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Today, I'm answering reader email. These are common questions that I get asked quite often;
Is it necessary to apply a sealer to Friendly Plastic? And if so, what kind of sealer should I use?
How to you create that glossy glass-like effect on Friendly Plastic?
So, I thought I would change things up a bit and instead of just answering your questions, I'd make a little video to answer them personally.
The video blog gives the short answer, but here is some additional information that might be of interest to you when working with Friendly Plastic or any type of thermoplastic, especially if you are a beginner.
Do you have to seal Friendly Plastic? In short, no, the product itself does not deteriorate over time and is by itself resistant to water. However, you may want to provide additional protection to any surface treatments you may have added to the Friendly Plastic to protect the foil or design itself.
There are many kinds of sealers and I'm not able to highlight all of them, but here's a short list of those I know that work. These are simply my personal favorites. I'm sure there are many more and please feel free to share them with me.
Each sealer has it's own individual purpose, so keep that in mind when choosing one of them keeping in mind the technique that you are using.
- Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer (used in the video) Creates a dimensional domed effect. Sometimes it may take multiple applications. It dries clear. A similar product is Glossy Accents
- Clear Nail Polish or Nail Varnish. A thin layer of nail polish applied over the Friendly Plastic will bring out the colors and create some interesting effects - see our links below
- Decoupage medium - I personally use Aleene's Decoupage Medium. It comes in Glossy, Matte and Glitter. This decoupage medium is water resistant and will also bring out the color of the metallic foil on Friendly Plastic
- 2-part Epoxy - Common products used are Envirotex Light and Ice Resin
How do you create the glass-like glossy effect on Friendly Plastic
If you really want to create Friendly Plastic designs that look like dichroic glass you need to apply a product that will create a domed or raised effect.
- Envirotex Light and ICE RESIN are both two part resins. It is important to mix these exactly according to the manufacturer's directions as it will effect the ability for the product to cure properly. Typically the cure time is 12 to 24 hours. The results are fabulously stunning and well worth the wait. Use the two part resin on Friendly Plastic especially if you live in warmer climate. It helps the Friendly Plastic hold it's shape and prevent it from melting completely and ruining. The application process is the same as shown in the video.
- Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer or Glossy Accents: This product is a 3 dimensional adhesive that will provide similar effects to the 2-part resin. The up-side to this is that you do not have the lengthy curing time as you would with the resins. It does dry clear and sometimes requires an additional layer. I have had very good results working with Sakura's 3D Crystal Lacquer with disks and cabachons that I make with Friendly Plastic for use in jewelry designs. It is my product of choice for that.
- Tape your pieces and designs to a non-stick surface with double stick tape
- Outline the piece with the lacquer and fill in the middle
- Remove any airbubbles with the nozzle or a toothpick by dragging them to the edge or pop them with a straight pin.
- Allow to dry according to manufacturer's directions.
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