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Sunday, July 12, 2015

How to make your own Friendly Plastic Strips and Sheets

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There's been a buzz in the Friendly Plastic world about the availability of Friendly Plastic sticks.  Unfortunately, the manufacturer of the raw materials has decided to retire and as a result, Friendly Plastic sticks - and ONLY STICKS have been discontinued.

Amaco still does have and will continue to supply Friendly Plastic in the Pellet form.  While not as convenient as the sticks, Pellets can be colored with acrylic paint, rolled out into sheets of various thicknesses and decorative foil can be applied.  This gives a very similar look to the previously manufactured sticks.

In this video, Linda Peterson shows you how to make your own Friendly Plastic sheets from Friendly Plastic Pellets.










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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Friendly Plastic - How to make Hibiscus Like Flowers

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I love flowers! They always lift my mood! With Spring in full bloom in my yard, I took inspiration from Nature to bring this segment to you.

Friendly Plastic is a versatile modeling medium that becomes soft and pliable when heated and retains its shape when cooled.

Simply cut a square of your favorite color of Friendly Plastic and heat with a heat tool on a non-stick worksurface.  Let it cool slightly before picking it up.Pinch and ruffle the edges with your finger. Cut a long thin triangle and insert it into the center for the stamen.  Create the leaves by cutting teardrop shapes with scissors, heating and drawing vein marks with a needle tool.

Arrange your flowers into a pleasing arrangement and glue them down with tacky glue.
As you can see, I glued my pieces to a filigree jewelry finding and added some vintage lace to a book.  So many possibilities to turn this into jewelry, vintage inspired designs, decorate photo albums, picture frames and so much more.

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