Medieval Friendly Plastic?


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 Amongst my growing collection of images of jewellery are some fabulous modern takes on this historical style, all made in metal or polymer clay.  So I thought it would respond to hoard of visual goodies with some Friendly Plastic interpretations of the medieval theme.  Above is my attempt to create a pseudo metal medallion that looks like it has been buried in the ground before being unearthed centuries later.  What I found was that it was surprisingly easy to do using recycled Friendly Plastic or Friendly  Plastic Pellets.  The colour comes from Transfer Foils and Mica Powders, the shape from the inside of a small ceramic pot, and the pearls are from one of my Bead Scoops from Jewellery Maker.  The fixing is a Tubead made with Friendly Plastic and my Tubead Kit.

DSC_6922The process of securing the pearls into the medallion led me to work on this primitive  pendant where the natural gem stones are set into holes in the Friendly Plastic from behind, allowing a rim of soft Friendly Plastic to develop on the front side to hold the stone in place.  The beauty of this technique is that it really does resemble some of the stone settings from the period.  By using Transfer Foil sheets that already have some colour taken from them, the broken surface colour allows for more colour to be added using Mica Powders which also have the benefit of muting and toning down too much gloss and shine.

DSC_6958This pendant medallion is similar to the first one, but I used Friendly Plastic Pellets, and the Earth Tones Transfer Foil as the pack contains some white Transfer Foil which was perfect for this broken and cracked enamel-like surface.  Gold Transfer Foil and Zesty Pink Mica Powders helped to create the rest of the finish.  The foils break up on the surface, allowing for more foil and / or Mica Powders to fill the cracks.  The pearls are held in place by small amounts of Pellets from the reverse.  Again, a Tubead has been attached to make a bail.

The end results of these experiments are pieces that really do not look at all like Friendly Plastic, much more like  historical relics that have been worn and used by people long since gone.  However they are light and extremely easy to wear, and cost next to nothing to make.  So insurance will not be necessary, unlike the original artifacts!