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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Bangle Bracelets with Friendly Plastic and Copper Wire - New Video

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Friendly Plastic Copper Wire Bangle Bracelet How-To Tutorial

Today, I'm back sharing a great mixed media jewelry project made with Friendly Plastic.  I love to combine other materials such as copper wire with Friendly Plastic to create truely unique and one of a kind jewelry designs. In this how to video tutorial, I show you how to combine the Fracture and Fusion technique with copper wire to create gorgeous one of a kind bangles.  This is one project that is so quick and easy and fun you can make multiple bangles in a matter of minutes to share and give as gifts. Watch the 3 minute how to video here
  •  Here's what you will need to make the Friendly Plastic Copper Wire Bangle
  • Friendly Plastic metallic strips  in your colors of choice
  • Heavy duty scissors
  • Non-Stick worksurface
  • Heat tool
  • WireForm(R) Soft Copper Rods
  • Pliers
  • Wire Cutters
  • Bowl of cold water
  1. Cut strips of Friendly Plastic into 1/4" widths and then into 1 inch sections
  2. Place the strips together onto a non-stick worksurface and heat until you can press in a fingerprint. Allow to cool in bowl of water
  3. Trim the piece with scissors so that the edges are even.  It will be approximately 1 inch tall and about 3 inches wide (or use a desired width)
  4. Flip the cooled strip upside down onto the workmat and heat the backside until you can press in a fingerprint. Slightly raise one edge.
  5. Center the wire over the Friendly Plastic at the top edge and roll the Friendly Plastic strip around the wire. Roll back and forth over the seam to smooth.
  6. Wait until  the Friendly Plastic is almost cooled (very slightly warm) and begin bending into a bangle shape.
  7. Create loops at the end of wire with pliers and wrap additional lengths of wire around the bangle to embellish.
Wear and Enjoy! Friendly-Plastic-bangle TIP:  Use different colors and gauges of wires for an interesting variation. There are several ways to heat Friendly Plastic.  For this particular technique, I use a heat tool because it's easy and fast.  You can also use a griddle, hot water method or oven.        

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Friendly Plastic and Swarovski Crystal Earrings - 5 Easy Steps

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Today we're sharing a Friendly Plastic jewelry making video  This time I’m showing you how to use the Fracture and Fusion technique and beautiful Swarovski Crystals to create a delicious pair of earrings in just 5 easy steps.  I like nearly instant results and jewerly projects that don’t take a lot of time and don’t break the bank. I know you will appreciate that too!
A few quick hints here before you get started  I find that a dry heat method works best for this jewelry project.  I prefer using a griddle, but you can also use a heat embossing tool to heat the Friendly Plastic strips.  I set my griddle to just below 200 degrees farenheit.  Add each strip of Friendly Plastic one at a time and allow it to completely fuse.  Once the plastic is cooled, it will become hard again.  You can heat and reheat Friendly Plastic multiple times.
Here’s what you’ll need
  • Friendly Plastic – 3 or more colors
  • Head pins
  • Bi-cone crystal beads
  • Earring wires
  • Shape cutters
  • 24 gauge gold wire (optional)
  • Round nose jewelry pliers
  • Griddle or heat tool
  • Wire cutters
  • Box cutter
  • Ruler with steel edge
  • Cutting surface
  • Non-stick work surface
  • Petroleum Jelly
How to Step by Step Instructions:
  • Step 1: Cut Friendly Plastic into 1/8 in. to 1/4 in. wide strips lengthwise using the box cutter, ruler and cutting surface.
  • Step 2:  Lay the non-stick workmat onto griddle (set to approximately 200 degrees F). Place the first strip onto the mat.  Place additional strips next to previous strip and allow to fuse together.  Tap any gaps closed with your finger.
  • Step 3:  Apply generous amount of petroleum jelly to cutter and press cutter into plastic to cut out shape.  Cut out two shapes for each earring.  Allow to cool before removing excess plastic.
  • Step 4:  Turn one shape over and heat the surface until it is shiny. Place a headpin lengthwise in the center of shape.  Place the remaining piece over this assembly to encase the headpin between the two layers.  Refine edges if needed.  Let cool.  Repeat for other earring.
  • Step 5:  Loop each end of the wire with round nose pliers. Attach beaded dangles and earring wire and wrap with wire if desired.



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