Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Friendly Plastic Masks

Friendly Plastic can be used to make stunning masks, as you probably know.  I usually work on the white papier mache mask bases (when I can get them) which tend to be a nicer surface than the brown type.  I do have the 2 eye hole masks available on the web-site (£5.50 each).  There are many different ways of making the masks.  Below are photos of  full face masks and an eye mask - which have been totally covered in Friendly Plastic.  Some of you will seen the orange full face mask at the exhibitions.

You can see from these 2 masks some of the different items which can be easily incorporated.  From feathers and mirror mosaics on the full size masks to plastic coated wire swirls on the small mask.  On the mask below I have added beads by wiring them onto the lacey crown, and Friendly Plastic has been wrapped around the 'tails' hanging from the mask.  You can acutally heat the Friendly Plastic directly onto the mask, and it will fuse to the mask, and you can just continue building up the Friendly Plastic until it is completed.   You can of course reheat the mask at the end to add any embellishments, or to create patterning with a needle tool or rubber stamp.  The 'crown' pieces on the purple mask below were created away from the mask, I then dipped the edge in hot water to fix them to the mask.  Another alternative is to cover the mask with tin foil (a good quality one) - make sure it covers the mask well and is well pressed down.   When the mask is cold it can be lifted off with the foil and the base reused (and the foil pulled away from the Friendly Plastic mask).  Please be patient and do not remove it until it is totally cold!!
By the way the blank mask which I used for this one includes the back 'halo' - which is shown totally covered in purple.  Whilst I do not have this on my web-site I do have 2 or 3 available, so contact me if you would like one.  They are not on the web-site because of the size of the box I have to use!  You can of course always pre-order and collect at an exhibition.

As I said before the masks above are totally covered with Friendly Plastic, but there is another alternative to decorating the mask bases with Friendly Plastic, which is more economical in its use of Friendly Plastic.
These are the examples:

All the masks were worked directly onto the mask bases.  Because I was going to use Alcohol Inks I had to prime the bases firstly, using 2 coats of watered down PVA.  Allowing the first coat to dry before the 2nd was applied, and then allowing it to dry out completely.  For the Friendly Plastic part on the top and bottom mask you can use either Friendly Plastic pellets or 'waste' Friendly Plastic.  The Friendly Plastic was heated on the Teflon Sheet and then a 2nd Teflon Sheet laid on top and then rolled flat.  It was then heated onto the mask and rubbed stamped to create the texture (put the rubber stamp into a clear ink pad first).  Finally the masks were finished with a mixture of Alcohol Inks (including Metallic) over the mask base and the Friendly Plastic.  The ties were done by plaiting metallic threads.
The middle mask is slightly different in that the mask was covered with Alcohol Inks and the flowers were added last (these were made from the pre-coloured Friendly Plastic Strips).  And of course the beaded lengths were added by making tiny holes in the mask.
Hope you enjoy this post.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011


It's off to Liverpool tomorrow.  The boxes are all packed and I just need to load the van in the morning and then hit the road to Aintree Racecourse.  Looking forward to seeing some of you there.  (The show - run by ICHF - is open from Friday to Sunday) 

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Friendly Plastic - new colours

Whilst not new Friendly Plastic colours I have had requests for these colours and have now added them to the web-site.  African Violet on the left, Confetti on the right and I have also added Navy Blue (which is a very dark, almost black Blue colour and not metallic).

Stoke City at Wembley

Even I seem to be carried away by the football fever in Stoke on Trent at the moment.  The road to the motorway is lined with fans - just supporting those on the coaches going to Wembley.  I am not a football fan but I am actually looking forward to watching it in the shop this afternoon.  I have my fingers crossed for a Stoke City win at Wembley.

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Friendly Plastic

I am running a special promotion for May on Friendly Plastic - the price is £1.25 per strip (ends 31.5.11).  In addition the free UK second class postage for orders over £30 still applies.  I have collected the new stock today so if you have been looking for Purple (which has been out of stock for about a week) it is now back in stock, along with Silver on White.  I think the only one which is really low on stock is Turquoise Print as the importers are currently out of stock of this item - I only have about 10 strips in stock.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011


As you can see from the link on the top right of this page I am trying Facebook again.  This time a little different as I have done it as a page (hopefully I will find this easier!).  Again it needs building up and I cannot have a proper name for my page until I have 25 followers - so please feel free to follow me!

Saturday, 7 May 2011

DMC Threads for the Stitcher

Now for something different to Friendly Plastic.  This Wooden Box is a Limited Edition item from DMC and contains 30 DMC Skeins.  Perfect for the stitcher, as a gift, or just to treat yourself.  It also includes free chart which is a nice big A3 size.  It is of course on my web-site (In the Needlework and Cross Stitch Section - subsection Kits and Threads - and also under new products).  It is £24.99 which is actually cheaper than buying the threads on their own.

Thursday, 5 May 2011

New Products - Textile & Mixed Media

I have now added Angelina Fibres, Texere Variety Packs and material packs to the web-site.  These can be used for general textile work as well as Mixed Media and incorporating into Friendly Plastic.  They are in the section Textile Fabrics/Mixed Media and then subsection Fibres & Materials for Mixed Media (as well as being listed under new products).  I have also used these products alongside Lutradur.  If you haven't worked with Lutradur it differs from Tyvek in that when it is heated you can still stitch through it.  I have found that over the Spring Shows that Lutradur has been more popular as soon as I have explained the difference.  Tyvek does however produce more of a '3D' shape.