Single-Strand Necklace with Friendly Plastic® and Chain
Friendly Fashion Charm Necklace
Many of us remember Friendly Plastic®. First seen in the 1980s, the fresh and innovative ideas seen now are bringing this beautiful and easy-to-use moldable plastic back in a big way and it is HOT! With bright, stunning metallic and solid colors, the unique nature of this modeling material can be used to simulate the look of metal, wood or glass. The sheer variety of effects that can be achieved with Friendly Plastic is what makes this low-melt modeling material so spectacular. Press it into fantastic molds, color it with alcohol inks, stamp it, rivet it, create inlays, mosaics and shapes--the potential is endless!
Play with a few of the most popular stamping, layering, embedding and riveting techniques used with Friendly Plastic when you make this charm necklace.
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Jamie, Jewelry Production Specialist, Marketing Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®To learn more about Jamie Smedley, read her jewelry artist success story here
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To create the swirled effect you will need to blend three different sticks of Friendly Plastic. Using a ruler and scissors, measure and cut Friendly Plastic sticks into strips measuring 1/4 inch wide by 5-inches long. You will need enough strips in colors of your choice to cover a 5x5-inch square.
As the Friendly Plastic begins to melt, help the edges melt together by lifting the Teflon sheet by the edges, rolling it and gently rubbing the backside of Teflon with a metal awl or tool to help ooze and ease the melted plastic together.
Designer Tip: Never leave Friendly Plastic unattended on heat source. When melting Friendly Plastic, avoid temperatures that are set too high as it can cause scorching and undesirable color changes.
Once the Friendly Plastic strips are completely melted together with no gaps, remove the Teflon sheet from the heat source and place on a flat workspace such as a countertop. Working quickly, place your thumb and index finger on the Teflon sheeting above the melted plastic and, beginning at the top of the melted plastic near your fingers, slowly drag the marbling comb crossways in a straight line through the melted plastic.
Note: Quickly clean the tips of the marbling comb by peeling the plastic off with your fingernails to keep the drawn lines thin and smooth.
Using scissors and the shown templates (see below) cut the textured Friendly Plastic sheet into the marquise, trapezoid, round, rectangle and paisley shapes needed to make the necklace. If the cut edges of your shapes are rough, you can lightly touch them to the Teflon sheet on the heated griddle to soften and then press the edges smooth with your fingers.
Cut a 35mm round piece of blue Friendly Plastic and heat it on the Teflon. Once the plastic is soft, lightly tamp the punched antiqued silver filigree square component into it so that the plastic oozes slightly through the holes of the silver filigree. Once the blue plastic hardens, use the steel hole punch to punch a small hole in the center of the layered antiqued silver filigree blue plastic round.
Thread onto an antiqued brass headpin:
Designer Tip: To create a slightly blackened finish on the sterling silver rivets, use a soft bristle brush to apply a wash of liver of sulphur mixed with water onto finished rivets. Once the desired color is achieved, rinse the rivets with water and pat dry.
Close the jumpring. Attach the remaining briolette drops to the other two loops on the pewter drop.
Lay the marquise shape face down on a flat surface. Center the pendant on the chain necklace and then overlap the chain, approximately two inches above the trapezoid pendant, near the ends of the marquise shape.
On a Teflon sheet, heat a narrow piece of Friendly Plastic scrap. When melted, pick up the Teflon sheet and gently mold it widthwise over one section of the chain onto the back of the marquise shape, being careful not to apply too much pressure that it oozes over the edges of the marquise shape. Once the plastic is cooled, remove the Teflon sheet and repeat to adhere the other chain section to the marquise shape.
Designer Tip: If there is a bit of Friendly Plastic showing from the underside of the marquise shape, trim it with scissors, heat the edges and press any rough edges smooth with your fingertips.
Using chain-nose and flat-nose pliers, open a jumpring and thread it through the simple loop of the lochrose drop and through the jumpring at the hook end of the necklace clasp. Close the jumpring.
Examples of pieces made using Friendly Plastic designer sticks:
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