Shrinkable plastic jewelry! Really? I remember being mesmerized as a child staring into the window of my EASY-BAKE Oven to watch my shrinkable plastic artistic creations magically shrink. I made everything from plastic "paper" dolls to Christmas ornaments, and was absolutely thrilled. Who would have thought that as an adult I would be even more fascinated by the shrinkable plastic jewelry designs I can create? Shrink and wear! So much fun and practically endless design possibilities. Now, I am telling my son, "Honey I Shrunk the Jewelry!"
Everything from super-hero styles to yoga or henna-inspired designs are showing up on my jewelry displays--Including bracelets, earrings, pendants, cell phone charms and so much more.
Permanent markers and artist's pencils work great, but like a kid in a candy store, I find myself going through my supplies to see what new technique I can try. My rubber stamps by Lisa Pavelka, Gilders Paste ®, metal leaf and top coat to protect it all. Hmmm, what else can I try? Oh, what about my clay cutters for shapes and designer hole punches and ... Well, you get the idea.
My EASY-BAKE Oven of years past is long gone by now, replaced by my new Hamilton Beach ® Easy Reach™ toaster/craft oven that works much better, of course. Who would have believed that I would demonstrate these techniques at the BeadandButton® Show in Milwaukee?
The basic idea is five simple steps:
If necessary to stabilize the stamped and colored designs, apply a coat of Mod Podge ® matte sealer or Mona Lisa Metal Leaf top coat sealant by dabbing, not brushing.
Print, draw or stamp designs onto the plastic sheet
Color the designs
Cut out the design
Punch holes for jewelry application
Bake to shrink
Shrinkable plastic sets are available in three different sheet types: Crystal Clear, Ruff N' Ready ™ and black. Each comes as a complete jewelry-making set that includes sterling silver-filled earwires, headpins, eyepins, jumprings, clasp and bail--everything you need to create a pendant, earrings or whatever your imagination can conjure up.
Packaging includes full instructions on how to use shrinkable plastic including tips and techniques plus step by step instructions for a butterfly earring project.
Don't shrink away from this fun and amazing jewelry-making concept!
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