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    I have ironed and cut some beautiful Asian fabrics from my stash for the microwave bowl warmers. My question is; with the metallic print will there be problems in the microwave? I am using the recommended Warm Tater Batting and plan to make and use one in the microwave for five minutes for a test. Does anyone have experience with this?
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    I don't but will watch this post for answers :)

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    Put a cup of water in the microwave with a piece of the fabric and see what it would do.

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    can you test a piece of the fabric alone in the microwave?

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    My first thought was not to use metallic as it is metal and an electricity conductor so I searched and here I found 3 articles
    ~Baking Potato Bag~ - Threads

    Jan 30, 2009 ... 2 pieces of cotton fabric 11″ x 22″ (cotton with no metallic) ... embroider, applique, do all kind of things as long as you stay away from synthetics and metallics, which won't work well in the microwave! ... Add Comment Print ...

    www.threadsmagazine.com/item/5585/baking-potato-bag - Similarto ~Baking Potato Bag~ - Threads
    Microwave Cozies | Frugal Families

    Do NOT use any metallic fabrics. Yes, it's important enough to repeat! These need to go in the microwave and you know how microwaves and metal are. ...

    www.frugal-families.com/microwave-cozies.htm - Similarto Microwave Cozies | Frugal Families
    How to Make a Rice Filled Stress Ball | eHow.com

    Print this article. Related Searches: If you are ... Do not use metallic fabrics or threads if you intend to microwave the stress ball. Suggest item. Read Next: Print ..

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    There's a difference between metallic THREADS in fabric and metallic LOOKING fabric. What looks like gold, etc could just be the screen print that LOOKS like metal. I suggest you try a piece of ANY fabric in the microwave before using for a potato bag. JMHO

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    I know you say try the fabric - but what is the outcome you want? I mean what is the outcome if it doesnt work?

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    Or what if it blows up the microwave.....hmmmmmm

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarrieC
    I know you say try the fabric - but what is the outcome you want? I mean what is the outcome if it doesnt work?
    I guess it would set of sparks if it didn't work.

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    Put one in and see what it does. A lot of that fabric paint doesn't really have metal in it.

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    Gorgeous fabrics!!!

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    I would be afraid to use them - but if you do and it works I would love to know.

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    I'm watching this 'cause I would like to know.

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    Gorgeous fabrics! I wish I could help you with an answer, but I really don't know. I agree that I would put a piece of the fabric in and give it a go...standing close by...
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    I wouldn't want to take the chance, but that's just me.

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    I've done it..don't use it in microwave..lol..trust me on this !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by applique
    I have ironed and cut some beautiful Asian fabrics from my stash for the microwave bowl warmers. My question is; with the metallic print will there be problems in the microwave? I am using the recommended Warm Tater Batting and plan to make and use one in the microwave for five minutes for a test. Does anyone have experience with this?
    Don't know if the fabric would be microwave safe or not. If it isn't safe you will hear 'snaps' or 'pops', and possibly see sparking. However, you could always microwave the bowl and then remove it with pot holders and put it into your bowl warmer to hold it. Kinda defeats part of the purpose by not heating the bowl in the warmer but it will still protect your hands and table after the bowl is warmed.

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    I wouldn't take the chance. I have a coffee mug with a gold rim. I know it is not gold since it was a free mug from a grand opening at some store. When I tried to put it in the microwave the sparks started to fly. If you decide to try it, you should put a bowl with some water in it. You shouldn't put something dry in the oven without some sort of liquid. I read that somewhere sometime ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Crafter
    There's a difference between metallic THREADS in fabric and metallic LOOKING fabric. What looks like gold, etc could just be the screen print that LOOKS like metal. I suggest you try a piece of ANY fabric in the microwave before using for a potato bag. JMHO
    GOOD metallic paint has METAL in it...

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    those fabrics look like kona bay and no you can't use them in the microwave they tested them at the LQS i used to teach at and it wasn't pretty.

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    Beautiful fabrics. Just wanted to tell you that. I hope they are all right in the microwave. I don't have the answers.

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    The metallic will spark & catch fire.

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    I would just try it for about 10 sec if it is going to spark you will know and can shut it off.

    How many of us have accidently put a fork or spoon or foil in the microwave and caught it after the first few sparks and pops? It did not blow up your microwave then.

    The fabric is "paint" with gold it does not have real "gold" on it. I would bet your fabric will work just fine and be beautiful gifts.

    CAT

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    There is no way I would put ANYTHING metalic in the microwave. Just replaced mine because I did not pay attention to a silver border. Unless you know for a fact that your metalic fabric potato bags won't blow up in your friends ovens I would use that beautiful fabric for something else. What if several ovens blew up and they expected you to replace. The thought is so horrible I hope you do not make them pretty.

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    Not all metallic looking objects have issues in the microwave. I have a couple of coffee cups that have no issue; the coffee heats up and the handle stays cool. Do the test; make sure there is moisture in the microwave when doing it. Since you'll be using it with a potato; then I'd let that be the moisture part; if you use a cup of water which will be more moisture than you would have with a potato then you might get different results. The fabric is great.

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