Google+ The Art of Friendly Plastic: November 2010

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Friendly Plastic Featured on Cool2Craft Monday November 29th

It's that time of year when we think of getting together with why not put a fun touch on your party?  Find out how to create these whimsical wine glass charms guessed it...Friendly Plastic.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Create your own Brightly Colored Bangles from Friendly Plastic - FREE PROJECT

Create your own Brightly Colored Bangles from Friendly Plastic

by Jana Ewy
Courtesy of AMACO and

Friendly Plastic Bangles Jana Ewy


Friendly Plastic- 7” sticks: Colors of your choice
•Matte knife
•Acrylic ruler
•Cutting mat
•Griddle set at 200-300 degrees (or oven)
•Non stick baking sheet (Nordic wear) Little gold pans
Silicone non-stick baking sheet liner, cut to size: 3”x 8 1/2”
•8” length of 1/8” (4mm) Rubber tubing, sold by the foot at Hobby stores
•Jar or glass approximately 7” around (the size of your wrist)
•Bowl of ice cold water
•Craft blade or utility knife
•Round nose and needle nose jewelry pliers
•Wire cutters
Needle tool
•Clear elastic jewelry cording
•Jewelry findings: ( brass bead caps, spacer beads,
•Decorative focal bead (any coordinating beads will work)

1.Using a cutting mat, ruler and blade, cut 1/4” and 1/8” strip from each color of plastic stick. Then cut the strips in half using a scissor.

2.Pre heat the griddle. Place the baking sheet onto the griddle. One at a time, in a pleasing color pattern. Place the plastic strips onto the baking sheet. Make sure each strip is stuck in place before adding the next. Try to press each strip tightly against the one before, to prevent any gaps. Continue adding strips until your sheet is at least 7 inches in length.

3.Allow the plastic to soften and fuse together. If any gaps do appear, simply tap over them with your finger pressing the softened plastic together. When all the strips have softened and sealed together, remove the baking sheet from the griddle and allow the plastic to cool. Use the needle tool to press under the edges of the cooled plastic and remove it from the pan.

4.Place the cooled plastic back on the cutting mat and trim off the uneven edges. Cut the plastic into 1” wide strips.

5.Lay the silicone sheet onto the griddle. Position the plastic strip, right side down onto the center of the silicone sheet and allow the plastic to soften. You will notice as the plastic softens it becomes very shiny. It is important that you watch this process closely. As soon as the entire strip is shiny, remove the silicone sheet from the heat and lay it onto your counter or work surface.

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6.Carefully lay the rubber tubing along the top edge of the softened plastic strip.

7.Moisten your fingers and hands with water, to prevent sticking to the plastic, and begin to roll it up and around the tubing. Continue until all of the plastic is wrapped around the tubing. Now you can use your fingers and palms of your hands to roll the cylinder back and forth on the silicone sheet, to secure and seal the overlap. Once you are happy with the look of your cylinder, pick it up by the extended ends of the tubing and wrap it around the jar. You need to move quite quickly before the plastic starts to harden. Quickly run it under the flow of cold water from the faucet or dip it into a bowl of ice cold water. This will quickly harden the outside of the cylinder allowing you to lay it down, to finish the cooling process without the fear of it getting marred.

8.Once the cylinder has cooled and the plastic has hardened completely, you can remove the rubber tubing by pulling on each of the exposed ends until the seal within the cylinder has been broken. It takes quite a bit of pulling back and forth on each end until the seal is finally broken. Just be patient. You will know when this has happened, as the tubing will slide out.

9.Place the cylinder onto the cutting mat and trim off the uneven ends, using a craft blade or a utility knife. I prefer using the craft blade for this. You do need to put a little muscle behind it in order to cut through the plastic. Just do it carefully. Next, cut the cylinder in half.

10.Cut a 12” length of elastic cording. Assemble all the decorative components. Begin by sliding half of the cylinder onto the cording, add a bead cap and the decorative bead you want as the focal piece, now add the other bead cap and then the other half of the cylinder. To finish off the bangle add a bead or spacer bead onto the cord and then tie the two ends together. I like to tie a triple knot and then add a drop of glue for added security.

