Pink Shirts and Guys Wearing Necklaces

You are a lovely lot!  You certainly know how to make a person feel good with all your supportive comments.  I am delighted that you got inspiration from the Create and Craft show this morning, and we only touched upon a fraction of what Friendly Plastic can do.

And for those of you who emailed in, whether or not you won Martin’s  beads (he of the pink shirt and Friendly Plastic necklace!) that he made on the show,  or had your email read out, I will be sending you a little something just from me.  You were heroic getting up and watching the box at 8 o’clock in the morning!

There are some questions that arose from the show and the comments on my previous post that I will answer here, but first I have just snapped a few pics of the painted Cloud Clay (unpainted version in previous post) to underline the fact that it is a great modelling medium in it’s own right, and you don’t just have to use it with Friendly Plastic.

One smug green frog painted with acrylic paints, permanent pen and nail varnish (couldn’t find my yellow acrylic paint but I did have some brilliant yellow nail varnish instead – don’t ask!)

Sinister goggle eyed man from Sarah Lawrence’s Karantha moulds, mounted on card with bendy arms and Kenny Everett outsized hands (now that shows my age)

Mouse pencil topper with painted wire tail.  Tip for making pencil toppers with Cloud Clay – use a small circular metal shape cutter and place the end of a pencil inside.  fill the space between the pencil and the shape cutter with Cloud Clay, carefully remove the pencil and allow the CC to dry in the cutter.  When dry (overnight), remove from the cutter and stick your mouse on top using silicone glue.  The Cloud Clay will slide neatly on to the end of the pencil again and hold in place.  If you don’t glue it down then it can be transferred to other pencils.  Could make a great kids class – thinking of you Sue.


These flowers are mounted using glue on to some ribbons and I stitched brooch pins to the back.  Variations of this idea would be great for wedding jewellery or hair adornments – Cloud Clay is incredibly light.

Close up of the flower made using the Trefoil cutter, the finished Cloud Clay flower is just under 4cm across.

All the above have been painted primarily with acrylic paints and sealed with a water based paint on varnish for added protection.

In answer to Sue’s question about using Rub n Buff on textured (or non textured Cloud Clay), yes, it works very well.  If you are doing this with kids then close supervision is necessary or too much Rub n Buff could be applied.  It is easier to build up the colour than take it off.

Going back to Friendly Plastic, Stacey asked in her email to the show this morning about what she would need to start working with Friendly Plastic.  The answer to that is essentially some Friendly Plastic and some instructions in the form of a DVD, book or kit.  All the tools and equipment can be improvised or found around the home, and once you decide whether you like working with FP (which of course you will do!) then is the time to build up your tools and equipment.  My favourite tools are my needle tool, heat gun (Heat It Up tool), hot water bath, strong scissors, an embossing tool, Teflon craft mat, the rubber mat, aluminium kitchen foil, and a non stick rolling pin.  I use lots of other tools for particular jobs, but those that I have listed would be my basic kit.  If you like to learn in a class setting, and there is nothing quite like going to a class to get a headful of ideas and techniques under your belt, then if you check out the classes tab at the top of the page you will see what is coming up in the next few months.