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Shrink Plastic Jewelry
by Arlene Stump

 

 

Spiral Earrings


Pictured above: Close-up of spiral earrings.

Stamps:
Our border stamps work really well - suggested: #1501-L, 1502-L, 1506-M, 5315-K or Little Fill'ns - #3404-C, 3405-C, 3406-C, 3410-C, 3411-C, 3417-C, or 3416-C.

Other Materials:
Brilliance ink pads, metallic colors are especially nice.
Sanding block (available below)
Clear shrink plastic (available below)
Pastel chalks
Paper cutter
1/8" hole punch
Heat gun
Bamboo skewer
Krylon leafing pens (gold, silver and copper)
Teflon craft sheet
Jewelry pliers
One pair of French ear wires (available below)
Two 6mm gold jump rings (available below)
Scissors
Cotton gloves
Matte or glossy spray sealer (Krylon or Folk Art work well)

Instructions:
1) Sand one side of the shrink plastic sheet.

2) Either use a paper cutter or scissors and cut six 3/4" strips at different lengths: two at 2", two at 2 1/2", and two at 3". You will use one of each length to complete each earring. (See photo above.)

3) Punch a hole at one end of each strip. Clip the other end to a point with scissors, just removing a little triangle from each side.

4) Color all pieces lightly with your finger using your favorite color chalks. Stamp design with ink.

5) Put on cotton gloves. Heat one piece with heat gun on craft sheet to shrink. Hold in place with a bamboo skewer, otherwise the piece will blow away. Hold top (with hole) and twist warm piece with your other hand. Complete these steps for all six pieces.

6) Edge all six pieces with leafing pen and spray with sealer.

7) Attach one of each length to a jump ring and attach jump ring to ear wire. Repeat for other earring.

Tip:
If you put too much chalk (color) on the shrink plastic before or after heating and you want to remove it, sand it lightly!

 

Sea Glass Intaglio Necklace


Pictured above: Close-up of sea glass inspired necklace.

Stamps:
All designs in our Tropical Escape and Sea Odyssey collections work nicely with this necklace
#1501-L was used for the paper beads

Other Materials:
(1) sheet clear shrink plastic (available below)
1/8" hole punch
Pastel chalks
(1) sheet white paper stock
Brilliance ink pads (to coordinate with your chalk colors)
Metallic rub-ons
(33) assorted glass beads (5-6 colors to coordinate with your chalk colors and paper bead ink)
(14) charm holders (available below)
(3) crimp beads
Crimping tool
Jewelry pliers
30" of black Soft Flex Wire .019
Scissors
Heat gun
Teflon craft sheet
PVA glue or a good paper glue
Bamboo skewer or toothpick
Sanding block (available below)
Krylon matte spray sealer

Instructions:
1) Plan your colors first before buying anything. Then plan your design of where you want your beads to go. Keep in mind what colors sea glass comes in to help you in your design plan.

2) Sand your shrink plastic on both sides.

3) Cut into 14 irregular pieces. Punch hole 1/4" from the top of each piece.

4) Color with your chalks.

5) Shrink your pieces one at a time on a craft sheet, using the bamboo skewer to keep the pieces from flying away. After all pieces have been shrunk, then take a different un-inked stamp for each piece, heat piece again and stamp into hot plastic. Look for interesting parts of the stamp to use in your design.

6) When completed, lightly use different metallic rub-ons to bring designs to surface. Seal all pieces with matte spray sealer. Put aside.

7) Cut ten 1/2" wide by 2" long strips of white paper. Cut with scissors to make triangles. Stamp five different colors twice on triangles. Heat to make permanent.

8) Apply a little PVA glue to the wide end of paper and wrap around a toothpick or bamboo skewer and start to roll the paper, adding a little glue as you roll until you have completed a bead. Remove from stick and put aside until all are complete.

9) Attach each of your sea glass pieces to a charm hanger using jewelry pliers.

10) Take one crimp bead and place on necklace wire where you wish your beads to stop and crimp. From the other end, begin your pattern of beads making sure to disperse the various glass and paper beads throughout the necklace. String the glass pieces evenly throughout.

11) When you have the amount you wish on the wire, put another crimp bead on and crimp. Take the last crimp bead and string the two pieces of wire together and crimp for the necklace to be complete. Slip over your head and your beautiful necklace is ready to wear!


Domed Bracelets


Pictured above: Several different styles of bracelets. All created using a dome technique .

Stamps:
Suggested - #5702-M, Crowned Crane; #5704-L, Bamboo; #5711-M Kakusode Kimono; any of our dragonflies or butterflies; You may also choose to use just part of a stamp image to create an interesting design! Choose a theme!

Other Materials:
(7) 2 1/4" shrink plastic squares in white or black
Sanding block (available below)
Brilliance ink pads - metallic colors like Galaxy Gold, Platinum Planet, Cosmic Copper, and Moonlight White work best
1/8" hole punch
Corner punch
Heat gun
(8) 6mm gold jump rings (available below)
(1) 6mm gold spring ring
(1) 6mm gold jump ring soldered
Pastel chalks - pale ivory (to color white shrink plastic)
(1) 2 1/2" wooden ball
(1) wooden napkin ring
Tacky glue
Matte or gloss spray sealer (Krylon or Folk Art work well)
Paper cutter
Jewelry pliers
Teflon craft sheet
Cotton glove

Instructions:
1) Glue wooden ball to wooden napkin ring using tacky glue and let dry. This creation will be used to form the dome shape for your jewelry.

2) If you want your jewelry to have a dull finish, sand one side of your shrink plastic. DO NOT SAND IT if you want a glossy finish.

3) Cut seven pieces to 2 1/4" each (6 might work depending upon the wrist size.) Use corner punch on each corner of each piece. Next punch two holes, one on opposite ends of each piece.

4) Ink your rubber stamp and gently stamp onto the shrink plastic. If you make a mistake or don't like how the image stamped, you may remove the ink with a damp cloth and try again. The ink will come off as long as it has not been heated.

5) Shrink each piece one at a time on the craft sheet using your heat gun. Put on your cotton glove. Place a shrunken piece on top of the wooden ball. Use the heat gun again to soften the shrunk plastic. After it has cooled for 5 seconds, take your gloved hand and palm the piece directly against the wooden ball. Repeat dome process for all pieces.

6) Spray each piece on cardboard or newspaper using either a matte or glossy clear sealer. Allow to dry.

7) Attach jump rings to connect all your pieces. Attach one soldered jump ring to one end and one spring ring to the other end of the completed bracelet. Enjoy your new creation!


Other Jewelry Pieces

Black and gold crowned crane brooch and bracelet (above). Black and white geisha earrings and bracelet (below).

 

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