Friday, February 12, 2010

Moulding with Friendly Plastic Scraps

Earlier in the week I showed you how to mould with Friendly Plastic Designer Sticks. But today I want to show you how to use up all the scraps and offcuts you have left over from other Friendly Plastic projects to make your own unique embellishment for your projects.
You'll need scraps of Friendly Plastic, a mould (I've used Krafty Lady art mould AM298 Lge Paris), a heat gun, Tim Holtz Tonic scissors and a bowl of cold water.Cut the Friendly Plastic into small pieces.Place the scraps into the mould in a single layer and heat with the heat gun until they are softened.
Dip your fingers in cold water and press them into the softened plastic to press the pieces together. You are trying to pick up all the detail in the bottom of the mould so allow the pieces to spread across the bottom as you press.Place another layer of scrap on top and heat. With wet fingers press the pieces together.Keep adding layers in this fashion until the mould is full. You can even add the bits from the teeth of the marbling comb - there is no wastage with Friendly Plastic.Fill the mould until it is full - it doesn't matter which way up you place the pieces. Make sure this top layer is level with the top of the mould so that you have a flat bottom on your cast.Place the mould in cold water and leave it to set. It will take just a few minutes.To remove the cast from the mould just bend the edge of the mould back and the cast will remove very easily - you never quite know how the cast will look!You can colour the cast with alcohol ink, Krylon Leafing Pen or AMACO's Rub 'n Buff. I chose Gold Leaf Rub 'n Buff for this piece. I've squeezed a little on my finger......... and lightly coloured the raised areas of the cast. And now my embellishment is ready to be used in my next project.You can find the full tutorial on my website - it's in printable pdf format so you can print it out for easy reference when you are trying this technique.

Now that you've seen how easy it is to mould your own embellishments I hope you'll save all your Friendly Plastic scraps and give this a go.

'Til next time...

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