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A lot of time has passed and a lot of things have happened, so let’s do a little recap.
I was practising to do the one at a time method like I explained in my previous reactions, but I figured something…. I’m totally not good with my hands.
So. I started looking at the extrusion.. but that won’t make an instant bead and I don’t want to do a lot of work for just one bracelet.
So I was back to nothing and I started thinking about another way.
And I came back to the idea of making an injection machine and use a mould to produce my beads right away. I also want to start making a small production of all kinds of product and I think the injection machine is the right machine to start with.
I found someone who helped me building the injection machine (look at the picture) and I’m waiting for the electronics to arrive so I can finish it.
Right now I’m looking for a company who can help me design and produce the perfect mould (somewhere in the EU and not that pricy). So if you guys know someone please leave it down bellow.
I will keep you updated
I got my heat gun and I started making my first beads. Quick note: It’s harder then it looks like on the video 😉
My first beads were a bid badly formed and I burned my fingers some times. (Gonna use gloves for now on)
Thank you for the 2 videos. the first one was really helpful!!
So I came up with 2 methods:
The one-at-a-time method like in the video
The mass production with an Extruder method
I visualized the process in the picture below. Follow the numbers 😉
The one-at-a-time method:
You follow the instructions in the video of Donald.
1. You take some plastic
2. You heat it with a heat gun to a ball
3. You have your bead
Downside is that it will take a lot of time to make a lot of beads. And you need to learn how to do it.
The Extruder method:
1. You put the quantity of plastic in the extruder and let it do its work
2. You must a cutting meganism on the extruder to cut the plastic in the quantity you want (will take some time to get that going)
3. The balls fall in a bucket of water to cool down.
4. You use a het pen to make the holes in the balls
5. You put the beads on a iron pin and use a heat gun to retouch if needed.
6. You have a lot of beads fast
The downside is that you have to invest in the extruder, heat gun and heat pen. The upside is that you have a lot of beads fast. For me who wants to make a lot of bracelets this is the best process.
I’m going to play with the one-at-a-time method and create my own beads. Maybe I’ll get some ideas to do it faster.
P.S. In the other picture below you’ll see my design of the bracelet I want to make. What do you think?
They look awesome! What method or what kind of machine did you use to make these beads?
I’m trying to start my idea of making necklaces with recycled plastic. Do you have an idea of how to make the beads for the necklaces in an easy and large way?