Fun With Friendly Plastic & The Emperor has no Clothes

Happy Sunday folks! I hope you are having a good weekend. I went to a psychic party last night…more on that later…but first I want to share a set of Friendly Plastic jewelry I made this week. Friendly plastic looks like shiny bar of Jolly Rancher candy (remember those, 10 cents a piece at the candy counter) you can melt them in a skillet of hot water or with a heat gun and mold them. I cut slivers of the plastic, lined them up on my silicone mat and heated them with my heat gun. I used leaf cutters to cut the earring shapes and added wire, which I had hammered flat, so I could hang them. I reheated the pendent with the wire so it is embedded in the back, no chance of it coming loose.  Then I used beads and findings to turn the FP creations into jewelry, I will put it in the craft fair and hope for the best:)

FYI friendly plastic is pretty inexpensive, about $1-1.50 a bar. My sister has a craft shop and gave me a bag full of broken pieces she could not sell, they get brittle as they get older so if you are buying FP give it a little bend, it should flex, not snap, if it snaps it is old. You can still use it but it is harder to cut because it wants to shatter. If it is old FP ask the shopkeeper for a good deal on it as it has likely been there for years.

Warning, if you believe in psychics and want to continue to do so, you might want to stop reading now.

Still reading? OK then. On to the events of last night. I went to the party with an open mind (I’m like “Moulder” I want to believe) and I did not want to offend or poop on their party but I am quite naturally skeptical. What I didn’t expect was a room full of highly educated women to be completely taken in by this “mystic”. One woman was very uncomfortable and wanted no part of it and I wanted to say “You know this isn’t real right?” I held my tongue and kept my wine glass filled.  I opted for the $20 group reading because I thought it would be a hoot, I was curious if the “psychic” would have picked up any observations of me during the evening that might influence her reading. When she came to me she didn’t have a clue…I even wore my wedding ring although I considered removing it for the night to see if she might come to the conclusion that I was married on her own. Here is how it went:

Psychic: Are you a nurse?

Me: Nope.

Psychic: Do you have any children?

Me: You tell me.

Psychic: It doesn’t work that way…I see a baby (she smiles as if that is news any young woman wearing a wedding ring would want to hear)

Me: Well then, I would have some explaining to do since my husband is ‘fixed’.

Psychic: ah, maybe an adoption then? Or a child in need spending a lot of time at your house?

Me: Good grief.

Psychic: Your husband…he is not happy at work?

Me: He has a great job. He is happy, he has been there 20 years.

Psychic: Are you sure about that? I see a change…maybe moving to a smaller company where he is more appreciated…(more mumbo jumbo and then she moved on to my “job”) ..and for you I see you going to school…

Me: Really? going to school for what?

Psychic: I sense you are not happy with what you are doing now…your boss doesn’t appreciate you..

Me: I’m self-employed.

…and so on and so forth…

And I behaved! I did not roll my eyes or smile sardonically as she “read” the other women in the group but I have to say I felt like the little boy in the book TheEmperor’s New Clothes. I was the least educated women in the room (mostly nurses-the psychic took a good guess) and yet I could see. I must say that I am a tad bit disappointed, I wanted to be disproved. Yes, the psychic had a gift, she made a roomful of highly educated women part with their money in hopes of guidance from a spiritual plane.  I’ll take a fortune cookie any day.

Maybe I will go back to school, I hear there is a lot of money to be made in flim-flamery. Something tells me that I won’t be invited to the next party…that’s not me being psychic…or is it?

Til next time happy crafting:)

22 Responses

  1. Love your plastic jewelry. Hope it sells for you. As for phychics, I don’t know any

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  2. Cute jewelry. Hope it sells for you. I love your psychic story! So funny! I’m so glad you behaved! I’d hate to think what might have happened had you not! Lol! “Just keep swimming. Hmm-hmm-hmm.” (Think Nemo.)

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  3. Pretty jewelry! I’ve never heard of that stuff but it looks really cool! And, uhm, about the psychic…..I too would have more faith in the fortune cookie….

