Friendly Plastic Jewelry?... Welcome Back
|Oscar of New Orleans
the Friendly Plastic jewelry guy
I was fascinated. I hadn't seen Friendly Plastic since the 90s before wire took over as the trendy jewelry medium of choice. I wasn't necessarily a big Friendly Plastic fan back then--frankly, I couldn't figure out what to do with it--but I knew a lot of people who considered it their go-to material. I piddled around with it a little before moving on to wire and metal.
I tried to find some
After I returned from New Orleans, I looked for Friendly Plastic everywhere. I figured if Oscar had that much Friendly Plastic Jewelry it must be coming back, so the crafts stores must have it in stock.
At the time I was a Featured Crafts Contributor for Yahoo Contributor Network, and I was always looking for some new crafty thing to write about. I decided I'd try a few Friendly Plastic jewelry projects and write my next article about my old pliable, colorful friend.
When I returned home--to Florida back then--I tried to find some locally. Friendly Plastic had been out of circulation for so long, the young clerks at Michael's and Hobby Lobby had no idea what I was talking about.
I couldn't find it at Jo Ann or anyplace else, so I tried online. What I found was sold in bundles and ridiculously overpriced. I decided that I didn't need it that bad.
Fast Forward a few years
Imagine my surprise when I was scanning Pinterest and I just happen to run across a page called Friendly Plastic/insta morph.
From there, I found a link to Friendly Plastic Blog: The Art of Friendly Plastic. It's got tips and techniques and lots of information.
I also found tutorials and a Friendly Plastic TV Youtube channel.
From what I see, Over the past few years, that low-temp-molding plastic jewelry-making material has quite a following now. I still don't know where to buy it, but I bet if I go out looking for Friendly Plastic, I might just find some.
Update: When I went back to New Orleans in late September, I was pleased to see Oscar and his friendly plastic designs. He was still in the French Market and as popular as ever.
I guess Friendly Plastic is back to stay.