Tuesday, April 20, 2010

shrink plastic statement necklace tutorial




Lately I've been having A LOT of fun playing with shrinky dinks (or shrink plastic) and decided to create a colorful and unique statement necklace completely from my own drawings on shrink plastic!


There is variety of shrink plastics out there- clear, frosted, black, white and a variety of colors. I used sheets of white and frosted shrink plastic.

I used a black permanent maker and covered the surface with lots of doodles and drawings of my favorite theme right now- FLOWERS!


I drew more flowers in variety of sizes, keeping in mind they will shrink about to about half the size that they start out.


I added color to the flowers by painting with acrylic paint on the back side of the plastic.




I cut out flowers and circles from the shrink plastic


and punched holes in everything.


I baked the plastic in the oven- preheated to 350 degrees.
It takes about 30 seconds depending on the size and it is just like magic!
The plastic shrinks, rolls up in a ball and then flattens out.
Once removed from the heat they harden to plastic.


Once all of my flowers were finished shrinking, I inserted jump rings,


added them to a chain,


and added more until I had lots of flowers in different sizes layered and stacked along the chain.




The result is a totally unique, colorful and creative necklace that is sure to make a statement!!!



64 comments:

ampersandity said...

i totally used to shrink plastic when i was in junior high! your end result looks so much better than mine tahaa

Dianne said...

How cool! It turned out so pretty and colorful!

Carrie Me! said...

Shrinky dinks are so fun!!!

Your necklace is gorgeous, and looks great on you.

Bee Yourself Designs said...

Oh my gosh! That is so cool! I have had this shrink plastic forever and haven't used it yet! what a great way to use it! Thanks for sharing!

Jill said...

Oh! I'm in love! Gonna share this on our art page! http://facebook.com/thingswithwings My middle son got some shrink plastic as a present, with templates to draw western themed things - cowboys and horses and such. hmmm.....
I always love your ideas- they stand out from others, that tend to just be the same ole' ho-hum. great job!

Sharon said...

Another great idea I'd like to try!
Click here to see my version!

Jodi Ohl said...

Love them Alisa! Try using alcohol inks after you bake them, the color is so vibrant, you'll love em!

April said...

I didn't know they still made shrinky dinks! This necklace is beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

Laura C said...

I love all of the things you make! Love, love, love them. We are moving in a month and in the new place, I will have a craft/creative space. I can't wait to try out any one of the different projects you've shown on here!

Rowena said...

this is great. you have wonderful projects. thanks.

Polexia said...

i used to have so much fun with shrinky dinks!! good ol' nine-year-old memories :D

and OH MY GOODNESS: i saw them at the HL the other day and i said to myself "i do not need those. do not be silly lexy." i do this 90% of the time in HL anyway. i think your post has just inspired me to go buy some sheets! yay, plastic here i come !

Sonia said...

whoa! I totally love the simplicity with which you seem to conjure up these beauties!And I totally ove the colors used!

The After Craft said...

this is great!! I was JUST staring at some shrink plastic at the shop last week and had a yearning to buy it.. but I wasn't REALLY sure what to do with it.

thanks for the inspiration!

xS

The After Craft said...

this is great!! I was JUST staring at some shrink plastic at the shop last week and had a yearning to buy it.. but I wasn't REALLY sure what to do with it.

thanks for the inspiration!

xS

whyducks said...

totally cool!

Becky New said...

You are amazing with all your wonderful art ideas!!! :D Thank you so much for sharing and teaching us!

Lori said...

This is ADORABLE! I've definitely bookmarked it for a future project. Love it.

rachel awes said...

i am in shrinky dink
sink sunk lovey dove!

megan warren said...

What a fantastic idea - I could wear my mandala designs - thank you for sharing.

britt said...

that is sooooo pretty. the boys and i didn't some things with shrinky dink at christmas. you designs are far cooler!

Leslie said...

OMG, that is truly awesome! I was packing and I think I may have chucked my shrink plastic. Looks like I have to dig through the trash to retrieve it because THIS tutorial is too amazing! Thanks for sharing.

Yash said...

You are sooo talented! Do you have a concreate idea of how your projects are supposed do look like when you start out? Everything looks so...deliberately- the colours, the drawings, the way the flowers are assembled...

Darcy said...

What a cool use of that plastic - another winner! I'm curious what kind of pen you were using to draw with? Thanks!

Jane LaFazio said...

love that shrinky dink! and loved the way you added the paint on the back, so the drawing came through so well.

Cori Lynn Berg said...

Oh how funny... i was just looking at some shrink plastic i had bought a year or so ago and was wondering what i could make with it... very serendipitous

Ashley said...

Wow- this is amazing. Your flower drawings are darling!

Amy said...

I have to try this! Thanks for the tutorial and inspiration!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

This is stunning Alisa! Thanks so much for sharing, I'll be linking.

