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February 7, 2014

Tutorial: Pop Art Shrink Charms

Tutorial: It's simple to make your own stunning pop art jewelry charms with shrink plastic and a few items you probably already have around your house. No artistic skills required.I'm sure when some people think of shrink plastic crafts they reminisce about their childhood and sitting at the kitchen table, coloring in their Shrinky-Dink designs with colored pencils and then baking them in the oven, with the help of a grown-up, of course. Shrink plastic crafts are fun to make with kids, but the designs don't have to be childish.

In fact, it's simple to make your own stunning pop art jewelry charms with shrink plastic and a few items you probably already have around your house. No artistic skills required.


Materials

  • clear Grafix shrink film
  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • magazine
  • tape
  • Sharpie markers
  • oven or heat embossing tool
  • acrylic sealer and paint brush (optional)
  • jewelry findings - jump rings and earring wires

Directions


Cut your shrink plastic in the shape you would like. Make sure it's about twice as big as you would like the finished charm. Then punch a 1/4 inch hole in the plastic about 1/4 inch away from the edge. This is where you will be attaching your jewelry findings later.

It's fine to cut your plastic with a scissors. Other options are to use a large paper punch or die cut machine. (I plan on making a number of charms so I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out ovals that are all the exact same size.)

Next, flip through a magazine until you find a page with an interesting design or pattern. Both pages in this layout would have worked well, but I chose the Goldfish cracker ad on the left.
Tutorial: It's simple to make your own stunning pop art jewelry charms with shrink plastic and a few items you probably already have around your house. No artistic skills required. Roll up a tiny piece of tape and stick it to the back of your shrink film. Then, position your plastic over the design and gently tape it to the page.

Grab a Sharpie marker and trace the most prominent part of the design.
I used a metallic bronze Sharpie to trace the fish.

Make sure to use very tiny strokes as you fill in your design.

Remove the shrink film from the magazine and take off the piece of tape from the back of the film.
Now fill in the background

I wanted the background to look like water so I blended green and light blue.

I started by adding a swirl of green into the open spaces.
Tutorial: It's simple to make your own stunning pop art jewelry charms with shrink plastic and a few items you probably already have around your house. No artistic skills required. Then I swirled in light blue over the green and it made a beautiful aqua color.

Again, as you are filling in the background use tiny strokes.

Then it's time for the fun part, the shrinking. Just follow the directions included on the shrink film and bake your piece in the oven or use a heat embossing tool. I like using the heat embossing tool best because it shrinks the pieces more evenly since you have control over where and how much heat is applied.

Two words of warning about using a heat tool. First, it's hot. Be careful. Second, don't panic when your design curls up into a little wad of plastic. Keep applying heat and it will flatten out again.

Tutorial: It's simple to make your own stunning pop art jewelry charms with shrink plastic and a few items you probably already have around your house. No artistic skills required. Once your design is shrunk, let it cool.

To make your design last longer, apply a coat of acrylic sealer over your artwork.

Finally, add a jump ring through the hole to finish your pendant.


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