Favourite-things Friday

Shrink plastic!! :D

I’ve been wanting to make these shrink plastic flowers ever since I saw the tutorial on Just Something I Made some weeks ago. I have one sheet of that plastic left from a long time ago… I think an auntie bought that for me from Honk Kong when I was in elementary school. I really liked working with it when I was a kid. I found it quite magical how it works, and not a lot of fume (that I could tell) during the baking process, unlike Fimo. Anyhoo, I’ve only ever made things that are flat, and I thought it would be quite an adventure to make three-dimensional shapes, like flowers!

The tutorial mentioned using a flower shape punch, but I didn’t have one, so I just drew a template by hand. I figure it wouldn’t matter if the shape is wonky anyway, since it’s going to shrink and be reshaped. I wanted the flowers to look like the pink ones on those blooming trees. Not sure what they’re called but this is what it looks like…

Pretty huh. Also like a cherry blossom, except more pink.

So, anyways. I didn’t have a pink marker, so I sanded one side of each flower and coloured them with a pink pencil crayon, which I have plenty of.

I do have a broad-tip green markers, so that went on the leaves. Now they’re all coloured — ready to bake! :D It only said on the package to bake it at 130°C, didn’t mention for how long… so I just sat in front of the oven to watch them shrink, which was kind of a cool process to watch, and didn’t take very long, about 2 min each time.

The flowers needed to be baked individually, and then immediately pressed with the end of a paintbrush on a stack of craft foam once it’s out of the oven. The first flower cracked when I pressed it :( because I was too slow getting it out and it had already cooled. But the rest worked out brilliantly. And what really helped was the popsicle stick I mentioned in my last post! It’s a perfect shape to scoop the flowers directly from inside the oven. I didn’t get pictures of that in action because I needed to move quickly, but here’s me using the popsicle stick to scrape the leaves off the baking sheet…

I liked how the leaves turned out, coloured with markers. Very lush-looking. The pencil crayon flowers, on the other hand, looked like they were coloured with a pencil crayon. Oh well. Can’t see that from far away and I do like how it looked kind of frosty.

I also didn’t have headpins, to attach a bead in the centre of the flower. But I do have jewelery wire, so I made my own headpins. Sort of.

And part of the reason why I was so excited about making these flowers, is because I thought it would go so well with the blue beach glass necklace I made last summer.

See? I knew the colours would look so pretty together.

And then I also made earrings to match my pink shoes, which I’m planning to wear to a wedding in a couple of weeks :D

I still have 3 flowers and many leaves left, can’t decide what I’m going to do with them yet… I might save them to make Christmas presents with, or make a brooch with them. The tutorial has a picture of a bouquet pendant, also very pretty, so I might end up making that.

But anyways, it was really fun. Now I might need to find a store where I can get more shrink plastic… I came across Klutz’s Shrink Art Jewelry book some years ago and there are tons of lovely ideas as well.

Have a great weekend! :D

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6 thoughts on “Favourite-things Friday

  1. Can you even imagine how exciting it is for me to see this incredible jewelry that you made from the basics of my tutorial?! You totally stepped it up a notch into something really amazing. Thank you so much for sharing it. -Cathe

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