Monday, July 5, 2010

Eye Candy - so simple, so sweet!

In a recent post, I shared with you how I prep my marbled Friendly Plastic cutouts ready for jewellery making. And yesterday I finally had some time to transform those demo samples into pieces of jewellery so that you can see how your marbled cutouts can be utilised.

So, today it's candy time..... some super easy and sweet ideas to turn your marbled Friendly Plastic into gorgeous jewellery!

First up, a simple pendant hanging on a chain. For this piece I've used findings from Plaid's Fresh range: a petal shaped pendant, a circular frame and silver chain. Plaid has done all the hard work here as these components are designed to work together. To personalise the piece, I added some white rub ons and clear crystals to give it some added interest and complement the Friendly Plastic hearts without overpowering them.
Aqua Hearts
The second piece was a lucky find. This bracelet watch (minus its workings) was the perfect size for the small oval cutout - it just snapped into place as if the two were made for each other!! The pink crystals on the bracelet tone perfectly with the mauve Friendly Plastic. This is upcycling at it's easiest!

To achieve the colours of the third piece, I marbled white Friendly Plastic with alcohol inks. Then I wrapped the heart cutout in a square-shaped silver filigree stamping. The little crown is a round filigree stamping which fitted perfectly behind the heart. I haven't decided whether this piece will become a pin or a necklace yet.

And the last piece for today is a stretch bracelet.
This oval has a front and a back to sandwich the elastic between the two layers and hold it securely in place. To do this, place one piece (resin side down) on your workspace. I prefer to use a non stick surface just to be on the safe side. Use a heat gun to soften only the top. Lay a headpin on the melted surface and press it down into the plastic. Lay the second piece down on top (plastic sides together) lining it up perfectly. Gently press the two pieces together. When cool, remove the pin and thread through the beading elastic.

The beads in this piece are also from Plaid's Fresh range and they coordinate perfectly with the turquoise and silver marbling. The addition of a few silver bead caps and some crystals for bling make this a really pretty bracelet.

Well, that's it for today! I hope you can see how easy it is to take a marbled cutout and turn it into a piece of unique jewellery. Perhaps you'll be inspired to turn some of your Friendly Plastic creations into your own original pieces of jewellery!

Right now I'm gearing up for more Friendly Plastic demos on Thursday at the Bribie Island Community Arts Centre so I'll have more samples to share with you later in the week.

'Til next time.....

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