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Monday, January 28, 2013

How to make Contemporary Art Jewelry with Friendly Plastic Sticks

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*** ANNOUNCEMENT ***  FREE FRIENDLY PLASTIC ONLINE LIVE DEMO

Tune into CRAFTYLINK tomorrow (Tuesday January 29, 2013) at 11am EST for a free LIVE Friendly Plastic Demo.  We will also have a Friendly Plastic Giveaway - a Kit of 10 plastic sticks along with Friendly Plastic Pellets.  

You'll need to be a member of the community - but the registration is FREE and so is the demo!
See you there!

.....Now on with the show!


Friendly Plastic is becoming widely known in the arts and crafts community for it's versatility in creating artwork.

Today, I'm featuring this Friendly Plastic tutorial by Rosemary Stevenson for a couple of different reasons.  First, I love art jewelry and from the responses of our last Friendly Plastic Art Jewelry Feature by Karine Collignon you do too.

Second, I'm always looking for fresh ideas to incorporate mixed media into my artwork.  I think Rosemary did a fabulous job of incorporating wire wrapping techniques with Friendly Plastic.  The result is this stunning contemporary brooch. Simply Gorgeous!


Rosemary Stevenson - Art Pendant in Friendly Plastic


HOW TO MAKE A CONTEMPORARY ART PIN WITH FRIENDLY PLASTIC

By Rosemary Stevenson
Materials
Friendly Plastic® Sticks — 1½” x 7″ Two Harmonizing Colors of Choice
Beads — One Large, Metal Bead for Focal Point and Odd Number of Smaller Beads in Contrasting Metal
One or Two Bangle Bracelets or Thick Gauge Wire in Brass or Silver Tone
Wire — Jeweler’s 20 or 24 Gauge Wire in Gold or Silver Tone
E-6000 Glue
Large Pin Back
Electric Skillet for Warm Water
Candy Thermometer
Wire Clips
Bent-Nose Jeweler’s Pliers
Note: The {water heating} heating and flattening technique used in this project produces a fluid, unpredictable design that is the key to free form shapes. You can’t make a mistake! Just reheat and reshape or cut out parts you don’t like. Pieces made with this method often resemble metal, leather, paper or even wood.
Step 1
Cut Friendly Plastic® into three pieces: one larger piece approximately 1″ x 2″ in dominant color; one long triangle in contrasting color; one very long strip in contrasting color (as narrow as possible).
Step 2
Hold the larger rectangle shape of Friendly Plastic® by one corner and submerge the rest of it into the hot water up to your fingers. Wave back and forth until it trails in the water. Remove fron water and quickly shift fingers to one of the softened corners to soften the corner you were holding. When totally softened, turn upside-down on working surface. A textured work surface will add design to your piece. Push shape out as if pressing out dough for a pie crust. The plastic will pick up the texture, if any, of the working surface. Cup piece in hand to cool. Repeat process with other two pieces, one at a time, only press the two from behind on your work surface creating a shadow effect.
Step 3
Bend bangle bracelet with one sharp turn of the bent-nosed pliers or heavy wire into an oval shape. Soften one end of largest plastic piece from step 2 in warm water and wrap around metal bracelet or wire frame. Warm and anchor the other end. Heat piece until you get the shape and draping effect that you like. Heat ends of other pieces in similar manner and anchor to frame, leaving space between the two pieces. If you have a long end, reheat in warm water and curl it around another piece to keep loose ends from sticking out.
Step 4
Bend one end of smaller wire and load beads onto it. Wrap one end of wire around large oval shape several times, tucking in sharp end. Weave beaded wire through the piece loosely, letting largest bead nest between two main pieces or in a recess. Anchor loose end of wire. With pliers bend the wire randomly until it conforms with piece.
Step 5
Glue on pin back or suspend from a chain or cord



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