Melt Art Melting Pot
Here are a few Tips and Techniques for using The Melting Pot®, UTEE and various additives. We hope this helps you become a fantastic MELT ARTartist!
By Suze Weinberg
What's in the box?
Beside the pot.....THERE'S A LID IN THERE!!! Many people have thrown away the packaging and, with it,....ta dah... THE LID!
There is also a booklet which contains a registration form for you to fill out and mail it back. If anything ever goes wrong with your Melting Pot, Ranger can than help you out.
Melting Pot® Tips
The Melting Pot is designed with a BUILT-IN TEFLON PAN. This pan houses the heating element underneath and is NOT removable.
When you first plug in your pot, the GREEN light will come on to tell you there is electricity going to it. The RED light goes on and off, cycling as the temperature fluxuates.
UTEE needs to melt at the highest setting (340 degrees F). You should always use the lid when you are not pouring. It keeps in the heat and keeps out the dust.
MOST IMPORTANTLY- ALWAYS work over the Non-stick Craft Sheet. It is a glass infused Teflon sheet and nothing sticks to it.
Adding UTEE & FLEX
The word "MAX" is etched into the built-in pan. You generally want to fill your pot with UTEE right to this line. This is the most efficient way of working.
You can add the UTEE FLEX during the melting process or after the UTEE has melted (it doesn't matter).
The FLEX scoop comes vacuum-packed in the jar of UTEE FLEX.
UTEE comes in a variety of colors: Clear, White, Black, Pearl, Gold, Platinum, Bronze, Interference Blue, Red Hot Red, Violet, Green Zinnia, Fuchsia, Blue Iris, Sunflower Yellow and Tiger Lily.
It is important that you DO NOT STIR WHILE MELTING. This creates air bubbles. Just have patience and let everything melt on its own. Then you may stir gently using the Non-stick Kool Toolz Spatula.
If you have some leftover UTEE in your pot and you're not ready to turn it off or clean it out, add a scoopful of other colors and cover till they melt.
Don't stir them. Let them melt and stay in their individual spots. Then, sprinkle in a tiny drop of White UTEE and use the tip of your Kool Tool Spatula to gently marble the colors. Next, pour out the entire mixture on your Non-stick Craft Sheet and put a cookie cutter into it. Remember you have so many UTEE colors to choose from. Tthe combinations are endless!
Using "To Dye For" as an Additive
TO DYE FOR is a heat ink additive designed to cook at high temperatures. It is NOT a dye or a pigment ink refill. TO DYE FOR was designed to be used with Clear UTEE, White UTEE and/or Pearl UTEE. You may get a different look with all of them.
Squeeze just a small amount of this thick, (sometimes gooey), additive into your pot of melted UTEE. Then stir it thoroughly with the KOOL TOOLZ SPATULA (which is both heat resistant & non stick). To Dye For colors can be intermixed. 3-4 drops of Magenta mixed with one drop of Blue will make Purple, and so on.
When mixed and stirred thoroughly into clear melted UTEE, TO DYE FOR will create a transparent, almost stained glass look. When mixed in with White or Pearl UTEE it creates a soft pastel look, or you can stir gently to form a marbled pattern.
Using "To Dye For" with White Opaque UTEE
Try adding white UTEE! You can add WHITE UTEE to any "To Dye For" color that you've made. By adding White, you can turn the transparently colored UTEE into an Opaque color and lighten it a bit.
To Dye For comes in 6 bright colors. All of them can be mixed into Clear, White or Pearl UTEE after it has melted in the pot. All of them can be changed into a "Faux Stone" color by simply adding White UTEE to Clear UTEE mixed with a To Dye For color.
Using "Mold n' Pour "
Included in the Melt Art line is a two-part silicone molding putty called Mold n' Pour . It is so simple to use! The package comes with a purple putty and a white putty. You simply use an equal amount of both. Knead them togther in your hands for no more than 20-30 seconds to form a solid purple color with NO white streaks. Then, press this ball of purple putty on ANY object you wish to mold (think charms, statues, pins, broaches, etc....it is harmelss to almost everything) and wait 7-10 minutes for it to become a hardened mold.
Once hardened it can be used over and over till eternity! But, It can never be changed. You can fill your silicone mold with UTEE, soap, candle wax, paper clay, polymer clay (which you can also bake in the mold), plaster, butter and even chocolate. Just keep your mold dedicated to whatever you use it for. Don't mix craft products with food products.
UTEE will harden in the mold within 1-2 minutes and be ready to wear as a pin or adhere to a card.
Cleaning is Simple
Leave the pot on the highest temperture setting. Use the Kool Toolz Spatula to scrape out as much as you can on to the Non-Stick Craft Sheet.
Let the UTEE harden on the Non-stick Craft Sheet. Save it in a baggie so that you can may re-melt it another time.
Using paper towels, wipe the pot out thoroughly until there isn't a speck of UTEE left. Turn off the pot.
TIP -When your pot is brand new, the UTEE will pop right out of it, with no help, after it cools down. However, after many uses it's best to follow the directions above.