Friday, February 20, 2009

Friendly Plastic TV- Candy Striped beads

It's amazing how many polymer clay techniques relate to creating in Friendly Plastic. In this episode of Friendly Plastic TV, I show you how to create Candy striped beads with Friendly Plastic pellets and bead rollers Enjoy!




5 comments:

rarelizzie said...

Linda that was brilliant. You have a very gentle touch as it is easy to mishape the beads. It must be all that polymer clay experience that has done it. Did you coat your bead roller in anything before rolling?

Linda Peterson Designs said...

Thank you Liz! To answer your question, no I did not coat the rollers with anything. Its just a matter of having very light pressure while applying the top to the bead roller. As the bead forms I gently increase the pressure. Eventually the little bar on the top of the bead roller fits into the groove on the bottom and the bead is finished.

Hugs to you in the UK! Linda

rarelizzie said...

Are the bead rollers the same as the ones you use for polymer clay? I wonder if there is any minute residue from the polymer clay. Mine have never been used for PC so perhaps they are slightly stickier? A possiblility? I don't press hard at all, but they can still stick. Or perhaps it is that most of the beads I have tried in the rollers are made from the sticks rather than the pellets, and the colouring of the pellets makes them less sticky. Have you tried using the sticks without adding any extra colour? The more I think about this, the more I feel that this last thought is correct as the added colour often has the effect of making the FP a little less tacky to the touch. Whadyathink?

Linda Peterson Designs said...

Mylene has had some success with sticks and I believe she uses oil. I have not had huge success with making beads with the sticks - though I have to say I haven't given it a good try - nor am I giving up on that idea either. They are the same bead rollers that I've used for polymer clay. I do believe that the pellets are different to work with than the sticks. The way they melt is different and I think they have a more open working time than the sticks....of course this depends I would guess on how hot you heat the pellets/sticks to begin with.

I really think though it's the pellets that make the difference...

rarelizzie said...

I think you are probably right there Linda

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