Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Gilded Pendant Necklace and Bracelet
Making an impression into Friendly Plastic with rubber stamps is an easy way to create a dramatic effect.
These pieces were created by using black permanent ink and stamping into a softened gold Friendly Plastic stick.
Friendly Plastic® Impression Technique
Designed by Jana Ewy for AMACO®
TOOLS and MATERIALS
7” Friendly plastic® stick: 1 Gold/Black
1 1/2” Oval shape cutter and 1 3/8” elongated hexagon or oval cutter
Plume embossed texture tile
Black Permanent ink stamp pad
Rub n Buff® Antique gold and applicator sponge
Small dish of ice cold water with a few drops of olive oil in it.
Note: keep the cutter in this dish.
1/16” hole punch
Electric griddle set at 200 to 250 degrees
Non-stick baking sheet
Envirotex Lite, resin sealer, or any high gloss acrylic sealer
Non-stick silicone sheet or cookie sheet
Jewelry components and findings: 1- 38mm Gerbera petal filigree, 2-12mm filigree bead caps, 2-crystal rondells, 2-8mm AB glass beads, 6-4mm AB glass beads, 2-brass spacer beads, 4-brass connectors, jump rings, brass rolo chain and 2-lobster claw clasps
Pre-heat the griddle. Place the baking sheet onto the griddle. Place the plastic stick onto the baking sheet and allow it to soften.
Remove the pan from the griddle. While the plastic is still warm, cut out 1 oval and 4 hexagons by pressing the cutter into the softened plastic, be sure to dip the cutter back into the cold water after each cut. This will help keep it from sticking to the plastic.
Allow the plastic to cool. You may place the pan under cold running water to speed the cooling process along. Use the needle tool to press under the edges of the cooled plastic to remove it from the pan. Pop out the oval and hexagons. If needed use the craft knife to cut around each one. I like to cut out an extra piece sometimes, just in case one doesn’t turn out so great.
Arrange the cut outs on the pan so that the texture tile will cover all of them. Now place the pan back onto the griddle and allow the plastic to soften once again.
Remove the pan from the heat. Apply ink to the texture tile, position and press into the softened plastic. I used an acrylic block to help give an even impression. IMPORTANT: Allow the plastic to cool completely before removing the texture tile.
Once the plastic has cooled lift the texture tile and remove the impressed cut out pieces.
Place the impressed pieces onto a work surface. Squeeze out a small amount of the Rub n Buff and apply to each piece using a sponge applicator. This takes a light touch. You only want to highlight the raised areas. Allow the Rub n Buff to dry.
Apply the Envirotex Lite sealer following the manufactures instructions.
Note: I like to place my pieces on a non stick silicone sheet or cookie sheet. This way if there is any run off, it will be easy to remove later. Once I have the Envirotex mixed, I like to pour it into a small squeeze bottle. The application will be more precise and much easier. Blow softly, through a straw to pop any bubbles that remain. Allow the resin to dry at least 12 hours. If there has been any run off, remove the piece from the non-stick surface by pressing the needle tool under it and lifting it off the sheet. You can cut the excess that has run off with a scissor. Envirotex cures completely in 24 hours.
On the back of three bracelet pieces, measure, mark and punch the holes 1/2” apart on each side.
Gather your jewelry components and findings and begin the assembly process: Place the oval pendant into the center of the filigree and fold the two sides up over the pendant to secure. Use the needle nose pliers if needed. Attach the three length of chain (3/4”, 1”, and 1 1/4”) to the bottom of the pendant. Lace all of the beads, bead caps and spacer beads for both the necklace and bracelet onto the eye pins, trim and form a loop using the round nose pliers. Use the finished photo as your guide. Cut two 5 1/2” lengths of chain for the necklace and four 1 1/2” lengths of chain for the bracelet. Complete the assembly by attaching all of the components using jump rings. Finish by attaching the clasps.