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Friday, February 8, 2013

Give a heartfelt gift tutorial + 8 Friendly Plastic gift ideas

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Magnetic HEARTS Gift Set

The inlay technique is a perfect way to use your Friendly Plastic® sticks and scraps left over from other projects. And what a great gift… a set of magnets in a heart shaped tin.
Designed by Jana Ewy for AMACO®


Friendly Plastic® 7” stick – Mother of Pearl
Friendly Plastic® scraps (pieces left over from other projects)
AMACO® PolyBlade
AMACO® Needle Tool
Heart shaped cutter and 3/4” circle cutter: or cutter shape of your choice
Small dish of cold water with a few drops of olive oil
Griddle set at 200-300°F
Non-stick baking sheet that fits flat on griddle surface
Sealer (Envirotex Lite used, but any high gloss acrylic sealer will work)
Disposable mixing container and stir stick
Non-stick cookie sheet
Brass flower
Brass teardrop shaped book mark
Pink rhinestone
Heart shaped tin: check the bridle section of your local craft store.
Magnets: 3/4” round
E6000 glue


Step 1
Pre-heat the griddle. Place the baking sheet onto the griddle. Place the white Friendly Plastic® stick onto the baking sheet and allow it to soften. 
Step 2
Gather together some of your favorite Friendly Plastic® scraps. Position and begin to place the scraps down the center of the white plastic. Allow the scraps to soften and inlay into the white plastic. The longer they are left on the heat, the deeper the inlay. 
Step 3
Remove the pan from the griddle. While the plastic is still warm, cut six circles and one heart by pressing the cutter into the softened plastic. Dip the cutter back into the cold water after each cut. This will help keep it from sticking to the plastic. Allow the plastic to cool. Use the needle tool to press under the edges of the cooled plastic and remove it from the pan. Pop out the cut shapes. If needed use the craft knife to cut around each one.
Step 4
Apply the Envirotex sealer following the manufacturer’s instructions. 
Note: Place pieces on a non-stick cookie sheet. This way if there is any run off, it will be easy to remove later. Once the Envirotex is mixed, pour it into a small squeeze bottle. The application will be more precise and much easier. Blow softly, through the straw to pop any bubbles that remain. Allow the resin 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. You can cut the excess off with scissors. Envirotex cures completely in 24 hours.
Step 5
Glue the heart onto the center of the lid. Glue the rhinestone into the center of the brass flower. Position and adhere the flower onto the heart. Allow the glue to dry. 
Step 6
Glue a plastic circle onto each of the magnets. Allow the glue to dry. Place the magnets into the tin.

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