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

  2. You are crazy tal­ent­ed. I still have every­thing you ever made me. :) Do you take orders for jew­el­ry?

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