I wanted to share my first attempts at shrink plastic jewelry today. I spent a few hours with a co-worker/friend yesterday so we could play with the idea of using shrink plastic pieces in jewelry.
The yellow piece was die cut from yellow shrink plastic and rubber stamped with the "Love you much" stamp using stays-on ink prior to baking. We discovered during this process that not all shrink plastic works the same. The white, printable paper seems to shrink up the best in the oven. The colored sheets had a tendency to curl up and stay that way unless you take them out and flatten them with a spatula.
Even though the yellow "Love" piece is a little mishapen, I still love how it looks and the vibe it gives out. I added a chain with a brown tint that I had picked up at European Papers and just a couple of dangly beads.
I made the "Live & Let Live" piece at least a month ago and just recently used a dremel tool to round the edges since the square edges were rather sharp. I added some silver chain, square swarovski components, a few jump rings and a magnetic clasp. I'm not sure if you can tell from the photo, but I also used a coat of craft varnish on this piece as well as a bit of diamond dust glitter!!
I also made a ring in a couple different shades of blue that goes nicely with the bracelet, but is not made with shrink plastic. The focal bead is a swarovski rivoli! I had picked up a plastic gumball machine type ring recently for fun and loved the color of blue it had in it. A local bead shop rep helped me find a bead that was reminiscent of the plastic one. I am loving the sparkles in this ring!!
As always, let me know what you think or if you have any other ideas for making shrink plastic jewelry!! Have a good one!!