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Monday, March 11, 2013

Make a great Impression - 5 Ideas on How to texture and Stamp Friendly Plastic + Featured Video

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How to Create Textures and Impressions on Friendly Plastic


It's not just pretty shiny plastic, that you can cut apart and put back together.  Friendly Plastic is so versatile and capable of simulating a variety of mediums from semi-precious stones, aged metal and  more.  

Softened Friendly Plastic® accepts textures and impressions very nicely, and it is an easy way to create very interesting surface effects.




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Here's an easy reference excerpt from Jana Ewy's Friendly Plastic Bible:

Texture and Impression Tools

Rubber Stamps – Being one of the most popular and easiest to use, rubber stamps can be found in any number of sizes and designs and are a perfect way to make an impression or add texture to Friendly Plastic®.
 Apply a release agent to your stamp before pressing it into the plastic. It can be anything… water, inks, release agents, Vaseline, badger balm. Your choice depending on your project.
 If using the griddle method to soften the plastic, be sure to remove the plastic from the heat before stamping.
 The stamp must be left in the plastic until it has hardened before removing.
Rubber Texture Sheets – Rubber texture sheets are nothing more than un-mounted rubber stamps, and for the most part were created for use with polymer clay and metal clay. The patterns are more of a motif (repeated design), rather than a single image or vignette. Some have smaller patterns, making them more suitable for jewelry, while others have larger motifs, perfect for paper crafting, home decor and other accessories. Much like rubber stamps, they can be found in several designs styles and are used in the same manner.
 See Rubber Stamps as the same tips apply to texture sheets.
Plastic Texture Plates – The clear plastic texture plates designed for use in a pasta machine, with clay or ArtEmboss® soft embossing metal, can also be used with Friendly Plastic. I do have to CAUTION you, if you choose to use these plastic texture sheets, because plastic to plastic may cause a sticky situation. NOT one of my recommendations.
 These plates are better used with plastic that has been softened in a hot water bath.
 A release agent must be applied to the plates.
Manufactured Molds – The flexible manufactured molds used with polymer clay also work well with Friendly Plastic®. Softened Friendly Plastic® can be pressed into molds, recreating an image of the original design. This is also a great way to use small scraps of Friendly Plastic® you have been saving. The depth of the mold and the intricacy of the design, will determine which heating method will work best. The Hot Water method would be my choice, as it will give you a much more malleable piece of plastic, perfect for pressing into a mold.
 A release agent may need to be applied on some of the deeper more intricate molds.
Silicone Putty Molds – The silicone putty molds you can make yourself, from your own design, are one of my favorites. They work well with plastic softened, using any of the heating methods. I have had great success using these molds and have never had to use a release agent.

-end excerpt

I'll share more on mold making in a future post as it's so easy to do and really a nice way to expand the uses for Friendly Plastic sticks and pellets.  I use a product called EasyMold from Eti which is a two part silicone mold that sets up very quickly.


Maybe your mind is spinning thinking of things you already have - rubber stamps? bobbins - they have a nice round texture, office supplies like paper clips, bobby pins?  Think outside the box.  Also, a grouping of like shapes is nice, for example and arrangement of paper clips will give you nice geometric abstract shapes with lines and circles.  I encourage you to take the first 15 minutes of your creative time and just play with different shape arrangements.


We've put together a collection of videos that highlight these techniques.  Which technique is your favorite?






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