Tuesday, May 22, 2012
How to make Friendly Plastic Beads - Pillow Beads - FRIENDLY PLASTIC TV VIDEO - PART 1
For quite sometime, I've wanted to make beads in Friendly Plastic. I've made a few and they were okay...but, they were very time consuming and somewhat frustrating to make because you had to get the temperature just right so that you could create the hole thru the center.
I knew there had to be a better way!! I'm also a spokesperson for Cloud Clay - a new air dry clay from AMACO. It's primarily geared towards kids, but I'm determined to make it much more than a kid clay.
When experimenting with textural effects on the Friendly Plastic sticks, it occurred to me that the Cloud Clay would be the perfect core for the inside of the beads. While it takes a full 24 hours to "cure", the beads can be used as soon as the Friendly Plastic cools. This is instant gratification and just my style since I happen to be somewhat impatient and don't like to wait for the final results.
This video is part one in a two part series. I split it into two because you will need some practice in wrapping and shaping the beads. This technique works great for plain strips as well as those you've patterned using the Fracture and Fusion technique.
To help you source the Friendly Plastic and the Cloud Clay together, I've put together this kit
Postage of $5.00 is included. This offer is limited to US Addresses only. If you are outside the US, please contact me for additional shipping costs.
So have fun, experiment and PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE share what you do.
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