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Linda Peterson is compensated and endorsed by AMACO. The guests features may or may not have any affiliation with AMACO.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Friendly Plastic inspiration from an "Enchanted" castle

We recently featured Kate Charles on the blog and THANK YOU to our subscribers for checking out her website - she reports nearly 500 hits that week alone!!!

She writes:

The tower is made from small "stones" of FP, mainly pewter and silver,
covered in a variety of materials eg voiles, skeleton leaves, micro beads
or patterned with stamps. When all the pieces were assembled the tower as
burnished with rub'n buff in golds and silver. Small ivy leaf cut outs
were then attached to the tower with a soldering iron. The inside is
painted with acrylics.

I learnt so much on Liz's course that my head is full of new ideas. Your
amazing blog is also inspiring - I'm scrounging old bottles of nail polish
to make my own coloured sticks to work with - what a brilliant idea."

Wow!!! Kate was inspired by a Castle......tell me...what inspires you??

Visit Kate's website at:

Send your work to me at and I"ll feature you!

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Friendly Plastic dimensional pendants today on Cool2Craft live

Im showing the technique to Bling up your Friendly Plastic jewelry - Live on today's Cool2Craft show with Tiffany Windsor.

We're making dimensional pendings using lots and lots of fun materials! 

Kit available for $16.95 at CrafTECH University

The Cool2Craft Line up features guests:
   Heidi Borchers
   Candace Jedrowicz
   Brenda Pinnick
   Tiffany Windsor
   Linda Peterson

Watch the show live at 12 noon eastern (11am Central, 9am Pacific) click here.

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

FRiendly Plastic for sale......

Just a quick snippit, if you are interested in purchasing a large quantity of Friendly Plastic and other jewelry making supplies please email  Sherry at

She is retiring from her jewelry making business. 

Please note - this is a courtesy to our subscribers and in no way can testify to the condition of the materials and assumes no responsibility.  We know you understand.

Linda Peterson is compensated and endorsed by AMACO. The guests features may or may not have any affiliation with AMACO.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Friendly Plastic featuring the work of Kate Charles

Kate Charles comes via a recommendation from UK Artist Liz Welch who sent me an email and said "you must check her out...her work is FAB!"

I couldnt agree more!

Kate is one of the participants that was able to take the recent Friendly Plastic class at Chepstow Castle given by Liz.

Unfortunately I can't seem to get her pictures to sure to hop on over to her website and check out her Friendly Plastic tower inspired by the Chepstow Tower


and let her know we sent you!

Linda Peterson is compensated and endorsed by AMACO. The guests features may or may not have any affiliation with AMACO.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Adventures in Friendly Plastic with Liz Welch

I wish I would have been able to coordinate my time in England to be there for Liz's class!  Liz shares highlights from her class...and's in a CASTLE!!! WOW!:

