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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Making an Impression with Friendly Plastic

This is is a fascinating topic to explore. I hope as you read through this information, it will intrigue you enough to give some of these tools a try, if you haven't already. I look forward to hearing your tips and tricks that you have reguarding these wonderful tools. Friendly Plastic E-cyclopedia... the next topic.

Texture and Impression Tools
Softened Friendly plastic accepts textures and impressions very nicely, and it is an easy way to create very interesting surface effects. (See Making an Impression for more information on these techniques).
Rubber Stamps – Being one of the most popular and easiest to use, rubber stamps can be found in any number of sizes and designs and are a perfect way to make an impression or add texture to friendly Plastic.
• Apply a release to your stamp before pressing it into the plastic. It can be anything… water, inks, release agents, Vaseline, badger balm. Your choice depending on your project.
• If using the griddle method to soften the plastic, be sure to remove the plastic from the heat before stamping.
• The stamp must be left in the plastic until it has hardened before removing.

Rubber Texture Sheets – Rubber texture sheets are nothing more than un-mounted rubber stamps, and for the most part were created for use with polymer clay and metal clay. The patterns are more of a motif (repeated design), rather than a single image or vignette. Some have smaller patterns, making them more suitable for jewelry, where others have larger motifs, perfect for paper crafting, home decor and other accessories. Much like rubber stamps, they can be found in several designs styles and they are used in the same manner.
See tips under Rubber Stamps: as the same tips apply to texture sheets.

Plastic Texture Plates – The clear plastic texture plates designed for use in a pasta machine, with clay and ArtEmboss soft embossing metal, can also be used. I do have to CAUTION you, if you choose to give these plates a try, as plastic to plastic may cause a sticky situation. NOT one of my recommendations.
• These plates are better used with plastic that has been softened in a hot water bath.
• A release agent must be applied to the plates.

Manufactured Molds – The flexible manufactured molds used with polymer clay also work well with Friendly Plastic. Softened Friendly Plastic can be pressed into molds, recreating an image of the original design. This is also a great way to use small scraps of FP you have been saving. The depth of the mold and the intricacy of the design, will determine which heating method will work best. The Hot Water method would be my choice, as it will give you a much more malleable piece of plastic, perfect for pressing into a mold.
• A release agent may need to be applied on some of the deeper more intricate molds.

Silicone Putty Molds – The silicone putty molds that you can make yourself, of your on design, are one of my favorites. They work well with plastic softened, using any of the heating methods. I have had great success using these molds and have never had to use a release agent.

1 comment:

Mylene said...

I can recommend Krafty Lady Texture mats as a wonderful texture. I roll the Texture Mat into the softened FP using an acrylic roller or a brayer to apply the pressure evenly. And before it has even cooled, the silicon just peels away. No release agent required! Awesome texture!

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