Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Confetti Beads...

My drawers of Friendly Plastic scraps are beginning to take over my newly organized studio. Something has to be done about it. What to create with all these bits and pieces? Beads, Baubles and Bangles... for starters. What a fun way to use some of your scraps.

There is nothing difficult about making beads. They don't have to be perfect just enjoy the process. All I did was pre-heat my griddle and soften a few scraps, metallic side down on a silicone mat. Next... remove the mat from the heat and begin rolling the edges into the center in order to cover up the backing. Then simply moisten your hands, pick up the plastic and roll it into a ball. Drop the bead into a dish of ice cold water for a few seconds, to harden the out side shell, them pierce the bead with a needle tool. Thats it. A one of a kind bead is born. Check out the Friendly Plastic E-cyclopedia for more info on making beads.

String your beads on wire, elastic cording or whatever suites your fancy. Creating bracelets is also a great way to use small scraps of linked chains. Just start connecting them all together with jump rings, and see what you can come up with. An eclectic mix of metal and plastic scraps, that has become a designer piece of jewelry.

This is just the beginning... I have have a few more ideas up my sleeve. If you are a proud owner of my Friendly Plastic 101 book, check out the scrap art greeting cards and scrap art doll that are featured inside. They are fabulous projects, that show you how to turn your scraps into amazing ART.

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