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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

10 Ten Uses for Friendly Plastic Pellets - + Project Ideas, Videos and Tutorials

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Because Friendly Plastic is such a versatile modeling medium, I wanted to share with you my favorite ways to use Friendly Plastic Pellets and give you some free project ideas, tutorials and videos to help you along in your creative process.

Before we get into the top uses for Friendly Plastic Pellets, let me explain what they are. 

Friendly Plastic comes in two forms, sticks and pellets.  Unlike the sticks, the pellets are not colored and look  like little plastic be-be's.  They have all the same characteristics of thermoplastic.  They can be heated the same way, they can be colored and they can be foiled along with many other techniques.  The pellets really do expand on the possibilities of working with this plastic molding medium.  


10 ways to use Friendly Plastic Pellets plus projects



FRIENDLY PLASTIC® PELLETS – TOP TEN USES


  • Use Friendly Plastic® pellets in Molds.    They take on delicate impressions when used in a mold (see video).  Silicone based and flexible molds work the best.  Use a release agent for other types of molds. Heat the plastic in water or on a non-stick mat, roll into a ball and press into mold.  Release when cooled.
  • Friendly Plastic® pellets can be colored using a variety of mediums such as; alcohol based inks, acrylic paint, glitter, mica powders, embossing powders and Rub-N-Buff®. See our video on how to Custom blend your own colors!
  • Friendly Plastic® pellets can be painted after cooling with acrylic paint.  Apply a coat of clear sealer to protect painted design. We've also had success using spray paints in well ventilated areas.
  • Friendly Plastic® pellets can be used to create sculptures. Because the pellets can hold their form when cooled, Friendly Plastic is an excellent choice to creating 3-dimensional art  Use a heat gun to spot heat specific areas when attaching pieces together or to create a smooth surface for painting later. 
  • Friendly Plastic® pellets can be rolled thru a pasta machine when heated using the water method. The water prevents the plastic from sticking to the machine.  
  • Emboss them!  Place a water softened Friendly Plastic® pellets thru the pasta machine on a #2 (thin) setting. Allow to cool.  Afterwards, place the sheet into an embossing folder and run back thru pasta machine on a #6 (thicker) setting.  Remove from folder to reveal texture.  Apply colors to highlight as desired.
  • Friendly Plastic® pellets create wonderful base beads.  Use one of the coloring techniques to create fabulous marbled beads or create your own base bead shapes; allow them to cool and paint with desired pattern (see video below)
  • Friendly Plastic® pellets can be used in conjunction with Amaco’s bead rollers
  • Friendly Plastic® pellets can be recycled and reused for other projects – no waste!
  • Friendly Plastic® pellets can be die cut using Sizzix dies.  Create a thin sheet of Friendly Plastic® by softening them in hot water and rolling thru the pasta machine on a #2 setting.  Thin sheets can also be cut with a Cricut® machine using a deep cutting blade 
We know there are many more uses to working with pellets, some we've discovered, but I'm sure not all, so if you have a favorite please leave us a comment below and share your knowledge!  


As always we're here to inspire you with creative how to projects and videos.  Use the links below for ideas on using Friendly Plastic Pellets.  Have an idea?  Contact us and we'll feature you!








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