Shrink Plastic: Not just for kids anymore!

I have to be honest, I have a problem with commitment…in crafting that is. I can’t limit myself to just one type of supply, or one type of craft for that matter. Right now I’m in a jewelery phase and I’m super excited to be on The Rubber Cafe design team so naturally I need to make some stamped jewelry!

Mermaid Earrings copyright Lindsay Weirich 2008

Mermaid Earrings copyright Lindsay Weirich 2008

I stamped the sitting mermaid on clear shrink plastic by Lucky Squirrel (actully any #6 plastic will work so raid your recycling bin and look for the #6 in the “chasing arrows” and you are good to go!) I stamped the image with Jet Black Staz-On ink, then flipped over the plastic and colored it with Bic Mark-Its and Sharpie markers. Go light because when the plastic shrinks the color will be darker. Cut out the image leaving room to punch a 1/4″ hole for the wire to go through, the hole will shrink too so if you punch a tiny hole it will disappear, trust me. Heat the plastic with your heat gun (or in the oven per package instructions) and don’t freak out! The plastic will shrivel up into a crinkled mess but keep heating cuz it will flatten back out I promise. I keep an acrylic stamping block nearby to flatten it out while it is still hot.

I added flat iridescent sequins for lots of sparkle with little weight and pearls. What fun! Now I need to make a matching necklace and I have just the beads and shells on hand to do it! In fact I think I’ll work on that right now!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!


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