The End Of An Era
It is with great sadness I have to announce the death of Friendly Plastic. Amaco have said that they will no longer be making the product, and there is no other supplier. The stocks that I have (and other retailers) are all that there is to be had.
Having worked with Friendly Plastic for 25 years, it is heartbreaking to see such a versatile and expressive medium disappear. It seems to me that there is an opportunity here for someone to pick up the baton and run with it; there is a market for the medium, it just needs someone who is prepared to supply it. My suggestion would be to change the shape of the sticks into squares, and to give it a more inspiring name that does not sound so naff. I say this because I love the product but feel that the name actually hinders its take up, and the size and shape of the sticks makes it more limiting when it comes to designing.
The news is not all doom and gloom. Friendly Plastic pellets will still be offered by Amaco, and of course there are others on the market that do the same or similar thing. However, the sticks are totally unique and fabulous to work with.
My heart goes out to all of you who make your living by making and selling Friendly Plastic jewellery etc , the news must be devastating for you, and you probably feel badly let down or even betrayed. I can completely understand that.
Over the summer I will be holding a sale at Rare Bird Ltd, so keep your eyes peeled for further information.