Making Whimsical Shrink Plastic Jewelry

I hope that every one of you enjoyed a wonderful holiday, observed in whichever manner which made you happy. Ours was quite enjoyable. We were able to spend time with some of my family, as well as some of my Beloved’s family, who visited us for a few days. We enjoyed some wonderful meals together, walked on the beach, did a little shopping and just enjoyed each others company; it was a really nice few days.

With our Christmas festivities having drawn to a close, I couldn’t wait to get back to my art studio and create something to share with you, my lovely followers.

Last week I shared with you how to create shrink plastic gift embellishments, which can be found HERE. Well today I’m going to share with you how to create some easy and fun shrink plastic necklaces. I gave a few as Christmas gifts and they were very well received.

2014-12-13 17.22.57This is a set that I gave to a friend, it’s a whimsical butterfly ring and necklace, created using a stamp from Dina Wakley’s Scribbly Insects stamp set.

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These are the supplies that I used to create my necklaces. I also used organza cord necklaces, which is what you see in the example above.

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Today I’ll show you how to create your own and also share a few others that I made using Dina Wakley’s Scribbly Birds stamp set.

2014-12-27 01.19.07The first thing you’ll want to do is stamp your design onto the rough side of your shrink plastic, using StazOn ink. As I’ve shared before, you can buy different types of shrink plastic, both in the stores and online, so find whichever works best for you. I purchased mine at my local craft store.

If you are using shrink plastic that isn’t pre-roughened, you’ll want to lightly sand one side of the plastic with fine sandpaper then rinse and pat dry. I find it much easier to just buy shrink plastic that has already been pre-roughened. Some people prefer not to rough it up, and if that works for you, that’s totally ok. Find what works best with the mediums that you’re using.

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2014-12-27 01.05.19I recommend trimming your stamped images down to a more manageable size before you start coloring them in. For this step you can use sharpies, acrylics, various inks, even colored pencils, but one word of advice is don’t feel you have to overdo the color. Once you bake your plastic the shrinking process intensifies the color significantly.

For the butterfly necklaces I used a fine brush and Daler-Rowney FW Acrylic Pearlescent Inks. Oooh how I LOVE these inks! The colors are wonderfully luscious with a gorgeous pearlescent sheen to them.

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Once your image is painted and dry enough to handle, trim around the edges with scissors but be sure to leave room to punch a hole to thread your chain or ribbon. You MUST punch your hole before you bake!

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Be sure to follow the instructions for the shrink plastic that you buy, mine said to pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and bake for approx 1 minute, but I found that I only needed to bake them for about 35 seconds.

You’ll see them curl up as they shrink, then flatten out. When they flatten is when you want to pull them out with a non-stick spatula and if they need it, give them a light pressing, using a smooth book or the back of a notepad, to flatten then out.

Once that part is all done just add a small jump ring and then thread a chain, ribbon or cord through the hole and you’re all done, your whimsical jewelry is ready to wear!

You can make necklaces, earrings, bracelets, even rings, as you see here on the right.

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These fun little scribbly bird necklaces were created with Dina Wakley’s Scribbly Birds stamps, as mentioned above, painted with regular acrylic paints and hung from a black ball chain.

Thanks so much for looking, I hope you enjoyed!









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