Kristen (Creative Stash) said...

Love that shrinky dinks are back in action! I am seeing them pop up all over the place lately. Your necklace design is beautiful Alisa!

Michele said...

Your necklace is just.... elegant AND great. Your tutorials are also elegant AND great... keep 'em coming, as far as i'm concerned!

Bonafyde said...

I have been fascinated with shrink plastic for ages and the cool stuff one can create with it. I absolutely adore your necklace, it is a knockout!

Andrea @ TheTrainToCrazy.com said...

LOVE this. What a great necklace! So awesome. Thanks for showing us how! I host a new party especially for things made to wear if you ever want to link up! Make it Wear it on Thursdays.

...love Maegan said...

O M G SHRINKY DINKS!!!!! I haven't seen these in ages ...and never this cute. So crafty you are!

bethanylbirch said...

Did you know you can make these with #6 plastic take out containers? Recycletastic. Just thought I would pass that on as one of my "earth day" points. :)

http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf83871473.tip.html

Sonia said...

Hi, I love this so, am taking the liberty to feature you at my blog. I hope you wouldn't mind it. Thanks a lot! You can check it here:
http://kosmicchai.blogspot.com/2010/04/feature-istic-friday-3.html

Lanie said...

This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing the tutorial on how you did it!

I linked to this in my Friday Favorites this week...

http://www.laniejandco.com/2010/04/friday-favorites-with-party-twist.html

Nelda Ream said...

Wow, Alisa, that is so cool! I have used shrink plastic to make jewelry charms, but never considered making a whole necklace that way.

Shoozles said...

love shrink it :) the alcohol inks totally! you can put them through your printer too. I also use Prisma colors(colored pencils) super vibrant. The earrings I sent you were shrink it :)

Gay Vaughan said...

Okay, this is seriously cool. I haven't played with shrink plastics in about 20 years, but this makes me want to again!
~Gay~
itsahodgepodgelife.blogspot.com

The Musings of Mellie B. said...

This absolutely makes me feel like a little kid again thinking of doing Shrinky Dinks with my big brother and sister. I LOVE THIS! I will have to find some of the plastic and give this a try. Funky & Fun!

Julissa said...

Hi Alisa! I'm so excited to have found your blog. I love all your fun and inspirational projects. As soon as I have some free time on my hands, I'd like to try my version of a shrink placsitc statement necklace. I'll send you a link when I do. Thanks for sharing your process. :)

OnJewels said...

Wow, so much better than the smurf shrinky dink that I used to do as a kid! But seriously, that is a beautiful look, thanks for sharing! I will be linking to it on CraftGossip.

OnJewels said...

Wow, so much better than the smurf shrinky dink that I used to do as a kid! But seriously, that is a beautiful look, thanks for sharing! I will be linking to it on CraftGossip.

x vInTaGe VioLeT x said...

fantastic!

Nolwenn said...

I take the idea. I loved playing with shrink plastic when I was a kid.
My daughters may love it :D

The Beading Gem said...

I'm a big fan of shrink plastic. Your necklace is an awesome inspiration! Many thanks for sharing. I have linked to it here - http://www.beadinggem.com/2010/05/shrink-plastic-jewelry-tutorials.html

Anonymous said...

Cool Where can I purchase the plastic??

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This is the good blog with good images and good details. Please keep on posting the more stuff. I will like to hear more from you.

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Amy Marshall said...

I have some shrinky dink sheets that I haven't gotten around to using yet, and this awesome little tuto is the inspiration I need to give it a try. Thanks!

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Would this be okay with you?

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Lea@ girls jewelry boxes said...

Lovely necklace, I like the patterns. But my only concern is the weight, isn't that heavy? I hope not, because I like it a lot, and with the tutorial you provide here, I will definitely make one for myself as well, thanks. :)

Masjid said...

I love the end result of this project, pretty gorgeous necklace. I'd love to have it and I will try to make one following your tutorial here. Thanks a lot.

Florist Sydney said...

The necklace looks pretty gorgeous. I'd love to try and make one but making the patterns is a bit challenging to me, but hopefully with the tutorial you provide here, I'll manage to make it. Thanks a lot.

yvonne said...

I have never used shrink plastic - but now, after seen this necklace, I think now i take a shower and go out for buying the fixings:-) Thanks a lot for this great tutorial and inspiration :-)

Make handmade said...

Super, Great tutorial. Love it, thanks for sharing

Laura @ Laura's Crafty Life said...

So cute! What a good idea. :)

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Phoenix's Muse said...

I absolutely adore this idea. But I wouldn't really want to do it with plastic... I'm trying now to think of a way to make something along similar lines without using plastic... It'll come to me. Thanks for this awesome bit of inspiration!

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Metacafe said...

When i found your blog really i was so excited..Nice necklace, I like the patterns of your necklace.

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