I have this really old children’s book that I’ve been dying to do something with for a long time. When I received a copy of Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk! by Kathy Sheldon to review for Craft Test Dummies and I learned about shrink plastic you can PRINT ON (no lie) I knew I wanted to finally use some of the images from the book. And right away I thought I’d make a shrink plastic necklace.
You will want to read Book Review: Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk! by Kathy Sheldon and maybe buy the book on amazon.com.
Here are the other supplies you will need to make your own shrink plastic necklace:
- Grafix KSF6-CIJ 8-1/2-Inch by 11-Inch Shrink Film, Printable, Clear Inkjet, 6-Pack
- Cable chain of your choice
- Headpins – I used a variety that I had on hand and mixed the metal finishes
- Beads – again, I used what I had on hand
- 4mm jump rings in various finishes
- fine grit sandpaper or sanding pad
- We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile Eyelet and Snap Punch, Pink Handle
- Krylon Leafing Pen 1/3 oz 18 Kt Gold
- EK Success Corner Adorner Medium Rounder Corner Punch
- Farm Animal Charms for Shrink Plastic PDF
I created a collage of the images from the book, lightened them so the colors won’t be too dark when printed out and then turned the whole thing into a PDF. You can download the images by clicking on the link in the supply list above and clicking “OK”.
Follow the instructions on the shrink film and your printer for printing. The shrink film that is in the supply list can be printed on either side so that makes it a bit easier.
Cut out the images. As you can see a few of the images are taller than the others so you may want to trim them shorter to make all of the charms the same size.
Use the corner rounder to round the edges. When the plastic shrinks it gets very hard and you don’t want sharp, hard edges on your neck.
The last step before shrinking the plastic is to punch holes in the top of the charms. I stacked them all up and used the crop-a-dile to punch through all of the charms at once.
NOW for the fun part! Shrink according to the package or book instructions. (The book really breaks down the whole process here and I highly recommend it!)
Once the film is shrunk and has had a chance to cool, sand the edges.
Using the Krylon gold leaf pen around the edges of the images.
Now you are ready to assemble the necklace!
I spaced out five of the charms with 3 links in between. and then with simple loops, jump rings and wrapped loops I added beads until the necklace was as full as I wanted it.
I really like the finished look. It has that “more is more” look that I’m such an idiot for while at the same time it’s not terribly hard to make.
Have you tried shrink plastic lately? You might be missing out on something SERIOUSLY fun!
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Disclosure: Book provided for review.
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