Mixed media – Friendly Plastic and Thermoplastic beads plaque

July 31st, 2016 by
This wooden plaque is a mixed media project which I plan to use on the front of a note book. It is a fun project as it uses various media which, when used together, create some interesting effects.

Equipment required:

  • Thin sheet of wood (4” x 6”)
  • Sheet of 250 gsm card
  • Stencil of choice
  • Crackle paint
  • Friendly plastic
  • Thermoplastic beads
  • Metal cookie cutter
  • Shaped cookie cutter
  • Embossing tool or redundant ballpoint pen
  • Hot-melt kit – heating unit in cradle, tri-plate, thermo sheet and silicone mat
  • Optional hot-fix crystals


  • Technique:

    1. Set the Heating unit on number 2.
    2. Tape the stencil to the card and paint over with crackle paint. Remove the stencil and leave the image to dry. (You can use the heating unit on setting 1 with a thermosheet to speed up drying at this point if you wish.)
    3. Cut some shards of friendly plastic and place them onto the thermo sheet on top of the tri-plate. The shards will fuse together. At this point you can use an embossing tool/pen to swirl the plastic into the desired shape. Add some hot fix crystals if desired and remove the thermo sheet with your plastic in place. Leave on the silicone mat to cool.
    4. Place a metal cookie cutter on the thermo sheet on top of the tri-plate on the heating unit and pour enough thermoplastic beads to cover the base of the cutter. Melt until the beads turn clear and glassy in appearance. Carefully remove from heat and cool on the silicone heat mat until the plastic turns back to opaque but still soft enough to cut.
    5. Cut desired shape from your plastic disc and save the waste as it can be re-used for another project.


    6. When all the work is cool and dry, assemble using glue gel.

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