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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Featuring the Fracture and Fusion Technique with Friendly Plastic - FREE JEWELRY TUTORIAL

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Friendly Plastic Jewelry Designer Jana Ewy shares another one of her Friendly Plastic ideas as she takes us step by step through her process of creating stunning pieces of art jewelry with her Fracture and Fusion technique.  As you will see Jana uses Friendly Plastic sticks with Alcohol inks to create an array of gorgeous dichroic glass effects which she then manipulates into jewelry cabachons.

Scroll down below this project tutorial are links for other projects featuring this technique.

STEP-BY-STEP with Jana Ewy
All Rights Reserved Jana Ewy
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Collection of jewelry created with the Fracture and Fusion technqiue
Choker created with the Fracture and Fusion technqiue Bracelets and rign created with the Fracture and Fusion technqiue Necklace and earrings created with the Fracture and Fusion technqiue

TOOLS AND MATERIALS

Friendly Plastic® 7" sticks
Alcohol inks
Alcohol blending fluid
Gold metallic pen
Paint brushes or make-up sponges (for use with inks)
Matt knife
Acrylic ruler
Cutting mat
Craft knife
Scissors
AMACO® Needle tool
Shaped cutters: 7/8 and 1 3/4 inch
Small dish of cold water with a few drops of olive oil
Griddle set at 200-300 degrees
Non-stick baking sheet that fits flat on griddle surface
Sealer: I used Envirotex Lite, but any high gloss acrylic sealer will work.
Disposable mixing container and stir stick
Straw
Non-stick cookie sheet
Round nose and needle nose jewelry pliers
Wire cutters
Jewelry findings of your choice.
5 purple coordinated Friendly Plastic sticks
1. I like to use 5 color coordinated sticks of Friendly Plastic® to create my Fracture & Fusion sheets. Two that are original colors of Friendly Plastic® and three that I have enhanced using alcohol inks. I think it makes for a more interesting finished design.
Note: This extra technique is not necessary. You can create beautiful multi-colored sheets using only the original colors.

3 Friendly Plastic sticks colored with alcohol inks
2. A Splash of color: For each sheet, create three coordinating colored sticks.
Apply a wash of blending solution over two white and one silver spectra plastic stick. Apply drops of alcohol ink. Allow the color to disperse. Use your paintbrush or sponge to fill in any white areas that are left. Continue adding ink and playing with the color until a desired pattern is achieved. The metallic inks from Krylon pens blend beautifully with the alcohol inks, and create some unique patterns.

5 blue coordinated Friendly Plastic sticks 5 orange coordinated Friendly Plastic sticks
5 red coordinated Friendly Plastic sticks 5 green coordinated Friendly Plastic sticks
3. Repeat the Splash process, for each color coordinated sheet. Creating purple, pink, blue, orange and green.

Cut plastic into strips
4. Fracture: Using a cutting mat, ruler and blade, cut the plastic sticks into 1/4 inch strips. Then cut each strip in half using scissors.

Arrange strips into a pleasing pattern
5. Arrange the strips into a pleasing pattern.

Arrange strips until 7 inches long
6. Continue adding strips, until your have reached a length of 7 inches.

Place plastic strips onto griddle one at a time
7. Fusion: Preheat the griddle. Place the baking sheet onto the griddle. One at a time, in the color pattern you have arranged. 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 until all strips have been added
8. Continue until all of the strips have been added. Allow the plastic to soften and seal together. If any gaps do appear, simply tap over them with your finger, gently pressing the softened plastic together.

Remove fused plastic from griddle
9. 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.

6 different fused patterns
10. Repeat the steps for each colored sheet.

Cut fused sticks into strips
11. Fracture: Place the cooled plastic back onto the cutting mat and trim off the uneven edge. Cut the plastic into 1/4" and 1/8" strips. Cut three of each width. That will give you enough to play with. You can always cut more as you need them. Continue with each of the colored sheets.

Arrange the strips
12. Now it’s playtime. Arrange the strips by color and size until you are happy with the design. There are so many options; it’s hard to know when to stop. Have fun.

Fuse the strips by placing back on griddle
13. Fusion: Place the baking sheet back onto the griddle. One at a time, in the pattern you have arranged, place the plastic strips onto the baking sheet. Make sure each strip is stuck in place before adding the next strip. Try to press each strip tightly against the one before, to prevent any gaps. Continue until all of the strips have been added. Allow the plastic to soften and seal together. If any gaps do appear, remember to 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.

Press shape cutters into softened plastic
14. While the plastic is still warm, cut desired shapes by pressing the cutter into the softened plastic. Dip the cutter back into a dish of cold water after each cut. This will help keep it from sticking to the plastic. Allow the plastic to cool. You may place the pan under cold running water to speed the cooling process along.

Remove strips from griddle
15. Use the needle tool to press under the edge of the cooled plastic and remove it from the pan.

Pop out shapes
16. Pop out the cut shapes. If needed use the craft knife to cut around each one.

Apply Envirotex to plastic
17. OPTIONAL: Mix the Envirotex Lite sealer following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Application: I like to place my pieces on a non-stick cookie sheet. This way if there is any run off, it will be easy to remove later.
Once I have the Envirotex mixed, I like to pour it into a small squeeze bottle. The application will be more precise and much easier.
Note: Apply strips of double sided tape to your non-stick pan to hold the plastic in place while applying the resin coating.

Blow out bubbles with straw
18. Once the resin has been applied, blow softly through a straw over each piece in order to pop any bubbles that remain.
Allow the pieces to dry at least 12 hours. If there has been any run off, remove the piece from the pan by pressing the needle tool under it and lifting. The resin is still soft enough that you can cut the excess off with scissors.
Envirotex cures completely in 24 hours.

Plastic and mounting components
19. Have fun creating your desired components.

Collection of mounted plastic and beads
20. Creating color coordinated beaded components are the perfect complement to any design.

Finished necklace and earrings
21. A finished design.

Necklace created with the Fracture and Fusion technqiue
Bracelet created with the Fracture and Fusion technqiue
All Rights Reserved Jana Ewy

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