Google+ The Art of Friendly Plastic: Award winning artist Cathy Frank shares her winning piece

Friday, May 28, 2010

Award winning artist Cathy Frank shares her winning piece

Imagine checking your inbox to receive this...

Congratulations! Although "Watercolor Owl Pendant" did not win an official prize in the 2010 Your Designs Rock Contest, our catalog editor Polly thinks your design displays a noteworthy use of Rings & Things stock in a practical design (winning pieces are sometimes too outrageous to be functional).

As a way to say "well done," we’re giving you a electronic gift certificate you can use this gift whenever you’d like.

To see your entry, plus winners and other "Polly's Picks," visit our online Design Gallery at:

Wow! That would totally make my day as Im sure it did Cathy's!!!  We want to send out a great big CONGRATULATIONS! to Cathy for winning  Polly's Pick!

Here's a little more about the winning artist Cathy:

Artist: Cathy Frank (Pittsburgh, PA)
Polly's Pick, Found Objects & Miscellaneous
"After producing multimedia jewelry (Metalsmithing BS, Art Ed, SUNY, New Paltz ‘81), ornaments and Judaica for over 20 years -- the past 12 primarily with Friendly Plastic(R) -- I feel like I have been reborn! With the help and generosity of the online crafters community, I have begun to experiment with alcohol inks, imprinting on Friendly Plastic and fabricating thin sheet metal. How-to blogs, tutorials and videos abound and each artist is encouraged and invited to take their own artistic journey. Through experimentation new techniques emerge. I am very excited with my results!

"Technique: Alcohol inks are air brushed onto Friendly Plastic modeling sticks and heated in a small oven. Gold and bronze embossing powders are applied to stamp and pressed into the Friendly Plastic after about 1 minute of cooling and setting. Piece is then buffed with a soft cloth to remove some of the powder, trimmed and adhered to card stock. Metal work: Gold and silver wire is twisted together and formed around the Friendly Plastic piece. Wire is adhered to the front matte board template. ArtEmboss gold sheet is cut, adhered to the back, and burnished up and around the side of the piece, capturing the twisted wire and bezeling it in place. Holes are made carefully with a dental tool and all findings are attached."

-- Cathy Frank

Job well done Cathy!!! Can't wait to see more!

Polly’s Picks are designs our editor especially likes despite the fact that they did not win a formal prize. These designs are often simple, practical and/or whimsical examples of how to use Rings & Things components well.

View more 2010 Polly's Picks. Or, check for details about our most recent contest!

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