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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

How to create Abstract Wall Art with Friendly Plastic - FREE TUTORIAL

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Jana Ewy is one of our well known here on the Friendly Plastic blog for her contribution of the Fracture and Fusion technique and for her ability to create stunning pieces of Friendly Plastic Jewelry.  In today's featured tutorial, Jana shows you how combine your Fractured and Fusion pieces and Friendly Plastic stick to create a beautiful collage of abstract wall art suitable for framing.

Friendly Plastic in Abstract

 STEP-BY-STEP with Jana Ewy
All Rights Reserved Jana Ewy
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Skill Level: Easy  
Medium project sheet difficulty star symbolproject sheet difficulty star symbol
Friendly Plastic Abstract Art piece framed

AMACO® Materials:

Friendly Plastic® 7" Designer sticks and  left over pieces from other projects 

Other Materials:

Griddle (set at 200 to 250 degrees)
Non-stick Baking Sheet


Friendly Plastic scraps

1. Gather all of your beautiful Friendly Plastic® scraps and small bits and pieces that you have been saving. Because we are going to use them to create fabulous Abstract art
pieces worthy of framing.

Select the pieces you will use

2. Start by selecting a few pieces that you think might work well together.

Arrange the pieces

3. Play around with the placement, until you are happy with the overall design.
Note: I call this part REHEARSAL…having a plan in place before going to the griddle with my pieces.

Place pieces on the griddle one at a time

4. Now it is time to get cooking…Place the baking sheet onto the pre-heated griddle, and one at a time in the design you have arranged begin placing the pieces onto the griddle. Allow the base pieces to soften, before adding next layer.

Trim any pieces which are too long

5. Trim any of the pieces that are a bit too long.

Press strips into place

6. Lightly press the thin strips into place to ensure that they stay put…right where you want them.

Add black and white strips

7. As you can see I love the look of black and white stripes together with all the beautiful bright colors. For this reason I will create small black and white striped sheets for use in projects just like this one. They add that perfect whimsical touch.

Leave space between strips so background can show through

8. Leaving small gaps between the long strips allows the background to show through.

Add dots

9. Small circles and dots add another fun element to your design.

Add another dot

10. Plus they are a great way to add another color element or fill in an empty space.

Add a ring

11. Rings are another playful element to add to your design.

Add one more dot

12. Almost complete…just one more little dot.

Add a last pop of color

13. No…I think it needs this one last pop of color.

Finished piece

14. There we go…that looks good. Allow all of the pieces to soften and inlay into one another. This takes just a few minutes. Once you are happy with the inlay process, remove the baking sheet from the griddle and allow the
plastic to cool. Remove the plastic from the pan.
Frame your new design or use it in any number of applications. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

a few more designs

15. Why stop with just one. Here are a few more designs for inspiration.

finished example 1 finished example 2 finished example 3
finished example 4 finished example 5  


Linda Peterson is compensated and endorsed by AMACO. The guests features may or may not have any affiliation with AMACO.

1 comment:

thefrugalcrafter said...

those are adorable! Are they rugged enough for brooches at that size, I'd totally waer them!


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