Tuesday, November 04, 2014

shrink plastic rings


I love shrink plastic! There are so many different ways to put it to use and one of my favorites is using it to make jewelry.

Creating simple statement rings from shrink plastic is an easy way to create one of a kind creative rings (that make perfect little gifts).

I start by drawing circles and then I draw and doodle inside of those circles. Keep in mind your shapes and designs will shrink a lot- like 50%.

I bake my designs in a regular oven for about 30 seconds at 350 degrees. The directions typically say to bake anywhere from 2-5 minutes but mine always seem to shrink up within 30 seconds.
Once I remove them from the oven I glue my disks (using a heavy duty glue) to ring backs.

For more shrink plastic DIY projects check out my bangles, chunky rings, earrings and statement necklace


23 comments:

Julie Short said...

What fun! Is 30 seconds right for the cooking time???

Alisa Burke said...

Hi Julie! Well, the directions of most shrink plastic say to bake anywhere from 2-5 minutes but mine always shrink fast- like within 30 seconds! I know a lot of people prefer to use a toaster oven because a big oven is so hot but it works just fine for me :)

cindy b. said...

Oh my gosh!!! How I wish I could draw. That orange flower ring is absolutely gorgeous!!!

cindy b. said...

Will you be putting any of these in your shop? Can't quit looking at the orange flower...LOL. Thank you.

alisa burke said...

Hi Cindy! Yes, I have plans to add a batch of rings to the shop soon :)

heather gilmour said...

WOW these are really amazing! The most beautiful handmade rings I've ever seen! That orange poppy grabbed me!

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missliztydeco said...

This is a very good idea! and your talent as an illustrator it is wonderful !!!
Thank you for this DIY!

cindy b. said...

Thank you so much...I really need that orange one...LOL

Anonymous said...

Alisa, can you shape the plastic? Maybe while it is still warm? This is a great idea for holiday! ~Connie

Rose A. D'Angelo said...

Alisa, Do you place the plastic in the oven cold or preheat it?? Thanks!

moois van me said...

I want to do something with shrink plastic for a while now, but I'm not sure what can be used for drawing on it ?

studioGypsy said...

will have to get my plastic out now! :D love these! xo

alisa burke said...

anything permanent will work on shrink plastic- sharpie pens, paint pens, alcohol inks, etc :)

alisa burke said...

I have the best results when I preheat but either way will work

alisa burke said...

Yes you can! But only right after you take the from the oven- you have a little window when you can mold and bend the plastic :)

Sue Marrazzo said...

so so sweet! I want one = )

Rose A. D'Angelo said...

Thanks for the response!!

Jo Murray said...

That is SO cool.

VV said...

This material is so amazing that I never stop having new ideas. Your rings are gorgeous ! Is the orange of the flower done with a permanent marker ?

Charlotte B said...

These are so cute! You have so many great ideas I want to try, I just never get round to them.
Thanks for all the inspiration though!

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Clara Bonte said...

Hello! I fell in love with your rings! I wanted to know if you sell it?
Thank you.

sanaya pandit said...

I stumbled over your blog. Im also planning to make some doodle art on my wall. Waa looking for inspiration and im glad i found you!
www.girl-gulaabi@blogspot.in

Laurence Drouet said...

amazing ! very nice
I tried to do the same ring but it does not work. I colored with Sharpie markers on the smooth surface rather than rough but it does not take after
some days it disappears !
I tried to put modpodge and resin but all the colors are bad
can you help me ?
may not be the right shrink plastic "French" ??? (sorry for the transalation !!)
thanks a lot

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