I had been looking forward to the weekend so much: I knew that the group of people would be fun to work with, there were some characters I knew of old, and some I had yet to meet. What I had not anticipated was just how much fun, and just what a whacky and characterful lot they would turn out to be. Spontaneous renditions of camp fire songs, home-made biscuits, selfless sharing of materials, tools, equipment and ideas and buckets full of laughter.
 The weekend I am referring to is last weekend’s Friendly Plastic course 3D FP in Chepstow Castle. Having arrived in the dark on Friday night, I did not get the chance to appreciate just what a lovely little place Chepstow is. After a full English (well, you only get to have it when you stay in a hotel don’t you), I drove my car, laden to the gunwales with stuff, right up to the very walls of the castle. The gates (replicas of the original 12th century gates) swung open to let my modern conveyance inside the narrow entrance and into the ancient keep itself.
Adrienne Goodenough (Lifelong Learning Manager for Cadwr – Welch Heritage organisation) followed hot on my heals and with the help of Annie we unloaded our cars and with a suitably regal wave we grandly proceeded back through the gates that were never designed with anything more than a horse and cart in mind. Not many people get the opportunity of driving in to the very heart of such an ancient and spectacular castle, but we got to do it – twice (we had to pack up at the end didn’t we).
 Adrienne had organised for us to use two adjoining rooms in the castle for the course, and she had brought heaters, tables, and most essentially tea and coffee. By the time we had set up, everyone else had arrived and it was a time for greeting friends old and new, and making real those friendships that had, up until this point, been only virtual ones on various on line groups.
We began with a stroll around the castle with sketch books and cameras to hand, hoping that the rain would hold off long enough for us to get a good look at the ancient stones, towers and views. The castle is right on the river Wye and is in remarkably good order for a ruin! There were beautiful vistas wherever you looked, interesting details, inspiring textures and the time we had was too short to really appreciate all that was on offer. However, we needed to get back to the class room and start exploring possibilities.
Although the course was aimed at creating 3D pieces in Friendly Plastic, not everyone was ready to take things that far. But this was of no issue at all as the techniques that are handy for construction, forming and moulding are also very suitable for 2 dimensional work.
 We looked at construction methods – joining and piecing, forming using bowls (or gourds and oranges as things turned out), moulding, layering, texturing, re-colouring, Lacework, Friendly Plastic Pellets and loads of other things besides. When everyone had a handle on these useful techniques we discovered the castle was about to close so we had to get a wiggle on and decamp for a spot of socialising in a lovely little restaurant bar called The LimeTree Cafe Bar. Having enjoyed home-made soup and rolls in the The Chepstow Castle Inn at lunchtime, everyone still seemed to have plenty of room for delicious tapas at The LimeTree.
The evening was relaxing, and a superb opportunity to get to know one another better. Neet and Vonnie had both brought their other halves with them (they had been off stomping across the hills in the rain), and Nathalie had her 12 year old daughter Marianne (who was also doing the course).
 The following morning the sun made all the autumn colour on the wooded slopes of the river Wye glow in perfect harmony with our uplifted spirits. Everyone was looking forward to another exciting day in great company (with Lynne’s delicious home-made biscuits to fend off any untoward pangs of hunger.
Back into the embrace of the ancient castle we all strode (toddled!) ready for the days activities. Everyone had some sort of an idea about what they wanted to achieve and today was the day that they would do it. Using the skills they had already learnt they set to, with a small amount of guidance from me. You can see the results for yourself, they are tremendous. Everyone took some aspect of the castle itself and used it to create their wonderful bowls, boxes and artwork.  This little Box was made by Maxine who was very new to Friendly Plastic, but she managed to ge eh textures and colours of the walls beautifully.
Annie’s bowl made initially over a gourd using Alcohol Ink coloured Friendly Plastic Pellets worked beautifully and captures the colours of the wooded slopes of the valley.
Kate was one of the more experienced in the group and managed to perfectly recreate one of the towers of the stone keep using small pieces that she textured in a wide variety of ways including stamping and OoozeI  Her colours are subtle and the tumbledown effect should always remind her of Chepstow Castle.  Like everyone else she still has some finishing off to do, but the construction is complete.  Fabulous Kate.
Lynne’s colours hark back to dashing days of chivalry and sumptuous velvets, but her textures and shapes come directly from the castle itself.  She even managed a very neat spaghetti trim round the top – reminiscent of jousts I think.
 Adrienne’s bowl is like burnished metal on the inside and is of a most interesting shape as it was moulded around a gourd.  The outside texture was achieved using lace but until it gets it legs put on, it bears a remarkable resemblance to one half of Madonnas bra!  Or perhaps it could be some medieval warrior princess’ breast plate in the making!
 There are so many photos and I want to show you them all, so I am putting all the rest into a gallery for you to view.  Remember that at least 4 of the girls (whether they were 60+ or 12 or anywhere in between) had not worked with Friendly Plastic before.
I am delighted by what you achieved girls, you worked so hard and put so much of your personalities into the weekend, I only hope that you are as proud of your creations as I am. Make sure you send me photos of the finished items so I can blog about them and put them on the gallery pages of my website. Even if we never touched any Friendly Plastic again (God forbid!!!) I would still thoroughly enjoy your company.
So who is game for next year and what shall we do?Linda Peterson is compensated and endorsed by AMACO. The guests features may or may not have any affiliation with AMACO.


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