Melt Pot Marvels

I had a very happy day yesterday at my Hels Sheridan Melt Pot workshop at Art From The Heart in Harrogate. Hels is a brilliant teacher who instils confidence and packs her workshop full of techniques, she’s also very generous with her provision of supplies. I got to meet and know 13 other lovely ladies who were taking part and there was also guest appearance by that other crafting goddess, Dyan Reavely.


This picture was taken at the end of the day and I made sure I was well out of the frame, although you can see my uncharachteristically tidy place second on the right. Now let me show you what I made:


This was all about the Melt Pot, I piece of crafting kit I have had in my possession for some time but have never even taken out of the packaging. And do you know what? It really wasn’t that difficult.


We started by applying paint to one medium and one small canvas using a palette knife. First a coat of ivory, which was heat dried, then smears of two other colours – I used blues.


We used the tissue technique for the stamping, but instead of applying a collage of images, the tissue was cut to the size of each canvas and then stamped as one piece. There was a huge choice of stamps and I think mine were a mix of Tim Holtz and Wendy Vecchi.


Then it was time for the Melt Pot and melted beeswax. First, the melted wax , which, by the way, smells divine, was applied to the canvas and then the tissue piece laid over the top. Next, you use a heat gun which melts the undercoat of wax. At the same time you brush on a coat of wax over the top. Finally, we added extra wax to selected areas using a brush and also by letting drips of wax run down the canvas. You can give it all a buff at this stage but we applied a dusting of mica powder before hand. Black paint was applied to the sides of each canvas using a piece of cut and dry foam.


Next, we moved on to UTEE. Hels had a selection of flowers and a little stamped butterfly for us to dip and coat with clear UTEE. Then we added green dye to the clear and dipped some die cut leaves. I added a bit of black paint to mine.




Finally, we added gold, bronze, pewter, black and white embossing powders to the UTEE in the pan, marbled it, and used the mix to pour into moulds and also on to texture treads and cut out shapes from it with a cutter. You can see the little bird I made, but in the end I didn’t use my hear, I shall save that for another occasion. Once the Melt Pot was cleaned up we also used it to heat embossing powders that had been added to into little hat pins.



Then it was just a question of using hot glue to arrange everything.


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I was very happy with my piece but, as usual, I liked everybody else’s more!! Now I know that what I need to do next is to fly solo with my own Melt Pot as soon as possible. Hopefully the Easter break might present an opportunity for me to do that and I may see if I can share some photo’s of a step-by step.


Thanks for buzzing by.



Melt Pot Marvels — 25 Comments

  1. Beautiful piece, I love my melting pot and yooh you are so right the smell of the beeswax… I love dripping over my work, but I will try your tissue techniek as well, thanks for sharing your experience. Ruth aka lerusho

  2. This is a lovely step by step explanation. You clearly had a lot of fun learning so many techniques. So pleased your own melt pan will come out of its wrapping now! Lol

  3. Thanks for sharing.I also have a melting pot and have not tested it..Now I will try the tissue techniques. I really liked how you dipped the flowers. Were these silk?

    • Hi Lesline – you really have to try it and actually starting with the beeswax and tissue is a good start. The flowers were paper and although we used the UTEE Hels also had some with beeswax. Let me know if you try it 🙂

    • It was terrific and thank you for taking time to leave a comment Camille. Will try and include some photo’s when I fly solo!

  4. You clearly enjoyed yesterday and your canvass looks amazing. The little bird is gorgeous and I love the effect you get from dipping embellishments into UTEE.

    Dionne xx

    • Thank you Gill – If you can get on a workshop with Hels I would but also beeswax is the way to go. Let me know if you try it 🙂

  5. Holy Mackerel, did you ever do a FABULOUS job on this!!! You’re a woman after my own heart; I love blue also. I love the way those flowers came out; were they paper or fabric? And I love the hatpin idea. Maybe a melt pot is in my future after all 🙂
    Thank you so much for the tutorial; now all your faithful blog friends can give it a try! I must say that all the ladies in the class looked like they’d be fun to work with. AND Dyan Reavely, too?! Did you get her autograph for me?
    Enjoy your beautiful new art!

    • Thank you so much Roberta. The flowers were all paper and I think the hatpins are designed specifically for Melt Pot Projects. I’d like to try filling one now but it’s because they are small we did it by putting the powders in before melting. Did you know you can use a Melt Pot for baking Fimo type clay and also for shrink plastic projects??? I am going back to Art from the Heart for a different workshop at the end of April and if Dyan is there I will ask her to sign!! She is lovely – I did one of her workshops one time and also bumped into her on a train!!!

  6. This is so gorgeous. I might just have to rethink getting rid of moulds I have, stamps, so many other art tools. I know I won’t make something as gorgeous as yours but you’ve inspired me to give it a try at least. I have 2 melting pots I’ve never used. How I’d love to be able to attend a workshop like that. To meet other ladies and learn.
    I wish you had been in photo so I could see whom I’m talking to on comments.
    I have lots of embossing powders I haven’t used in years, time to get them back out and try them along with some great art stamps. I’ll look into using some beeswax. There are classes I could attend in Grand Junction for free since I’m a senior, I’ll have to look into it. Happy days

    • Thank you. Definitely worth finding beeswax, a great way to start off with the Melt Pot – hope you try it. Always good when workshops are fun – I always worry that people might be unfriendly but so far it hasn’t happened. 🙂

  7. I am so envious ,lovely work ,I tried to get into the workshop and was so disappointed when the places had all gone ,will Hels be at Harrogate again .

  8. This is stunning! I love all the techniques you featured with the wax, embossing powders, and tissue, the result is truly stunning! That must have been fun to meet Hels Sheridan too, how fortunate for you! ~Diane

  9. Oh my gosh, this is adorable, I dont know what a melting pot is but if I could make something this gorgeous then I would try it. But I know I dont have your eye and talent. Love this so much. cant wait to see what you come up with again

    • Thank you. I think you would like the Melt Pot – it’s a Ranger product and it is very versatile. I’m planning on setting it up over the weekend 🙂

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