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Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk!: Make Stylish Shrink Plastic Jewelry Paperback – Oct 2 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts; 1 edition (Oct. 2 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1454703490
  • ISBN-13: 978-1454703495
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 21.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Children of the 1970s and '80s may remember Shrinky Dinks--preprinted pieces of shrink plastic to color and cut out. Modern shrink plastic comes in a variety of finishes, and some plastics can be imprinted with an inkjet printer, but the preparation is the same: color, cut out, and bake until the plastic shrinks. Standout projects include whimsical paper-airplane earrings, a Liberty-esque floral-print earring and necklace set, and several minimalist pendant projects that resemble glass, rather than shrink plastic. VERDICT: Gen X crafters will be intrigued by the retro raw materials, but the projects highlight all of the possibilities of shrink plastic. The pieces are eye-catching and bear little resemblance to the Shrinky Dinks of yore." --Library Journal
“Clearly written, beautifully illustrated, clear, concise and I have to admit that I am planning to give several of the suggested projects a whirl because they are 'that' nice looking. I guess my comment would be 'this is not your grandmother's--or mother's--shrink plastic art.' The projects that are presented, designed by some really excellent artists, are things that will catch your eye as well as your imagination. You'll find all necessary information about what supplies you will need, none of which are very costly. It's a really fun book, filled with really nice projects that will be sure to please any crafty gal or guy. With adult supervision and assistance, I think that older kids can join in the fun with you, too.” --Marie Z. Johansen, Books by the Willow Tree
“I was totally surprised. Happily surprised! This book written by Kathy Sheldon makes me want to go out and buy some shrink plastic. Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk! is a fabulous book for so many reasons. Kathy has a fun and energetic writing skill. From cover to cover Kathy explains each step and then allows you to add your own touches. If you have ever wanted to use shrink plastic, then this book is for you. Kathy accomplishes what a true craft book writer is supposed to do: inspire her reader” --Nicole Campanella, The Beadwright blog

“Kathy Sheldon will make you want to try shrink plastic again. The book covers all you need to know about shrink plastic and how to work with the medium. If you have been looking for a way to create inexpensive yet still stylish jewelry components that you can also merge into other forms of jewelry making such as wire work and beading, this is an excellent resource to consider. The book has thirty step-by-step jewelry projects, and I honestly did not see one that I did not like.” (5-star review) Jewelry Making

"I see a huge draw for this book for those who work with kids and need creative, fast but really fun stuff to use for craft projects. This is inexpensive, fairly easy and certainly doable in a time crunch. A pretty
floral bracelet, with fill-color flower variations, would brighten any mood." --Scorpio Moon Jewelry


About the Author

Author and editor Kathy Sheldon loves following her hunches to find trends in that sweet spot where the online-crafting world and book-buyers meet. She developed the popular Fa la la la Felt and is co-author of the follow-up book, Heartfelt Holidays. She lives in Charleston, SC, Asheville, NC, and Windham, ME.

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By Suelle on Oct. 22 2015
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Very good book. Perfect instructions for a beginner using shrink art.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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Reliving my childhood! Nov. 8 2012
By Hello Happy - Published on
Format: Paperback
The author tells us that when she tells people about shrinky jewelry they either respond with how much they love it or Huh? I would definitely be in the first camp, as I had a great time making shrinky dinks as a child. I was very interested to see how the technique would translate into jewelry making. Apparently, by using stretched plastic, when heated the plastic will shrink in size, while at the same time intensifying the colors that are used to decorate it. It also gets significantly thicker, too, which makes for a much more sturdy piece when finished. If you'd like to use this idea to recycle plastic containers, check to make sure that they are labeled as #6, and you should be able to find a good many items to work with, including take out containers and plastic cups.

There are instructions for all types of plastic jewelry creations: rings, earrings, necklaces, even lovely cameos. The one I had to try was the gorgeous High Tea Charm bracelet, with its lovely rose patterns and tea treats dangling from a silver chain. This craft used a sheet of white inkjet shrink plastic that I was able to print on using my inkjet printer (pretty cool!). After printing, I just had to cut out each piece and punch a hole in the top of them and then put them in the oven to bake. I had to place a large book on them when I removed them from the oven so the edges didn't do that curling up thing that I remember from when I was a kid, but the book made that issue simple to prevent.

I sprayed with some sealer and I just love how they turned out! So pretty and what an easy jewelry making technique. My kids are loving trying it out, too. They mostly want to draw their own designs, which is very fun, so far they've made a keychain and a necklace. I love this trip back in time that takes a new, modern spin on an old favorite.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Great, fun book with a wealth of lovely project ideas! Sept. 22 2012
By MusingCrow - Published on
Format: Paperback
When I received this book I actually had to chuckle to myself. I missed the shrinky dink craze of the 70's and had no experience with shrink plastic of any sort before I made pears on an Artist Trading Card last month. I had become interested in this stuff from that small experience and voila! this book appears for me to enjoy!

