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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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Colorizing Friendly Plastic Pellets with Embossing Powders

It's so important to be open to new ideas and new possiblities and have a try with Friendly Plastic Pellets.

Friendly Plastic pellets can also be heated in the same way as the sticks.  While the pellets don't come with beautiful metalllic foils on the surface (see how to make your own metallic sticks here), they can be colorized in a variety of ways.  I'm confident that with a little play time you will be inspired as to the new possibilities this will hold out for you in your jewelry making.

In this video, I show you how to colorize Friendly Plastic Pellets with embossing powders and then sculpt it into leaves to create a beautiful pair of earrings just in time for fall.  (Watch the video here).  This is also a great technique to when working with your own bezels.





Here is what you'll need:
  • A quarter size amount of Friendly Plastic Pellets
  • Embossing Powder in color(s) of choice
  • Heat tool
  • Non-stick worksurface
  • Needle Tool
  • Jump rings
  • Earring wires
  • Headpins
  • 2 Circle links (optional) or use other jewelry findings of choice.
  • Miscellaneous beads (optional)
  • Jewelry pliers - round nose
  • Wire cutters
5 EASY STEPS:
  • Step 1:  Heat pellets on non-stick worksurface until they are clear.  Sprinkle on embossing powders.  Allow them to cool slightly before handling.
  • Step 2:  Massage embossing powders into plastic until they are mixed in.  Pull off a small pea size portion of plastic.
  • Step 3:  Roll pea size portion of plastic into a ball, flatten with hand and shape into a leaf  (teardrop shape)
  • Step 4:  If necessary, apply more heat to soften plastic and use a needle tool (toothpick) to creat vein marks in leaf to give dimension.  Make a small hole in the top.
  • Step 5:  Assemble earrings by inserting a jump ring into the hole of the leaf and then onto a circle link.  Attach circle link to earring wire with additional jump ring.  Make a beaded dangle by threading a bead onto a headpin and then creating a loop at the top with round nose pliers.  Trim off excess wire and add dangle to earring.
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Sunday, July 12, 2015

How to make your own Friendly Plastic Strips and Sheets

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There's been a buzz in the Friendly Plastic world about the availability of Friendly Plastic sticks.  Unfortunately, the manufacturer of the raw materials has decided to retire and as a result, Friendly Plastic sticks - and ONLY STICKS have been discontinued.

Amaco still does have and will continue to supply Friendly Plastic in the Pellet form.  While not as convenient as the sticks, Pellets can be colored with acrylic paint, rolled out into sheets of various thicknesses and decorative foil can be applied.  This gives a very similar look to the previously manufactured sticks.

In this video, Linda Peterson shows you how to make your own Friendly Plastic sheets from Friendly Plastic Pellets.










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