Shrink plastic is a very versatile medium. Its fun to work with for both children and adults alike and its available from most good craft stores and online.
Today I’m going to show you how to use shrink plastic to make these two lovely pendants…
The materials you will require are…
2 x frosted sheets of shrink plastic
Black permanent marker pen
Gold metallic gel pen
Gold metallic pencil
Silver metallic pencil
Length of black cord or leather
Thick silver memory wire (for choker)
10 4mm flat backed crystals (white)
2 x Charlotte crimp bead tips (silver)
1x jump ring
Flat silver charm (like a tag)
2 silver pendant attachments
1 necklace clasp
Small amount of silver tiger wire
Mini hole punch
Access to a pre heated oven or heat tool
Flat nosed pilers
To make your round pendant use your permanent black marker pen and draw a circle that goes into a swirl on the rough (frosted side) of your shrink plastic.
Next decorate the edging of your swirl with a petal like pattern like I have.
Use the gold gel pen to colour in groups of the petal like decoration like so.
Decorate any other way you wish.
Now cut out the shape and use the mini hole punch to make a hole in your pendant (not to close to the edge).
If using an oven preheat this to the temperature stated on the manufacturers instructions on your shrink plastic. Follow the guidelines to shrink the plastic.
If using a heat tool, place your plastic, frosted side up, on a ceramic surface and hold it with a pencil tip as you apply the heat.
Within seconds the plastic should start to shrink. It will all fold up into a ball before finally opening back out to reveal its smaller self. This process takes seconds.
The plastic will now be 7x smaller and much more thicker than it was previously.
Once the plastic has cooled use super glue (a tooth pic or similar) to glue one crystal to the centre of your swirl and three more crystals like I have in the image below.
Now fit a pendant grip through the pendants hole and thread the black cord through the hoop.
Its now time to finish of your necklace using the jewellery findings!
Thread a charlotte crimp end to each end of your thread. Tie in a knot to secure and use flat nosed pilers to crimp the thread securely inside the body of the Charlotte.
Now, to one end of your thread add a jump ring to the Charlotte crimp end and to the other end attach a clasp.
Your first pendant is now complete.
Gold and silver pendant
Cut your shrink plastic into a thickish strip.
Use your gold and silver pencils to add swirls of both colours to the rough side of your plastic. Ensure your swirls overlap one another like so…
Once your design is complete again cut down your plastic remembering that it will be 7x smaller once shrunk. Your finished pendant will need to measure at least 2-2 1/2 centimetres in length.
At this stage you will also need to round off your edges to ensure there are no sharp corners.
Turn your plastic long ways up and use your mini hole punch to make a hole both at the top and bottom of your shape.
Now place in the oven shrinking your plastic as you did before (instructions above).
Once your plastic has shrunk and it is cool to touch use you super glue to glue on five of your crystals randomly in the centre of your swirls.
Attach a pendant grip to the top hole like so.
Now take your flat silver tag and glue on one more crystal to its centre.
Thread a small piece of silver tiger wire through the loop of your flat pendant and then through the hole at the bottom of your shrink plastic.
Twist using flat nosed pilers and cut of any excess with wire cutters.
Your flat silver tag should now dangle from the bottom of your plastic pendant.
Lastly mould the memory wire into a hoop and thread the pendant onto the wire. Secure the end by forming two loops using flat nosed pilers.
And your finished.
Alice loves wearing these home made creations and the shrink plastic has done well to impress us both.
Why not give those above a try or simply use your imagination to create your own style of shrink plastic jewellery.