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STEP-BY-STEP WITH

FRACTURE & FUSION

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I like  to  use  5  color  coordinated  sticks  of  Friendly  Plastic  to   create  my  Fracture  &  Fusion  sheets.  Two  that  are  original   colors  of  Friendly  Plastic  and  three  that  I  have  enhanced   using  alcohol  inks.  I  think  it  makes  for  a  more  interesting   =inished  design.   Note:  This  extra  technique  is  not  necessary.  You  can  create   beautiful  multi-­‐colored  sheets  using  only  the  original  colors.

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A Splash  of  color:  For  each  sheet,  create  three   coordinating  colored  sticks.   Apply  a  wash  of  blending  solution  over  two  white  and  one   silver  spectra  plastic  stick.  Apply  drops  of  alcohol  ink.   Allow  the  color  to  disperse.  Use  your  paintbrush  or   sponge  to  =ill  in  any  white  areas  that  are  left.  Continuing   adding  ink  and  playing  with  the  color  until  a  desired   pattern  is  achieved.  The  metallic  inks  from  Krylon  pens   blend  beautifully  with  the  alcohol  inks,  and  create  some   unique  patterns.

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Repeat the  Splash  process,  for  each  color  coordinated   sheet.  Creating  purple,  pink,  blue,  orange  and  green.

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Fracture: Using  a  cutting  mat,  ruler  and  blade,  cut  the  plastic   sticks  into  ¼”  strips.  Then  cut  each  strips  in  half  using  a   scissor.  

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Arrange the  strips  into  a  pleasing  pattern.

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Continue adding  strips,  until  your  have  reached  a  length  of   7”.

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Fusion:  Pre  heat  the  griddle.  Place  the  baking  sheet  onto  the   griddle.  One  at  a  time,  in  the  color  pattern  you  have   arranged.  Place  the  plastic  strips  onto  the  baking  sheet.   Make  sure  each  strip  is  stuck  in  place  before  adding  the   next.  Try  to  press  each  strip  tightly  against  the  one  before,  to   prevent  any  gaps.  

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Continue until  all  of  the  strips  have  been  added.  Allow  the   plastic  to  soften  and  seal  together.  If  any  gaps  do  appear,   simply  tap  over  them  with  your  =inger,  gently  pressing  the   softened  plastic  together.  

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When all  the  strips  have  softened  and  sealed  together,   remove  the  baking  sheet  from  the  griddle  and  allow  the   plastic  to  cool.  Use  the  needle  tool  to  press  under  the  edges   of  the  cooled  plastic  and  remove  it  from  the  pan.

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Repeat the  steps  for  each  colored  sheet.

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Fracture: Place  the  cooled  plastic  back  onto  the  cutting   mat  and  trim  off  the  uneven  edge.  Cut  the  plastic  into  ¼”   and  1/8”  strips.    Cut  three  of  each  width.  That  will  give   you  enough  to  play  with.  You  can  always  cut  more  as  you   need  them.  Continue  with  each  of  the  colored  sheets

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Now it’s  playtime.  Arrange  the  strips  by  color  and  size   until  you  are  happy  with  the  design.  There  are  so  many   options;  it’s  hard  to  know  when  to  stop.    Have  fun.

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Fusion: Place  the  baking  sheet  back  onto  the  griddle.  One   at  a  time,  in  the  pattern  you  have  arranged,  place  the   plastic  strips  onto  the  baking  sheet.  Make  sure  each  strip   is  stuck  in  place  before  adding  the  next  strip.  Try  to  press   each  strip  tightly  against  the  one  before,  to  prevent  any   gaps.  Continue  until  all  of  the  strips  have  been  added.   Allow  the  plastic  to  soften  and  seal  together.  If  any  gaps   do  appear,  remember  to  tap  over  them  with  your  =inger   pressing  the  softened  plastic  together.  When  all  the   strips  have  softened  and  sealed  together,  remove  the   baking  sheet  from  the  griddle.

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While the  plastic  is  still  warm,  cut  desired  shapes  by   pressing  the  cutter  into  the  softened  plastic.    Dip  the   cutter  back  into  a  dish  of  cold  water  after  each  cut.  This   will  help  keep  it  from  sticking  to  the  plastic.  Allow  the   plastic  to  cool.  You  may  place  the  pan  under  cold   running  water  to  speed  the  cooling  process  along.  

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Use the  needle  tool  to  press  under  the  edge  of  the   cooled  plastic  and  remove  it  from  the  pan.

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Pop out  the  cut  shapes.  If  needed  use  the  craft  knife  to   cut  around  each  one.

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OPTIONAL: Mix  the  Envirotex  Lite  sealer  following  the   manufactures  instructions.   Application:  I  like  to  place  my  pieces  on  a  non-­‐stick   cookie  sheet.  This  way  if  there  is  any  run  off,  it  will  be   easy  to  remove  later.     Once  I  have  the  Envirotex  mixed,  I  like  to  pour  it  into  a   small  squeeze  bottle.  The  application  will  be  more   precise  and  much  easier.   Note:  Apply  strips  of  double  sided  tape  to  your  non-­‐ stick  pan  to  hold  the  plastic  in  place  while  applying  the   resin  coating.

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Once the  resin  has  been  applied,  blow  softly  through  a   straw  over  each  piece  in  order  to  pop  any  bubbles  that   remain.   Allow  the  pieces  to  dry  at  least  12  hours.  If  there  has  been   any  run  off.  Remove  the  piece  from  the  pan  by  pressing  the   needle  tool  under  it  and  lifting.  The  resin  is  still  soft   enough  that  you  can  cut  the  excess  off  with  a  scissor.   Envirotex  cures  completely  in  24  hours.

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Have fun  creating  your  desired  components.

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Creating color  coordinated  beaded  components  are  the   perfect  complement  to  any  design.

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A =inished  design.

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TOOLS AND MATERIALS

Friendly Plastic 7� sticks: Alcohol inks: Alcohol blending fluid Gold metallic pen Paint brushes or make-upsponges (for use with inks) Matt knife Acrylic ruler Cutting mat Craft knife Scissor Needle tool Shaped cutters: 7/8 and 1 3/4 inch Small dish of cold water with a few drops of olive oil Griddle set at 200-300 degrees Non-stick baking sheet that fits flat on griddle surface Sealer: I used Envirotex Lite, but any high gloss acrylic sealer will work. Disposable mixing container and stir stick Straw Non-stick cookie sheet Round nose and needle nose jewelry pliers Wire cutters Jewelry findings: of your choice.

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Fracture & Fusion  

Learn the beautiful technique of Fracture & Fusion Step-by-Step with Jana Ewy

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