If you've ever had any questions on what this shrink plastic is - this is the book for you! It's clearly written, beautifully illustrated, clear, concise and, I have to admit ,that I am planning to give several of the suggested projects a whirl because they are 'that' nice looking. I guess my comment would be "this is not your grandmother's - or mother's - shrink plastic art.

Kathy Sheldon gives very well presented information about the relatively short background of this intriguing product and the projects that are presented, designed by some really excellent artists, are things that will both catch your eye as well as your imagination. You'll find all necessary information about what supplies you will need - none of which are very costly. I bought my dedicated polymer and plastic oven at the thrift store for a song and the plastic sheets are also quite economical. I think most of will have the other required items in our crafty homes already - so you'll most likely be almost ready to go when the book lands on your doorstep - or in your Indie bookstore's bag.

It's a really fun book, filled with really nice projects that will be sure to please any crafty gal or guy. With adult supervision and assistance I think that older kids can join in the fun with you too. Buy it! You'll like it I'm certain!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Way too old for the first go around on this...Perfect for me now! July 16 2013
By Jean Baldridge Yates - Published on
Format: Paperback
I love all things jewelry and I love all things creative.
When I received this book, I was thrilled to discover shrink plastic, something I missed out on the first time it was popular (in the form of shrinky dinks).

I found that the greatest appeal of this book, Shrink, Shrank, Shrunk! by Kathy Sheldon, for me, is that there is nothing which is not pretty here, and nothing which is not innovative and colorful here. Any jewelry designer who loves any sort of specific technique in particular (for example: wire wrapping, or using chain. or hanging charms on leather cord, or mixed media, or beading--you name it!)will find that he or she can apply her preferred technique in tandem with shrink plastic. It is so cool and fun!
Read the introduction by the author and learn the origins of the newer art of making stylish shrink plastic jewelry.
Read the basics to understand completely the types of plastic, how to work with them, how to create "a basic shrink plastic kit" and what materials are handy to have around. Be reassured that it is safe.
Kathy Sheldon has gathered a number of designers to share their amazing projects with you.
My absolute favorite, "Paper Plane Ride Necklace" by Stasia Burrington, is so celebratory of the art of shrink plastic it seems to personify the artistic heights to which one can fly when taking this technique and embracing it. I would wear this proudly anywhere. I can, too, thanks to the template available to assist me when I make it!
Ah, beauty. My other favorite is a mood piece which had been double layered by baking the plastic twice and fusing it together. It is eassssssy. But it is so preeeeeeeeeeeeeetty! This is a set of a necklace and earrings called "Birds on a Wire" which I adore! It is designed by Heather Davidson.
You may love other designs by other designers more. I am not the boss of you. I will tell you, however, that once you open this book, you WILL find something, or many things, to love.
The templates and the doodles for you to work with are fantastic. The appeal is endless, whether you are a "very serious" jewelry designer, or a flighty craft-for-fun type.
Kathy Sheldon has the best book on shrink plastic you can find here. And the coolest thing of all is, you didn't think you needed it, but you DO!
It is fabulous!

Shrink!,Shrank!,Shrunk!: Make Stylish Shrink Plastic Jewelry, is wonderful!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
From a Shrink Plastic Crafter Oct. 14 2012
By C. Holden - Published on
Format: Paperback
I rediscovered shrink plastic a couple of years ago and have been having so much fun crafting with it. As a Contributing Editor for Country Living, my very first feature for the magazine was a charm bracelet crafted from shrink plastic. As crafters and jewelry designers begin to embrace shrink plastic, we are finding that good information, current techniques and unique ideas haven't been that easy to come by. So I am really excited about the release this new book that explores not only easy, inexpensive, and beautiful accessories that can be created from shrink plastic, but also gives valuable information, great techniques, important resources (and a few fun surprises) I've yet to find anywhere else. The author, Kathy Sheldon, contacted me regarding a shrink plastic jewelry craft I shared on my blog and requested that I design a couple of new pieces for the book. I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of this exciting new resource for crafters and jewelry designers of all skill levels and ages with over 30 unique step-by-step projects from multiple talented designers. Kathy's writing style is fun, friendly and extremely clear, a perfect fit for the subject matter. Each project is beautifully photographed. You'll be surprised at the range of jewelry styles you can create with shrink plastic from whimsical to casual to elegant.

Cathe Holden