Cheers M a r t i n i s . . . with
First, you will want to select your Friendly Plastic and ink colors. Choose at least two ink colors, that you think will make a pleasing color combination. I choose to use Stormy Blue Friendly Plastic with Stream and Wild Plum ink colors and Citron Friendly Plastic with Watermelon and Butterscotch ink colors.
Apply a wash of Blending Solution over the surface fo the Friendly Plastic sticks.
Next, apply four or five drops of ink from each of the colors. Allow the inks time to flow and blend together.
Crumple a piece of plastic wrap and apply it to the surface of each stick.
Make sure the entire stick is covered. You can scrunch and play with the plastic wrap until you are happy with the patterned effects it is creating.
Place a nice heavy book on top of the plastic and allow the inks to dry over night.
By the way... this is a great book to add to your creative library. The color combinations on every page are simply YUMMY. This is what I call eyecandy.
The wait is over... Lift the book. This is always such a fun surprise.
Remove the plastic wrap to reveal your newly designed Friendly Plastic sticks.
As you can see the the Stormy Blue stick has a nice purple pattern, where the Citron stick has almost completely lost its green coloring and is more of a silver and pink design. You just never know what you are going to get. Note: This is a great technique that can be used for a multitude of design possibilities. Have fun playing around with this one. You might even want to try using acrylic paints as well as the inks.
Now its Martini time... Create a large triangle template from card stock, 3” long x 1 1/2”deep. And a small triangle template, 2” x 1/2”. Trace the templates onto the plastic sticks, using a ballpoint pen.
Cut out the triangles using a scissor.
Cut two 1/4â€? strips of plastic. They can be from a coordinating color of plastic or from any scraps you have left over from another project.
Cut the strips to approx. 2 1/2â€? in length.
Lay your pieces out in order to get an idea of what the finished design might look like. I decided to add a small colorful strip to the edge of each glass for a bit of added interest, similar to the reflection that real glass give off. Two small circles will act as tiny bubbles and two larger circles that will represent the olive. And of course we canâ€™t forget the toothpick. Some cleverly spiraled wire will do the trick. So there we have it... our basic design. Now itsâ€™ time to get cooking.
Place the baking sheet onto the pre-heated griddle. Place the stem for each glass onto the baking sheet and allow to soften.
Position and place the base for each glass onto the stem.
Next place the top of the glass onto the stem.
Add the decorative strip as the reflection.
Now, position and place the wire (toothpick) off to one side.
Add the olive... position and place it over the end of the wire.
Finish with the addition of one tiny bubble in each glass.
Allow all the pieces to soften and seal together.
Remove the baking sheet from the griddle and allow the plastic to cool completely.
Cheers... to a job well done.
Jana Ewy TOOLS & MATERIALS Alcohol inks Blending solution Ball-point pen Friendly Plastic sticks: Friendly Plastic scraps: Griddle: (set at 200-250 degrees) Non-stick baking sheet Plastic wrap Round-nose pliers Scissor Triangle templates Wire Wire cutters
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Published on May 20, 2012
Friendly Plastic is used to create these fun and festive Martini Glasses, perfect as ornaments or decrations for your next cocktail party.