Beaded Dragonfly Art Mould
1. You will need Friendly Plastic Sticks in a selection of colours, from the Altered Element, a selection of beads, some stamens or wire for antennae, and Krafty Lady Dragonfly Art Mould AM 308 from the Stamp Bug, www.thestampbug.co.uk. Have a bowl of cold water ready.
4. Start to melt the first piece with your heat gun about 15 cms away. This is just so it is sticky so the wing pieces will stick to it in a moment without blowing out of position.
5. It will start to look shiny and you will see the shape of the beads appearing.
6. Place the wing pieces in position, coloured side down and start to melt them.
7. You will see them become shiny and more metallic and they will sink down into the wings, taking on the shape.
8. Dip your fingers into the water and start to press the molten friendly plastic into the shape of the mould, and continue to dip your fingers. If you have long finger nails you can use your knuckles.
9. Pop the whole mould into the bowl of water. After about one minute it will be cool and you can very easily pop the dragonfly out.
10. The beads will probably pop out. This is ok as the main thing is you are left with the impression so that you can now glue them in with Glossy Accents.
The unbeaded dragonfly:-
The final beaded dragonfly:-
Microscope Frame Friendly Plastic Karantha Pendant
You will need friendly plastic sticks, microscope sized memory frame, and Karantha Blossom and Leaves stamp, all from the Altered Element. You will also need necklace findings and small beads and trimmings to finish off the piece, and Metallic Rub Ons, or Rub N Buff from the Altered Element.
1. Cut a piece of friendly plastic to fit the frame.
3. Arrange a flower and sprig of leaves from the Karantha set on an acrylic block, and 'ink up' with Versamark.
4. Stamp into the softened plastic and allow to cool before removing.
5. Rub with Metallic Rub Ons or Rub N Buff to highlight the stamped image.
6. Trim off any edges that have frilled and fit it inside the frame.
7. Cut a tiny circle from a contrasting colour using a Crop-o-dile or similar. Soften the top left of the piece where the centre of the flower is, place the 'dot' in position and heat for a moment until it sinks into the background piece, but avoid overheating it as you will lessen the embossed design.
8. Thread some co-ordinating beads and a wire embellishment (I didn't make this, it was from a chutney jar!), using bead filament, and attach to the back of the friendly plastic piece with strong double sided tape such as Red Line.
9. Tidy the back by covering with co-ordinating paper.
10. Thread onto a suitable chain.
Square Memory Frame Pendant
You will need a Square Memory Frame and Friendly Plastic from the Altered Element, and Crafty Individuals stamp CI 252, and Krafty Lady Art Mould AM 263 from the Stamp Bug. Suitable chain and findings.
1. Cut a piece of Friendly Plastic (Blue Swirl) to fit your square Memory Frame.
2. Ink up Crafty Individuals CI 252 with Versamark.
3. Heat the friendly plastic until crazed then stamp, and leave to cool.
4. Rub the piece with Metallic Rub Ons or Rub N Buff.
5. Make up a Small Floral Heart art mould AM 263 using Gold/Black Friendly Plastic. You will only need about a centimetre for this little mould. Adhere to the centre of the piece with Glossy Accents.
6. Add a suitable chain to make a necklace.
You will need Pewter/Black friendly plastic stick, Karantha Blossom and Leaves, Accent Beads, Rub N Buff or Metallic Rub ons, Bracelet Clasp
1. Soften a whole piece of Pewter/Black friendly plastic until it is crazed and softened at the edges.
2. Arrange all 4 of the Karantha stamps on a long acrylic block as shown and ink up with Versamark.
3. Stamp into the softened friendly plastic and leave to cool.
4. Turn over and heat the reverse until shiny and bend into a cuff shape - you can use your non-stick craft sheet to hold it as you bend it.
5. Rub with Green Metallic Rub On.
6. Use the small hole of your Crop O Dile or similar to make a hole either side of the back of the cuff, and set with eyelets.
7. Add jump rings and a bracelet clasp.
8. Cut 2 more pieces of the Pewter friendly plastic so that when placed together, they are large enough for the Karantha flower. Soften with the heat gun, press the stamp into the pieces, and leave to cool.
9. Cut out with sharp scissors.
10. Add green rub on.
11. Soften slightly with the heat gun and curl the petals upwards.
12. Add co-ordinating beads to the centre with Glossy Accents.
13. Adhere the flower to the cuff, in the centre but slightly offset, using strong glue. This is the final cuff.
CD and Friendly Plastic Brooches
These are just CDs cut into wedges and coloured with Wild Plum, Denim, and Eggplant Alcohol Inks. I've them added accent beads, friendly plastic art moulds, an image transferred vintage lady, some cogs, a button, and a rose made from a roasting tin. I have stamped the backgrounds with a Crafty Individuals Flourish using black Archival ink, and then wiped it straight off to lift some of the alcohol ink in a swirl. I then coloured some glossy card with the same alcohol inks to go on the reverse, and added brooch backs.
This pendant was made with a Tim Holtz Ornate Frame, simply cutting a piece of friendly plastic to fit the oval aperture, softening it with the heat gun, then adding a friendly plastic small dragonfly art mould, and some beads.