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