Saturday, 20 November 2010

DIY Shrinkle Jewellery

I mentioned in my last post that I had just bought some Shrinkle paper to make jewellery with and today I decided to try it out so I thought I would post the results! I just used a doodle from one of my notebooks as a test piece to see how it all worked as I wasn't sure how much it would shrink/ how long to leave it in the oven etc.
The image I chose to use.

For anyone else who hasn't used Shrinkles before you basically draw your design onto the paper using permanent pens and colouring pencils, bake in the oven for a couple of minutes and it turns to a plastic which can be used for jewellery making and other crafty things.
I did take more photos of the process however my SLR had run out of battery and the quality on my blackberry is pretty bad, so I've just chosen a couple to post.
Baking time!

I chose to put the finished piece onto a necklace, so I made sure i punched a hole in the paper before baking to make this easier. Once I took it out of the oven it cooled down very quickly and was made into a cute necklace in no time!
The finished necklace.

I'm not sure if you can really tell from this image but the finished pendant is about an inch tall, so I'd say it shrunk to at least four times smaller than the original image I drew. I'm definitely glad I tried this out and will certainly be making more jewellery using Shrinkle paper!

I have also been thinking recently about getting myself some sort of online shop to sell the bits and bobs I make, but at the moment I'm not sure if would have enough time and have been trying to decide whether it would be worth it or not... 
Hope you guys like this DIY :) and if you have any suggestions for designs or things I might be able to try making let me know!
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