This tutorial by Linda Peterson uses Friendly Plastic sticks and Friendly Plastic Pellets to create your own focal beads.
Designed by Linda Peterson
- Friendly Plastic – 1 oz pellets
- ProBead Roller - #6 Oval (optional)
- Friendly Plastic Sticks – advocado/black, metallic turquoise/blue
- Needle Tool
- Pearl Ex Powder – pearl white
- Two Eye Pins
- E-6000 glue
- Accent Beads of choice
- Toggle or clasp
- Heat Gun (optional)
- Non-stick cookie sheet
- Ball tipped metal stylus – small/medium size
- Silpat – non stick cookie mat
- Bowl of Cold Water
- Scissors (Tim Holtz – work the best to cut plastic)
- Baby Oil
Additionally, you can also melt Friendly Plastic pellets in hot water set to just below simmer or use a heat tool or embossing gun.
- Working with Friendly Plastic requires a degree of heat and cold water. Generally with each application of heat, there is a cooling in water to set that particular area. That way I can work on a specific area at one time without distorting other areas.
- Mix a small amount of Pearl-Ex Powder into the melted pellets. This does not need to be completely mixed as it will create a marbled effect.
- Reheat plastic as necessary to soften and continue mixing. When mixing is complete, place plastic onto non stick cookie sheet and heat completely on the griddle.
- Cut three 1/8” x 2” wide strips of advocado green and a 1” square of turquoise.
- Add a drop of oil to silpat and heat turquoise square. Once soft, press stylus into plastic just inside of edge and press outwards. This creates a scalloped pattern. Continue until you have a pleasing pattern. Cool completely in water.
- To create bead in bead roller: Make approximately a 1” ball, place it into the bead roller. Gently place the lid on and roll back and forth applying gradual pressure until bead forms. If bead does not completely form – add more plastic. If it squishes out the sides, remove some plastic then reheat and reform.
- To hand form a bead, simply roll into palm of hand and form a pleasing shape. Cool in cold water.
- Use heat gun for 5 seconds to lightly soften lacey plastic. Apply to base bead where desired. Use heat gun to manipulate the lace effect into place. Cool in water to set.
- Slightly heat green strips and apply to bead as desired. Cool.
- Heat the area for the jewels. Press in jewels. Cool.
- Using pliers, heat the end of eye pin and press into top and bottom of bead.
- Once cooled, remove eye pins and jewels. Secure in place with glue. Allow to dry.
- Add to chain along with any accent beads.
WE THOUGHT YOU WOULD ENJOY THESE FRIENDLY PLASTIC PELLET TUTORIALS AS WELL