Friday, March 13, 2009

Friendly Plastic Tile Jewellery

Wow, Friendly Plastic's fun!! Is there no end to the ways this incredible material can be used?!!

If you've been following my blog you'll have noticed quite a few posts about Friendly Plastic recently. (And if you haven't been following my blog, then click on the Friendly Plastic label in my index to see what I've been up to.)

I've used it on card fronts, in jewellery pieces and also to cover pens. I've had a play with Jana Ewy's Fracture and Fusion technique, I've made beads using a couple of different bead making techniques, I've moulded it and I've marbled it. So this week I set out to use it differently yet again and I've gone in another direction altogether.

This technique works best with light coloured Friendly Plastic sticks, as in the sample above. To create this piece I used a white-backed stick as the front of the tiles because I was running low on MOP and didn't want to use it up on an experimental piece (the coloured side of the stick is sandwiched inside).

And it turned out rather nicely. I simply impressed a stamp into the softened plastic and painted in the detail with Pinata alcohol inks.

So I figured it would also work really well on silver.....And the results are pretty eye catching.

Friendly Plastic is such an economical product. Each of these pieces of jewellery is made using just two 3" sticks - one for the front and the other as the backing to secure the findings in place. With the addition of a few metal findings, my plastic tiles have been turned into really unique, designer pieces of jewellery that look like they've come from an exclusive (and expensive) boutique.

What a versatile product Friendly Plastic is!

Stay tuned for further instalments on this technique as I have more ideas floating around in my head. Hopefully they will make it onto my blog soon...... maybe some time next week!