If you heat it, it will shrink (279th new thing).
February 1, 2012 § 2 Comments
One of my crafty purchases on Cyber Monday was a pack of Grafix shrink film. I had seen this tutorial for a Shrinky Dink Ring and thought it would be a cool thing to try out. On Day Two Hundred Seventy-Nine I made shrink film jewelry (or at least attempted it).
I checked out a few websites for any additional tips on using the shrink plastic. I found out that permanent markers like Sharpies work well and you should lightly sand the side of the film you are going to mark up, especially if using colored pencils.
I began with a test, writing a “Merry Christmas” on a piece of film, punching a hole in the top, and cutting around the message in a circle. I thought it could be an ornament for my bare Christmas Tree. Next I stuck it in a preheated toaster oven and watched. It only took about thirty seconds for the plastic to bubble up and then flatten again. However, the finished product was a quarter the size and had turned into an unbendable white chunk. I was amazed that it worked, but also annoyed that it was white. I thought I had ordered clear. Hmmph.
Next up I tried to make a ring from the tutorial. I tested out my colored penciling skills on a lightly sanded side of the plastic. The rubbing didn’t seem to adhere very well to its surface, but I figured the colors would become more vibrant in the heating process, so I continued.
I popped the plastic sheet into the oven and waited for it to swell up and then shrink. I knew the difficult part would be coming up. After I felt like it was finished shrinking I pulled the pan out of the oven and set to work forming a ring-like shape.
It didn’t work. It turned into some strange lumpy, badly colored in piece of white plastic. I thought about trying again, but fear of burning myself led me to decide to try to make earrings or a necklace instead.
With my hole puncher, stamps, and sharpies, I was far more successful at the earring and necklace jewelry. I made a pair of green dangles with a bird stamp (putting birds on things!) and in the vein of my previous jewelry-making experiment for this blog I fashioned a shrinky dink bunting necklace.
Despite my shrink film ring failure, I was pleased with my other jewelry-making endeavors using the material. Besides, watching plastic shrink in your oven is kind of awesome.