Shrink Plastic Earrings
Kelly Smith heats computer-generated photos onto shrink plastic to create fashionable earrings.
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Materials and Tools:
photograph or image
inkjet shrink plastic paper
2-1/2" cardboard circle template
fine point and thick point black permanent markers
2 earring hooks
2 jump rings or o-rings
1/8" hole punch
heat embossing tool
clear acrylic matte spray
computer and imaging software
cardboard or wood
2. Place the 2-1/2-inch cardboard circle template over an image and trace around the template with a fine point black permanent marker. Repeat for a second image. Cut out the two images.
3. Hole punch the images close to the top.
4. Place the shrink plastic image on a piece of cardboard or wood.
5. Sprinkle and rub in a small amount of baby powder on each side to prevent sticking.
6. Shrink the plastic with a heat embossing tool. Hold the plastic down with the handle of a paintbrush. Move the gun around the plastic to avoid curling/sticking until the image reaches 1/2 to 1/3 original size. Flip it over and heat it to make sure the shrink plastic stays as flat as possible.
7. Let the shrink plastic image cool. Go around the edges and the back with a thick point black permanent marker.
8. Spray the front and back of the shrink plastic with a few light coats of acrylic spray. Let dry.
Attach feathers and beads to bias tape to create this ornate necklace and earring set.