well I hope it has been a creative weekend and you have been whipping up some fabulous Easter creations to be enjoyed in your home and with your family. I know I have been creating all sorts of goodies for the upcoming holiday. Today though I want to tell you about my shrinky dink bracelet project. I knew immediately when I heard this idea as we were brainstorming that I wanted to give it a try. My 5 year old daughter loves shrinky dinks so this was a fun project for us to tackle together.
First lets talk about the supplies you will need:
Shrinky Dink Plastic Sheets, jumprings, your jewelry printable .pdf file from the site, pliers, miscellaneous buttons, your printer and some type of jewelry closure (I used a toggle closure). Now the shrinky dink plastic I used I purchased at Hobby Lobby and it is specifically for inkjet printers. Just read on the packaging and make sure you can run it through your printer…some are not made for that. My plastic was bright white in color and there was a right and wrong side to print on so make sure you read the instructions before printing on it.
Tips and Tricks that I have found work (as well as some great tips from our customers that have been emailed in….thanks!):
1. Again, make sure you read the instructions that come with the plastic to make sure you print on the right side of the material, if not the ink will not dry and will just wipe right off.
2. I did find that on the bright white plastic the colors were darker than I wanted my charms to be so I did lighten the colors a bit in my print settings…you can also use a clear plastic which I have been told makes the colors truer to what you see on your screen.
3. Punch your holes for your charms before you bake them in the oven.
4. Jumprings was all I needed to put between the charms and buttons but if you were wanting to make more serious jewelry to wear longterm you would want to get some stronger jewelers jumprings. (Michael’s has a good selection of jewelry supplies)
5. Have fun!!! There are endless ways this printable page can be used. Make charms to embellish place cards, gift cards, tags, layouts. Make pendants for necklaces, charm bracelets…there are so many ways these can be used. (Just think of all the cute charms you could make with this brush kit as well.)
As always, if you have questions about any of the techniques here email us, we would love to hear from you!