Shrink Plastic Magic

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lcampb Lilly Campbell, contributor
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Printing on shrink plastic creates a cute but sophisticated charm.
Shrink plastic rings can be made to fit your finger!
Stamping on shrink plastic yields great results!
Scrapbookers take heed! Shrink plastic charms can make more than just great jewelry...
Printing on shrink plastic creates a cute but sophisticated charm.

Printing on shrink plastic creates a cute but sophisticated charm.

Photo: Morgan Shooter

If you wrote off shrink plastic back in the days when Shrinky Dinks™ only sold pre-designed sheets, it is definitely time to take another look at this awesome medium. There are multiple shrink plastic producers, now, and sheets are available in clear, translucent, canvas white and black varieties. There are even sheets that are specially designed to be printed with an Ink Jet printer.  Meanwhile, crafters have been pushing the boundaries of this fun plastic, discovering ways to transform the effect from childish to craftacular.

Blogger June Gilbank of Planetjune has a great tutorial for making shrink plastic rings on her website and Dawn Lippincott at Artchixstudio shares tips for adhering photos to shrink plastic pieces to make charms.  For beaders, the Rubber Stamp Club offers their design for these modern shrink plastic beads.  Finally, scrapbookers will love the lesson from blogger Lisa Johnson of Poppy Paperie for making page accessories with stamps and shrink plastic sheets.

Etsy user Morgan Shooter of Missbluebirdcreation shows the potential for printing on different colored sheets. Also, don't hesitate to mess around with painting, stamping, and even chalk accents.  Make sure to look at the package for specific directions on how to use the product and also keep in mind that you can often layer multiple pieces of shrink plastic for an original 3D effect. For more ideas, check out Jane Roulsten’s book Shrink Art 101.

Have you used shrink plastic to make something unusual or unexpected? Be sure to share your creations with us!

posted in: Jewelry, bracelet, ring, keepsake, scrapbook

Comments (6)

Makmelaff writes:

found the tutorial for charms archive. I Love Love Love shrink plastic! I haven't tried rings yet... you make it sound pretty easy. thank you!
Posted: 7:21 pm on May 9th
misslippi writes: Hello fellow artisians!! I looked up artchix studio also looking for the tutorial I did for the shrink art charms and they have revamped there web site and it the class's no longer exsist SOOOO... you can email me and I will forward the tutorial to your email box and with a word program you can print it out or just view it from your screen! my email is [email protected]
sorry for the confussion
Dawn Marie (Lippincott)
need help i will do my best :)
Posted: 9:48 pm on May 17th
pawsprayandlaugh writes: Hi I tried checking out the site art artchix studios and could not find a tutorial from Dawn Lippincott anywhere on that site.

Can you pls send me the link because I need the tutorial.


Posted: 4:01 pm on May 3rd
trusk4u writes: I've been thinking about trying this again, and now seeing this post and all the possibilities. I can hardly contain myself!
Posted: 7:17 pm on July 18th
VictoriaNorth writes: Lilly you beat me to posting about this. One thing I found was that you can use any plastic that is marked with recyclable type 6. Just check inside the triangle logo on your plastic to-go container to make sure you have the right plastic type.

I also found a cool Shrinky Dink jewelry project on Instructables by DotatDabbled,
Posted: 5:06 pm on July 14th
Jen_W writes: Check out my friend Evelyn Taylor's Shrinky Dink creations at her etsy store:
Posted: 11:27 pm on July 13th
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