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