Stamped Friendly Plastic jewelry
Friendly Plastic - royal blue metallic and cobra-patterned
Rub 'n Buff - gold
seed and bugle beads
unmounted rubber stamp
1/16- inch hole punch
clear embossing ink
jewelry findings - jump rings, head pins, pin back
non-stick baking sheet or foil
oven or toaster oven
round nose and flat nose pliers
1. Pre heat oven to 300 degrees.
2. Cut the Friendly Plastic into a 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" square, or to a desired size.
3. Put the cut piece of plastic onto the baking sheet or foil (figure A) and place it into the oven for three minutes.
4. Ink an unmounted rubber stamp with the clear embossing ink. The ink acts as a releasing agent for the rubber stamp.
5. Remove the melted plastic from the oven and place it on a flat surface.
6. Carefully center the stamp over the plastic and gently press down (figure B), leaving the stamp in place. Allow the plastic time to cool and harden. Speed up this process by immersing the stamp-covered plastic in a dish of cool water (figure C).
8. Remove the stamp and wipe the plastic clean with a damp paper towel.
9. Apply a light coating of the gold Rub 'n Buff to the raised surfaces of the plastic (figure D) using your finger.
10. Place the plastic back into the oven for 1-1/2 minutes ONLY. Watch the clock or set a timer. This sets the Rub 'n Buff and slightly raises the stamped image to give a softer look.
11. Remove the plastic from the oven and let cool.
12. Make a frame for the jewelry by cutting strips of patterned Friendly Plastic to fit around the perimeter of the piece made in the steps above. Position the strips in a frame shape (figure E) and place in the oven to soften for approximately two minutes.
13. Remove the stamped piece from the foil and position it in the center of the still-warm, softened frame (figure F). If the frame is slightly larger than the center piece, slide the center piece around to cement all sides to the frame.
14. Try these ideas to embellish (figure G):
- Squeeze out a small amount (dime size) of glue onto the upper left-hand corner of the stamped plastic.
- Pour the seed beads over the glue. Press the beads lightly with your finger to secure them into the glue.
- Dip the ends of the bugle beads into the glue, then tuck them into the beads on the plastic. Angle the bugle beads so they have a chopstick look.
- Add a dragonfly charm atop the beads.
- Use the 1/16 inch hole punch to make holes in the plastic from which to dangle the beads.
- Place a few seed beads onto the head pins for dangles.
- Cut the ends of the head pins off about 3/8 of an inch above the beads. Use the round nose pliers to make a loop.
- Attach the dangles to the plastic with the jump rings.