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  4. Your Jewelry is beautiful Lindsay! ROTFLMBO!!! I love hearing about your encounter with the Psychic! This lady sounded like she was really full of bull!! Thanks for sharing! Hugs Lori

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  5. Loved the psychic story! It must have been fun. I love the new jewelry, the colors are wonderful.

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  6. HA ha! Love this!

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  7. Your FP jewelry is great. I used to use it for jewelry years ago, now I can find it anywhere in California. It gets so hot here in the summer I actually had some melt to the back seat of my car…LOL Psychic have a way of finding people too ready to part with their money over and over. Really makes you wonder about some of these so called “Highly educated” people. I’m like you give me a fortune cookie, their free! LOL

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  8. Ha ha, well at least I hope you enjoyed the wine and the time with friends.

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  9. Lol the psychic was brilliant, she went home $20 up from the one reading alone. Now that’s the sort of job you need.

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    • honey, it was a lot more than that, several ladies paid $50 for a private hour reading! and even more for a private half hour and to be part of the group reading for $40. I knew it was hogwash but heck, I’d spend $20 at a movie and this proved to be interesting….

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  10. A psychic once told me I had healing hands and could cure my mother’s cancer. Didn’t work. The only good thing is that I don’t feel guilty for not curing her. The psychic did make me pretty angry. Love the jewels!

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  11. Love the jewelry, going to have to play with plastics now 🙂 LOL on the psychic story. Only one all seeing is God, and he sure as heck isn’t going to be down here doing parlor tricks. Glad you didn’t fall for her bull.

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  12. Sounds like the psychic was fishing 🙂 just saying… BTW love your jewelry, I’m sure people will be fighting over them (at least that’s what my crystal ball tells me LOL)

    Hugs,

    Carmen

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  13. I love both your jewelry and your psychic tale… even my fortune cookies are full of it…lol…did you get your freebies that Linda Peterson and Amoco was offering? I did and now I’m going to make some Friendly Plastic beads. I’ll post them once they’re done! Thanks again for the shot of inspiration!!!

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  14. Love your jewelry, loved your story – you always make me laugh…I think you behaved yourself much better than I could have. Your Mum did right by you! Not to say my Mum didn’t raise me correctly, just that I would have found it very difficult to have kept a straight face after all the fails!
    Keep the stories coming, and please, do not take that new job! LOL!
    Hugs Julie

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  15. HAHAHA I have been waiting to see how your psychic vision went. At least you were invited I don’t think any of my friends would of even invited me LOL. I always thought that in some second dimensional universe we were long lost separated BFF’s that never met ( I did say second dimensional so this theory would work) and you once again have confirmed this theory!!!
    Waiting for your next posting..have a great day!
    Jackie

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  16. I love the new jewelry. It will definitely be a huge hit at your craft sale. That psychic! Grrrrr. I would have went off on her from here to back. You know those women are frauds who have learned how to pick up on women’s insecurities and worries then zone in on it to take advantage of them. That’s why she had to fish with you because she couldn’t zone in on something. 🙂 I come from a long line of Gypsy ancestry. I definitely believe in the supernatural. The Modern psychic of today is just the fancy snake oil salesman from the Wild West era. I hope the wine was good. Too bad you didn’t have an intuitive friend there who could have told the psychic a few things about herself, lol. Now, that would have been funny. I hope a few of your friends maybe found some comfort from that old fraud at least.

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  17. Your psychic story is hysterical. Like you I don’t believe any of that stuff.

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  18. That reminds me of the old story about the “Going Out of Buisness” sign on the Psychic’s door…..How did she not know????

    Great jewelry. I’m now wondering if you can melt jolly ranchers with a heat gun and make edible jewelry. Good thing I don’t have any in the house!

    Thanks for the info and the giggles!
    Peace & blessings,
    Marie

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  19. Oh…… you really need to do a tutorial on how you made this gorgeous jewelry. I have never heard of this plastic stuff. I am just getting into dabbling with jewelry making. Don’t know alot about it. Would you like to move here for awhile and teach me? LOL (I wish)

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    • I suppose I could do a tutorial:) the Amaco website has many friendly plastic tutorials too if you want to check there while you are waiting on me:)

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