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Monday, October 26, 2009

Combining ArtEmboss and Friendly Plastic by Sian Cheetham

I believe many people feel the way Sian felt when she began her creative process to make jewelry to match her wardrobe. Sometimes we just don't do anything because we don't exactly know what to do ...or how to get there, get a little overwhelmed, give up and return to our comfy zone.

I admire Sian's will and determination to create this piece, that turned out rather lovely I must say, and how she combined with materials she was comfortable using, but in a way that challenged her creative spirit. Great Job Sian!

She writes:

I don't make much Friendly Plastic jewellery, mainly because I'm not really sure what I'm doing, (anyone want to teach me?), and I never think I will be able to come up with something that someone actually wants to wear. Anyway, I was feeling very inspired yesterday after doing lots of blog hopping (and I have lots of blue clothes and no jewellery to wear with them), so I decided to use of some of my FP scraps. This is what I came up with, and whilst I know it's not perfect, I'm actually quite pleased with how it's turned out!

I started off by making the frame using ArtEmboss aluminium. I rolled in the edges using a cocktail stick to start me off and make sure they were reasonably straight, and pressed down with an embossing tool to create the indentations. I used acrylic paint to create the slightly aged effect. Then I found some FP scraps, heated them with my heat gun and pressed them into the frame, makign sure there were no gaps. If the FP started to cool too much I just gave it a blast with the heat gun whilst in the frame - this helped it to stick too. Then when I'd filled the frame I added a glaze over the top and left it to dry. I was originally going to solder a jump ring onto the top, but have discovered that soldering doesn't really work with aluminium (or maybe I just need more practice)! Anyway, I settled for punching a tiny hole through the top and adding wire. I added some FP beads and some small seed beads on the wire and twisted it around to make a loop at the top.

Sian is a multi-media artist. Be sure to check out her work on her blog:

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