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Andrew hit the remote to start their planned Babylon 5 marathon. The menu screen had just appeared when he froze the DVD. "What the hell is that?"

Xander blinked in bafflement at the unexpected derailing of his thoughts and it took a moment before he realised that Andrew was talking about the object on their coffee table.

"The girls got it for me when they graduated, but I think they got a bit confused with their terminology and thought I liked little plastic men."

"They got you a bowl made from melted army men? An interesting misconception, but oddly endearing."


open_on_sundaychallenge #202: super or bowl or super bowl
Part of the London!verse


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5th Feb, 2007 09:25 (UTC)
Ha! Gotta love those girls! ;-))
5th Feb, 2007 09:38 (UTC)
Well, I'd appreciate a bowl made from little plastic men, but it's probably not to everyone's tastes. Still, beats cheap aftershave.
5th Feb, 2007 19:07 (UTC)
It wouldn't be impossible. I knew an elderly woman whose father had made a bowl, I think it was ceramic, in which he'd imbeded buttons and marbles, family trinkets. It was really cool. So, if you really wanted one I'm sure you could have one.
5th Feb, 2007 20:29 (UTC)
I've embedded stuff in pottery before, but you need to take the kiln temperature into account. Glass fragments are brilliant, but plastics can be mucky and they stink. No so big an issue if it's your kiln, but if you're sharing it, you tend to piss the other people off.

There's a designer who sells the war bowls for obscene amounts of money. All I'd need it a couple of pyrex bowls to sandwich the army men between and a spare microwave. Or a blowtorch. Mmm... melty.
5th Feb, 2007 20:51 (UTC)
Didn't think about kilns. What about plaster of paris? Is it still called that? No stinky kilns, but you'd have to coat it with something protective and to keep it moisture free. Or paper mache`? I think you'd have the same deal with it, re: coating and protecting.

See now I'm thinking crafty. ;-))
5th Feb, 2007 20:53 (UTC)
Just had another, albeit costly, thought. If you could get your hands on some old tin or lead soldiers you might have more options. (I have no idea how they would hold up in a kiln.)
5th Feb, 2007 21:02 (UTC)
Tin and lead have really low melting points, so may lose all integrity in the kiln.

I have tooled around with metal inclusions, but it was ages ago and I can't remember what behaved the best. I seem to remember that aluminium can explode under certain conditions (air bubbles in molds?) but that was in relation to foundry work not kiln work.
5th Feb, 2007 11:11 (UTC)
It's definitely a conversation piece! :)
5th Feb, 2007 11:41 (UTC)
Being as I love to melt plastic, I've often been tempted to take a crack at one of these myself.
5th Feb, 2007 21:00 (UTC)
Checked out the bowl. That is neat. Doesn't look that hard. Wonder if you could do it in your oven? Microwave? If you can do it in a microwave all you need is a ten dollar Sally Ann oven and Bob's your uncle!
6th Feb, 2007 09:02 (UTC)
I've never heard of this before; it's pretty cool.

But no one's touching my 30 year old WWII soldiers!
6th Feb, 2007 10:41 (UTC)
That's what the $2 bag of little plastic men is for. I was standing in the supermarket last week staring a bag of them and contemplating their demise.
7th Feb, 2007 00:31 (UTC)
My old soldiers are nothing better than a $2 bag of plastic men, too. They're so old that they might have some worth, I suppose, but mostly it's just sentimentality.
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