plexiglass sheet. They are around $5 I think. I also bought a plexiglass knife that was hanging just above where the sheets of plexiglass were at Home Depot. It was around $4.
You will need something to act as the straight edge to cut against.
I placed the ruler along the edge creating a long triangle shape. I scored it about 5 times. After that I used needle nosed pliers to snap it off. If it doesn't snap easily you will need to score it a little more.
You will now need to grab some thick leather gloves and a heat gun.
Hold the plexiglass with a gloved hand and the heat gun with the other. Heat only the top little bit. It will only take a little bit to get it soft. I did about 3 seconds on one side and 3 second on the other side. Then set the heat gun down on a concrete surface (or another surface that will not be damaged from the heat from the gun).
Twist the top part of the plexiglass and blow on it for a few seconds to cool it down.
Heat the next little section the same way as before.
And then twist it again and blow to cool it. Repeat this process until you reach the end. You may get a few tiny bubbles if you heat the plexiglass too much but I think it looks neat that way so don't sweat it. If you remember, I added bubbles to my plexiglass bowl on purpose because I like the look.
Once it has been twisted the entire length, it is time to drill a hole. If you don't already have a tiny drill bit, they are about $2 for a 2 pack.
Then I used fishing line to hang them.
They each took about 10 minutes start to finish. I love the way they look on our tree and the fact that they won't shatter if they fall is even better.
Other uses for the Heat Gun:
*Removing old paint
*Removing bumper sticker or stickers on other surfaces
*Making Crème brûlée
*Shrink wrap (gifts, products, windows)
*Thaw frozen pipes
*Upholstering something in Vinyl
*Heating floor adhesive for easier removal
Now I get to giveaway a HomeRight Digital Temperature Heat Gun to one lucky reader!
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*Must be 18 years or older and a resident of the USA at the time of the contest. Giveaway will run from December 17, 2014 until December 29, 2014. The winner will be chosen via random.org and notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. The prize will be shipped by HomeRight.
I am part of the HomeRight ambassador program. I am compensated for my time in reviewing/using the products and writing/promoting the posts. The thoughts, opinions, and project ideas are all mine!
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