Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Wishing Well Granted - Part One - Friendly Plastic

Hello everyone and welcome to the first part of this weeks Wishing Well.
As usual our fairies and elf have been very busy and created some
wonderful projects for you.

Caroline Hallett said "I came to your demo day and was intrigued by the lady with the magic
plastic - could we have an on line tutorial or something similar on that"

Well, Caroline, your wish is our command.........

Today, our Guest Designer and Elf Neil has a superb project for you.

And Caroline wins.....
4 x pieces of Friendly Plastic and a pack of Cosmic Shimmer Fibres

(Not necessarily colours shown)

Caroline, please get in touch so we can send you your prize!

Neil says.......

"Hi there everyone; as part of my guest designer slot this month
 I have been asked to share a step by step
tutorial using friendly plastic...... so here goes.
For my project I decided to do a trinket box.

Before you begin I recommend that you gather everything you need so it
is handy and prepare your work surface. 

You will need: Friendly plastic, I used gold, copper and gold spectra,
a heat gun, tin foil, scissors, your chosen box (The Craft Barn always has a great selection),
a bowl of cold water, a rubber stamp, I used Crafty Individuals - Clocks CI 255, acrylic 
block and black Stazon Ink. 

Measure your box and cut a piece of tin foil so that it is slightly  larger.
Using scissors, cut and arrange various pieces of plastic onto the foil, until you are 
happy with the layout.  

Heat with the heat gun (it will change texture slightly as it softens, I heated for
approximately 60 seconds).  Ink up your stamp with Stazon and press into the plastic and immediately
pop the lot into the bowl of water to cool down.
(Don't try to remove the stamp before doing this!)

 After a minute or two take out of the water, remove the block and tin foil.

You can now peel off the stamp!!

Then you end up with this.......

Using a craft knife and mat carefully cut out a clock from the piece.

Pop the piece onto the lid of your box and mark the aperture in pencil.

Remove and add a clock face sticker (I used one from Tim Holtz salvage sticker set).

Then add a small idea-ology spinner with a brad. Glue the plastic to the lid.
When dry, flood the aperture with glossy accents and leave to dry.

Using the same steps as before cut, heat and stamp additional strips of plastic for the sides.
It's a good idea to put the lid on and draw a line all around so you know
where to put the plastic on the box sides as you do still want to be able to close it!!
When it is dry you will see that some of the edges don't meet, or they curl slightly;
or perhaps there are some gaps. Put some glossy accents into those areas and pour over

And there you have it; a heavy embossed and richly textured trinket box.
I love the mixture of different gold tones that the plastics give.

I hope you do too and will give it a try".

"I made another box too but only did the lid using plastic and painted the sides in bronze.
I also flooded the aperture with crackle accents instead which looks good too....."

Thanks Neil, didn't I tell you that you would love it?????

Please let us know what you think.....

Ok, I shall be back tomorrow with Part Two and fairy Chris!!!

See you then,



  1. WOW Neil what a stunning project and great tutorial thanks

  2. Fab technique thanks for sharing. I've wanted to play with FP for ages as this has given me the inspiration I needed xxx

  3. Great box - love the texture you've achieved just with a few strips of plastic. Might have to give it a go!!

  4. Oh, thank you - I have some strips of Friendly Plastic that must have been sitting in my stash for at least 3 years now!! I haven't had a clue what to do with them, so I'm thrilled to see this tutorial, thank you :-)

  5. Great work, looking forward to seeing the next one.

  6. I have some friendly plastic for a looooong while now and have not known what to do with it !!! Great project look forward to seeing more.

  7. Oh my!! Wow Neil this is amazing - thank you for sharing. x

  8. totally scrummy box, love the texture

  9. Neil, what a grate box,
    & what a fab tutorial,
    thanks for shearing that with us,

  10. Oh well done Neil that's a fab box and what a usefull tip about there the edges don't quite meet :)
    Von x

  11. StubnningCreation thanks for showcasing this technique

  12. What an amazing project! Absolutely stunning and fabulous tutorial!

  13. Fantastic technique and wonderful box.
    Happy Easter to you.

  14. Wow a stunning creation, thanks for a fab tutorial.
    Julie W x

  15. Super! Ca fait longtemps que je me posais la question. Merci pour cette technique.


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