It's been a while since I wrote about Friendly Plastic. It is a biodegradable polymer called polycaprolactone with a great advantage - it softens to a putty like consistency at very low heat. Either immersion in hot water or using a heat tool will work. This nylon like plastic, like shrink plastic, has been around in the crafting world for decades and is making a comeback.
It's easy to see why with Linda Petersen's stunning stamped friendly plastic Boho-style earrings video tutorial. She makes it look so easy using alcohol inks, stamps and simple punching tools to cut out shapes. She even rolled some of the plastic into beads! When Friendly Plastic is soft, it is also partly adhesive so adding jump rings to the putty made sense. The metallic look of the plastic is a bonus!
Friendly Plastic is a great alternative to shrink plastic which is only available in limited and rather dull colors - translucent, cream, brown and black.
Hat tip to reader, Aims!
Before You Go:
- Friendly Plastic Jewelry Tutorials
- Shrink Plastic Jewelry Tutorials
- Stunning Crystal and Shrink Plastic Necklace Tutorial
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