Shrink plastic will always be once of my favorite materials to create with because there are so many different ways to use it! It is also a really fun supply for all crafters, especially kids. Watching that plastic shrink down never gets old! Today I am sharing a simple project that is a fun project for any age.
I recently had the idea to create simple ring bowl. I love tiny little bowls. I have them all around the house and use them to hold change, rings, jewelry and small treasures.
I started by drawing drawing a circle in the middle of a 8.5" x 11" piece of shrink plastic.
TIP: When working with shrink plastic you have to keep in mind that your designs will shrink about 50% so I created a flower big enough to shrink down to a small bowl. I created a circle large enough to fit onto the width of my sheet.
Next I drew a flower, cut it out and added details.
Following the directions provided, I baked baked my design in the oven.
TIP: I've found that when I am creating larger items from shrink plastic they have a tendency to curl up in the oven. I like to place my design on a piece of parchment paper and lay another piece on top to keep things from folding and curling up.
Once my flower had shrunk down, I quickly removed it from the oven it with a pair of tongs.
At this stage the plastic is very hot and pliable which means you are able to bend it.
I set the flower onto the top of a glass to give my design a small curve and to form it into a bowl. At this stage you have to work fast because you only have seconds to bend the plastic before it hardens.
The end result is a pretty little bowl perfect for tiny treasures!
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