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Monday, February 11, 2013

How to make Beads in 5 minutes with Friendly Plastic - How to Video from Friendly Plastic TV

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If you are new to the world of Friendly Plastic, you might be asking yourself  "What is Friendly Plastic?"  

In short, Friendly Plastic is a moldable plastic that softens with heat.  It comes in two forms; Friendly Plastic sticks that generally have a metallic colored foil on one side and Friendly Plastic Pellets - small BB sized pellets that are milky white but can be colorized and molded into 3-dimensional shapes and beads as well. 

When heated, it becomes soft, pliable and moldable.  As it cools, it becomes harder.  It can be heated multiple times depending on the technique you are using.

It is a wonderful medium to use in your mixed media and jewelry craft projects because you can marbelize it, bend it, shape it, stamp it and so much more! But best of all, you can make beads it! And they are so easy to make! 

So in this video, I show you how to use Friendly Plastic sticks with Cloud Clay air dry clay to make beads quick and easy.  The process is  simple, resulting in  beautiful metallic beads to make jewelry in a matter of minutes. 

How to make Beads with Friendly Plastics
Designed by Linda Peterson

Skill Level - Beginner!

  • Friendly Plastic sticks  in your choice of colors
  • Cloud Clay - white
  • Jewelry Findings
  • Bead Caps
  • Headpins
  • Jump rings
  • Charms
  • Chains
  • Clasps or toggles
  • Basic Jewelry Tools
  • Non-stick work surface

To keep it simple, we used our embossing tool.
Also keep a pan of cold water, moisturizer, and paper towels handy too.

To make beads shiny, coat with clear nail polish.


  • Cut a square of plastic with scissors - experiment with size of square to create desired size of bead
  • Place Friendly Plastic over the top of clay ball and heat just until it slumps
  • Coat hands with lotion to prevent sticking. 
  • Remove plastic and ball from mat and fold plastic over the clay to encase.  
  • Form the desired shape bead
  • Poke hole with toothpick or headpin through the bead.  
  • Thread bead onto headpin, place on bead cap, spacer bead and form a loop with round nose pliers.  Attach to charms and chain as desired  with jump rings.
A selection of craft kits are available for purchase on this project to save you time in searching for the materials needed.  Click here for more details and to be taken to the Friendly Plastic Marketplace on Etsy.

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

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