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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Marbleized Friendly Plastic Pendant

Since the theme of our current "heART of Friendly Plastic" challenge is marbling, I thought it might be nice to give you a inspiring boost. Your pieces doesn't have to be anything elaborate...it just has to be marbled. Start out easy...then then just PLAY! and say alot of "What if's?".....What if i swirl these in a circular pattern..."What if I just go in one direction? What if I cut my marbled pieces apart and reassembled them?...WHAT IF ...WHAT IF... WHAT IF....if you say it enough you will realize that you are playing....and creating!!!



Marbleized Friendly Plastic Jewelry

Supplies:

Friendly Plastic in four to six coordinating colors, and gold
palette knife
T-pin or Friendly Plastic needle tool
scissors
non-stick baking sheet or foil
oven or toaster oven

Steps:

1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

2. Cut each color of the Friendly Plastic into 1/8" and 1/4" strips, three inches long.

3. Assemble the cut strips of the Friendly Plastic onto a baking sheet or piece of foil. Placing each three-inch strip next to each other (making sure that they're touching) in a pleasing color pattern until you have a 2" x 3" rectangle .

4. Place the baking sheet or foil into the oven for three minutes or until the Friendly Plastic has melted.

5. Remove the melted plastic from the oven and place it on a flat surface.With the needle tool or a T-pin, pull through the melted plastic strips horizontally. Make the cut lines about an 1/8" apart. Do the same vertically, moving quickly so the plastic does not have time to harden (figure H).

7. Place the marbled plastic back into the oven for three minutes or until the plastic has melted enough to fill in the cut lines and has a smooth surface.

8. Remove the finished piece from the oven and let it cool. Remove the plastic form the baking sheet or the foil (figure I). With the scissors, trim all four sides of the marbled plastic.

9. From one of the two inch sides, cut off a 1/2-inch piece of the marbled plastic . Place this piece of marbled plastic on the baking sheet and put it back into the oven for two minutes. By placing the piece of marbled plastic back into the oven, the cut edges will soften and become rounded. Let the marbled plastic cool and remove it from the baking sheet.

10. Cut a 2-1/2" x 1" piece of gold Friendly Plastic. Place it on a baking sheet and into the oven for two minutes to soften.

11. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and place on a flat surface. Center and press the 1/2-inch piece of the marbled plastic into the softened piece of the gold plastic. Return the plastic to the oven for about one minute to seal the edges and secure the bond.

12. Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Let the plastic cool and remove it from the baking sheet.

13. Glue on a pin back.

Tips:

For smooth clean marbling lines, always keep the needle tool or the T-pin clean and against the baking sheet or foil surface. Do not lift up until you have cut completely through the melted plastic.
To speed up the cooling process, place the plastic in cold water.
To remove the plastic from the baking sheet, run a palette knife under it.
If you want to embed an embellishment into the melted plastic, do this during step 8 before the plastic has cooled.
Punch holes for beading with a 1/16th inch hole punch into cooled plastic.
Glue on a pin back to make a brooch, or punch a hole at the center top add a jump ring to make a pendant.
Use the same procedure and make a matching pair of earrings.
To hurry the cooling process along. Place the plastic into a container of cold water.
To remove the plastic from the baking sheet, run a palette knife under it.


Friendly Plastic materials and supplies can be purchased at many local craft stores or by clicking here.

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