That's right folks! In this month's Cityslicker article, I’ll be showing how to make yourself some nice treasures!
This article includes…Stop everything you are doing! Digital photographs! Yes, I know we all love film but this has been pretty tricky with sausage fingers like mine and the iPhone came in handy I must say! Have you ever tried to cut something out while taking a picture of yourself and trying to look good too?
For this we’ll be using Shrink Plastic, a craft material that kids use a lot, but why should they have all the fun?!
The bits you’ll need for this are:
Shrinky dink plastic, jewellery findings (necklace chain, jump rings, clasps etc) needle nose pliers, coloured sharpies, scissors, hole punch, images for inspiration and a cup of tea or glass of red if you are crafting at the weekend!
Firstly, you start by drawing your image onto the Shrinky Dinks. If you decide to go for clear Shrinky Dinks you could trace an image by putting the Shrinky dinks over the top. Remember that your design will shrink 7 times smaller while it is in the oven. So if you are tracing, trace from a larger image than needed. You also want to make sure that you are drawing your image onto the rough side of the Shrinky Dinks and not the smooth side. This will make sure that the image doesn’t just smudge off.
Next, you need to start cutting out your images. Try and be careful with the Shrinky Dinks as it can crack and tear if you are too rough with it.
Next, you need to use a hole punch to punch a hole in the spot where you will be attaching jump rings to attach to your necklace chain.
Next, you need to put it in the oven and bake it. For me this isn’t an exact science. I just turn up my fan assisted oven on high. Put some baking paper under the pendants so they don’t stick to your oven tray.
As you watch them you will start to panic as they roll up into a ball. Don’t panic, it does this and then flattens itself out again.
When you think the pendants look fairly flat take them out of the oven and use a fish slice or something flat and use more baking paper in between the pendant and the slice. Gently flatten it down pressing on top of the pendant. You have to work quickly with this. It might not need flattening but this it what I do if it has kinks in. Remember you can always put it back in the oven, but just a quick blast in the hope it might flatten more.
Now, let them cool for a while and when they’re hard attach the pieces together with jump rings and necklace chain. This can be tricky if you have sausage fingers like I do!
There you have it!
Shrinky Dinks is a great little product. You could use it to make earrings and just glue your designs onto readymade earring posts or even make fridge magnets or tie pins! You can also print on it using an inkjet printer, you would need to Google that for the specifics. Let me know how you all get on and post your images of you creations below!
I find a good place to buy supplies is Fred Aldous.