Simple Shrinky Jewelry

April 28, 2015

Hi there! It’s Marsha again! Today I’ve got a really simple but stylish project for you.

Are you excited about the new Spring release? The new dies and peel-offs will be available soon!

I always give my new dies a test run when they arrive. This not only gives me an idea of what the die-cuts will look like, but it also helps me get ideas for what I can do with them.

When I first tried the new Pebbles die, I immediately thought: this will make a nice pendant!

Elizabeth Craft Designs - Pebbles (1026)

I couldn’t figure out what material to use and I had to try a couple of products before I found the answer: shrink plastic!

Marsha Valk | Elizebeth Craft Designs: Simple Shrinky Jewelry

I created a pendant with the new Pebbles die and a bracelet featuring the Jewelry Set 1 – Sea Glass from a previous release.

Here are the steps to create them:

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Simple Shrinky Jewelry Step 1

1. Die cut all the pieces you need out of shrink plastic. You will need approximately 10 pieces of Sea Glass to create the bracelet, depending on the size of your wrist.

As you can see in the photo, I used the metal adaptor plate to cut the shrink plastic. It may not be necessary but different brands might give different results.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Simple Shrinky Jewelry Step 2

2. You need to take into account that each piece will shrink to a very small size. It’s best to punch holes in the pieces before shrinkage. I used a crop-a-dile for this but you can also use one of your hole dies.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Simple Shrinky Jewelry Step 3

3. Shrink the die-cut pieces following the instructions on the package of shrink plastic. Mine said: Pre-Heat oven to 325 F (160 C) and bake for 1 to 3 minutes. I put my shrink plastic pieces on a sheet of baking parchment and used that to place them in and out of the oven.

4. Take the pieces out of the oven and let them cool for a few seconds.

5. File the edges of the shrinked pieces smooth if needed.

6. Add a chain to the pendant and string the Sea Glass pieces together with jump rings. Add a jewelry clasp of choice.

And that’s it! Ready to wear!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Simple Shrinky Jewelry

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Simple Shrinky Jewelry

If you like, you can use coloured pencils, permanent markers or stamps and StazOn ink to alter your die-cut jewelry pieces before shrinking them in the oven.

I hope you try it, it’s fun!

Have a wonderful day!

Marsha

SUPPLIES:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:
954 Jewelry Set 1 – Sea Glass
1026 Pebbles
803 Metal Adaptor Plate
807 Die File Set

Other:
Shrink plastic
Hole punch or die
Chain
Jump rings
Clasps
Jewelry pliers

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16 Comments

  • Reply Mary Prasad May 6, 2015 at 8:22 am

    So cool! Will have to try!

  • Reply Kelly Booth May 2, 2015 at 9:14 am

    This is so lovely….Need to try this Marsha!

  • Reply Karen Aicken April 28, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    So creative – and the finished projects are just beautiful!

  • Reply Carmel Gauci April 28, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    what a great idea…..going to have a go at this when my soon to 9 year old grand daughter comes over….she will love it too……thank you for the inspiration …..

  • Reply Wendy Gibson April 28, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Genius! Love shrink plastic and this is a creative take on it! Way to see outside the box!

  • Reply Joset van de Burgt April 28, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Just beautiful and so easy! I have to try this!

  • Reply Debra Hensley April 28, 2015 at 11:33 am

    I love this! So clever and gorgeous!

  • Reply Judi Kauffman April 28, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Whoops. I meant So many possibilities – fingers slipped while typing.

  • Reply Judi Kauffman April 28, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Looks like bone or ivory. So manhy possibilities!

  • Reply Marsha. April 28, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Thanks ladies! So glad you like the project! Be sure to share your results with me! I would love to see!!

    • Reply Els van de Burgt April 28, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      I already have my white shrink plastic out!

  • Reply Rita Pirc April 28, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Great ideal! Love it.

  • Reply Raquel Mason April 28, 2015 at 8:32 am

    What a great idea Marsha, thanks so much for sharing.

  • Reply Els van de Burgt April 28, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Absolutely love this Marsha and will try this for sure!

  • Reply Debbie Vignola April 28, 2015 at 8:28 am

    This is such a clever idea. tfs

  • Reply Candy Spiegel April 28, 2015 at 8:16 am

    These are so pretty! How clever to use Shrink Plastic.

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