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:

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

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  2. How cool! It turned out so pretty and colorful!

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  3. Shrinky dinks are so fun!!!

    Your necklace is gorgeous, and looks great on you.

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  4. 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!

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  5. 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!

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

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

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  8. 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!

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  9. this is great. you have wonderful projects. thanks.

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  10. 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 !

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

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  12. 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

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  13. 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

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  14. whyducks3:00 AM

    totally cool!

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

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

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  17. i am in shrinky dink
    sink sunk lovey dove!

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

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

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  20. 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.

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  21. 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...

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

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

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  24. 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

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

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

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

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  28. 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!

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

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  30. 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!

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  31. 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.

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

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  33. 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

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  34. 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

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  35. 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

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

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  37. 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 :)

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  38. 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

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  39. 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!

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  40. 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. :)

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  41. 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.

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  42. 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.

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

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  44. 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

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  45. Anonymous11:39 AM

    Cool Where can I purchase the plastic??

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  46. 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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  48. 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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  49. Anonymous6:14 AM

    Thanks for sharing! I am a crafter myself and I would love to feature your design at
    http://www.handmade-jewelry-club.com/

    Would this be okay with you?

    Thanks!
    diylessonsassistant
    http://diylessons.org/

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  50. 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. :)

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  51. 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.

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  52. 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.

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  53. 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 :-)

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  54. Super, Great tutorial. Love it, thanks for sharing

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  55. Anonymous10:56 PM

    It was very interesting to read about this in your article. blood pressure

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  56. 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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  57. Anonymous12:33 PM

    Love your blog

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  58. thats just fantastic......

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

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