Tips and Techniques

 Yeah!  We are finally adding our technique for using the shaping tool.  These images will show how thin of a coil of material will be removed while using the shaping tool.  And, yes, the blade is made to pivot to allow you to travel an interior curve without repositioning the tool or the piece.

Shaping tool and Bracelet BlankInterior curve workOutside edgePivoiting and not moving tool or pieceAdditonal view of outer edge




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fauxbone December 13, 2008 at 1:29 am

Hi Leslie,
Thanks for your question. I have had success with heating the material in a toaster oven set at around 265 degrees and have not noticed any fumes. You may wish to wrap your piece of Faux Bone in aluminum foil while heating since this will hold the heat it and speed the heating. You may also try spot heating the material with an embossing gun. As you know, oven temperatures vary and your oven may run a little hotter, I suggest trying a toaster oven since the heating area is much smaller.
Please let me know if you have any further questions.

Leslie MCQuaide December 12, 2008 at 8:20 pm

I need to find a safe way to heat 1/4″ thick sheets without burning the exterior. I am imbedding an object into the material and need to be able to press the object into the surface so that the faux bone conforms to the outline of the object. I have tried my kitchen oven at 250 Fbut the fumes were extremely irritating to my nose and throat so I stoppee the process. I then placed the sheet in my kiln set on low with the lid propped open. That was soon difficult to control and I was afraid of overheating the exterior while the interior remained rigid.
Today I am testing whether I can soften the 1/4″ sheet in an oil on top of my stove…..

fauxbone February 11, 2008 at 4:06 pm

I have a great tip for removing unwanted sticky residue from your Faux Bone if you want to keep the shiny finish. Rub a little creamy peanut butter on the residue and it will come right off!

Lynn Edmonds January 13, 2008 at 5:05 pm

Yes I would like to submit a photo of what I have made – I am very excited about this product and the possibilities – by the way I have just bought a fret saw – the blade is a little rough but the saw is great with its big head you do not have to keep drilling the sheet and insterted the blade as the bid head of the saw gives you enough clearance to keep cutting all the way through the sheet.

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