Monday, 26 October 2009

Friendly Plastic Pendant


I don't make much Friendly Plastic jewellery, mainly because I'm not really sure what I'm doing, (anyone want to teach me?), and I never think I will be able to come up with something that someone actually wants to wear.  Anyway, I was feeling  very inspired yesterday after doing lots of blog hopping (and I have lots of blue clothes and no jewellery to wear with them), so I decided to use of some of my FP scraps.  This is what I came up with, and whilst I know it's not perfect, I'm actually quite pleased with how it's turned out! 

I started off by making the frame using ArtEmboss aluminium.  I rolled in the edges using a cocktail stick to start me off and make sure they were reasonably straight, and pressed down with an embossing tool to create the indentations.  I used acrylic paint to create the slightly aged effect.  Then I found some FP scraps, heated them with my heat gun and pressed them into the frame, makign sure there were no gaps.  If the FP started to cool too much I just gave it a blast with the heat gun whilst in the frame - this helped it to stick too.  Then when I'd filled the frame I added a glaze over the top and left it to dry.  I was originally going to solder a jump ring onto the top, but have discovered that soldering doesn't really work with aluminium (or maybe I just need more practice)!  Anyway, I settled for  punching a tiny hole through the top and adding wire.  I added some FP beads and some small seed beads on the wire and twisted it around to make a loop at the top.

7 comments:

sam21ski said...

WOW - Looks stunning, no wonder you were pleased with it xxxx

sassy said...

cor blimey this is fabby work hun...i had a fling with the friendly stuff loved it and made a nice broach once lol!!! love the necklace and if you decide you dont ill buy it..its beautufll and cant see much wrong with your tenique,,trial and error but this is deffo a winner hugs sasyx

Nicks said...

it's beautiful! love the colours

(BTW nowt wrong with your soldering, you can't solder onto aluminium)

Femmy said...

love it!! great colors!

AimeeInOhio said...

Beautiful neclace!

DF - Heidi said...

love it have to say your the best person who manages to do stuff with FP that i have ever known - if you had taped the jump ring on with cooper tape you then could have soldered the tape, just make certain the area is really clean before you put the tape on, its worked for me a couple of times failing that get a gas oxyi mix cylinder to do the soldering......mmmmm no maybe not

Bevie said...

I sure would wear this...it's awesome...Love your blog!!!