Okay, after staring at the bags of old friendly plastic I decided that I had to try using the stuff. Some of the plastic was very brittle and shattered when I tried cutting the strips with my Tim Holtz scissors. I found the metallic's weren't so bad. I read on a FP website yesterday that you can place the FP in the oven to try and recondition old plastic. I don't know if I will do that, as for right now I am happy experimenting with how the plastic is right now.
I first gathered all of my supplies...( I first tried non stick Reynolds's aluminum wrap and that worked fine) Teflon sheet, friendly plastic, Tim Holtz scissors, needle tool, cup of water, glass beads and small regular beads, and my heat tool. The plastic slides off both the Teflon and non stick aluminum easily when the plastic has cooled.
My first attempt is the photo at the beginning of this post. I cut purple, iridescent blue, silver and gold and heated the plastic until it started to melt. I then took my wet needle tool and ran it thru the plastic. Reheated the plastic and sprinkled beads on top.
Now, for my second attempt...I cut some white, red and a red metallic FP. I then cut a heart shape from the red metallic and placed it on top of the other colors. Heated the plastic and then dropped small, glass, holeless beads. I really like how this piece turned out..pretty enough to put a pin back on or add it to an ATC or a Valentine card.
my cut red/white pieces
heated red and white plastic with beads
random colors of FP with a button that I cut off the shank and imbedded into the hot melted plastic.
fairy charm embedded in the red and white plastic
black, silver and white FP with a button coin.
I must say, I really had fun experimenting with the Friendly plastic. I'm not sure if I will attempt making beads and other things because most of my plastic is old and brittle, but for now..I am very happy playing with what I have on hand in my first attempts. Now, to some make cards/atc's to put these medallions on.
Wow, I can't believe that twice today I have shared art with all of you. In 2011 it could be weeks in between art projects. How fun to be able to do this today.