I researched the different methods some what I they definitely had the best technique to guarantee a perfect bowl.
Following the girls' instructions, I preheated the oven to 200 degrees and got all three ingredients together; An oven proof dish, oil and little plastic beads. My niece calls them 'Hannah Beads..'
I rubbed the inner of the dish with a bit of oil; this makes the beads stick before melting and also help with removal once finished! Painstakingly, I sorted the beads to get colours to match the planned peacock scheme of the new university house living room. During sorting I just dropped them into the oiled dishand pressed so they were one layer, slowly inching them up the sides.
Then I put it in the oven and waited. Impatiently.
When it looked nice and melted I removed it from the oven and left to cool.
Once cold, it slipped neatly out of the metal bowl.
Perfect for keys, jewellery, spare change, most little things actually. I showed my nine year old niece, and then we got a bit carried away...
The cheeky cigar shape one was an experiment to see if I could make a cake stand. Turns out I need more beads but its a possibility. To make the shape, roll grease proof paper around your finger so it is cylindrical, fill with beads and fold up, then bake on a heat on a baking tray. Also use the melting style on a big and small plate. Fix together with the cigar shape (somehow) and you have a melted bead cake stand! Not sure how sturdy it will be though, might need three or four, its just an idea!
Also made 2 individual lasagne dish shapes and a family size lasagne dish shape. Filled with crafty bits ready for moving!
I advise this craft (with kids to justify it maybe) for an unmotivated day, I felt really accomplished and went on to do lots of other things in one day. I'm such a child.