Create an Art Nouveau-Inspired Shrink-Art Pendant!comments (10) May 31st, 2009
Pick up some sheets of shrink plastic at your local craft store or online and use it to create a vintage-inspired pendant piece! I traced a romantic, swirly pattern onto white plastic and used it as the basis for a red-and-black pendant on a beaded chain. The sky is the limit with shrink art, so you can freehand or use specific designs for inspiration. Adding sparkly faceted beads along both sides of the adjustable chain, and as a decorative dangle at the clasped end, is a fun way to embellish the overall design.
What you'll need:
- White shrink plastic
- Medium- and fine-tip markers (I used black Sharpies)
- Sharp scissors
- Hole punch
- Pliers (flat-nose, round-nose, and wire cutters)
- Craft glue
- 24-gauge silver wire
- Medium-weight silver chain
- Medium-sized sparkly beads (I used eight)
- Small sparkly beads (I used five)
- Seed beads in a coordinating color
- Medium jump rings
- One large jump ring
- Teardrop or other focal charm
1. First, you’ll create your central pendant design on shrink plastic. I drew mine with Sharpie markers, and based it loosely on a copyright-free design in 305 Authentic Art Nouveau Jewelry Designs by Maurice Dufrene. You can use the one pictured here or improvise your own. Remember, the final design will shrink to about 40% of the original size, so plan accordingly.
2. Cut out your Art Nouveau design and punch two symmetrical holes in the pendant piece, near the top edges on each side. These large holes will shrink down to the perfect size to incorporate jump rings.
3. Following the package instructions, shrink your plastic piece to the desired size. Let it cool. Now use craft glue to embellish it with rhinestones, and let the glue dry completely. Choose a teardrop or other style of charm to complement the pendant piece—I chose a black curving teardrop to echo the black design I drew. Set these centerpiece elements aside.
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