Let's Make Shrinky Dink Jewelry! | Vesna Taneva-Miller | Skillshare

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Let's Make Shrinky Dink Jewelry!

teacher avatar Vesna Taneva-Miller, Artist, crafter, DIY-er

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Lessons in This Class

6 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Materials and Sanding

    • 3. Designing the Shirnkies

    • 4. Baking The Shrinkies

    • 5. Making The Jewelry

    • 6. Troubleshooting

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About This Class

In this class you will learn two different techniques to use onto Shrinky Dink plastic: stamping and drawing.  Your Shrinky Dink creation can have many uses, but in this class we'll make rings, earrings, hair pins and buttons.  

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Vesna Taneva-Miller

Artist, crafter, DIY-er


I am a mixed media artist working mostly with watercolors, textiles and often with recycled materials.  My work has been published in over a dozen Stampington & Company publications.  I have taught kids classes at the Vision Gallery in Chandler, AZ as well as volunteer for Art Masterpiece at my kids' school.  For more about me here are some links: blog - www.StitchPlayInAZ.com  IG: @vesnatanevamiller  Etsy: www.StichPlayShop.etsy.com 

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1. Intro: Hi. My name is Vesna mixed media artist in Phoenix, Arizona, and today will do a project that it's suitable for all ages will be using shrink innings. If you thought that trinket things there for Children, you will change your mind after this project. Tricky things air like magic you can trace you can draw. Or you can stamp an image onto the shrink eating plastic and watch it transform and shrink to 1/3 of its original size. Then you can use your PC your projects. My kids like to use them as game pieces que you can use them in your scrapbooking. You can use them in a card making. There is also a type of shrinky thing that you can print on so you can on it through your printer in black and white or color and print photographs. Today I will show you how you can use them to make jewelry in accessories. Way will make rings, will make hairpins for make hearings and will make buttons I'll share with you two different techniques. The 1st 1 is using stamps. This can be store bought stamps, or you could carve out your own stamps and stamp it on to your shrink getting with permanent ink, and the second technique is drawing your own designs. Hearing my lesson. I use some zan tangle techniques to draw a few doodles using a fine Sharpie. But drawing is not your forte. You can trace an image from a book. The most important thing is to be creative and not over. Think it and just have fun. 2. Materials and Sanding: So let's talk about some of the supplies that you would need for this project. You would need a packet of shrinking things. You can get this. Add any craft store. They do come in several different types. You can get him in white. You can get him in crystal frosted. You can even get a kind that you can run through your printer and print a photograph and then shrink it if you don't want their inexpensive. It's about $56 for the packet if you don't want to buy one. If you would rather be green and recycle, you can use a periodic box that has the recycling number six on the recycle sign on the back of the the box. Then you would need, uh, fine Sharpie. I used black Sharpie here to draw my designs onto the shrinky dink, but of course, you can use in different colors if you'd like. I kind of like the black because it leaves a nice outline when you draw a design and then you can color it inside. Next, you would need coloring pencils. You can use Crayola. You can use watercolor pencils. I like Prisma, color pencils they come in very nice colors. You can use stamps that you have on hand, or you can carve one of your own. If you do, you stamps make sure that you stays on ink and that's permanent. So that way it does not smear onto your shrink eating sheet of plastic. And then you would need some ring blanks. Some hairpin blanc's hearing blanks, anything that you would like. Um, any type of jewellery item that you would like to attach your shrink eating on. I used paper hole punchers to cut out shapes from my shrink innings, but you really don't need to get that fancy. If you don't have any hole punchers, you can feel free to cut out with scissors, your own shapes and designs. So the first thing we're gonna do is seeing down the shrinky dink plastic here used white so it's shiny on both sides. You do need to send the down, so that way you're Inc. When you're drawing with your Sharpie or when you're stamping with just stamp, it stays on and it does not smear. I use a sanding block that you can finding jewelry supply stores for nails just use the finest, great you confined And when you're sending and down you circular motions so that we're not seeing lines when you actually in the drawing your design. 3. Designing the Shirnkies: you can use a hole punch to punch out shapes your used some scalloped hearts and scalloped circles. But if you don't have a whole bunch is, you really don't need to go out and invest in any. You can use scissors to cut out shapes, and that would be good enough. The first option that you can do is to use stamps to decorate your shrink eating shapes. Use stays on for many think and any stamps that you have on hand. Or you can carve out your own stamps to decorate your fink innings. If you're going to make buttons with shrinking shapes, can use 18 inch hole puncher to punch out two holes in the center off your shrinking shape . So that way, the whole is already there when we before you bake so it will stay open. You can use that to use it as a button shape so you can so it or stitch it onto a garment or whatever you want to do with it. When you're coloring your shrinking things, you can use Crayola pencils. You can use watercolor pencils. I really like Prisma colors. They have really nice color, nice, juicy colors. But when you're covering color lightly, you don't have to press to charges Light life. Klein will do, because when you're shrinking Biggs, it will shrink to about 1/3 of the original size so your color would really get saturated. One gets smaller size, so yet color lightly use any color. Bright colors are really fun to use. They really do show in your shrinking another thing you can do. If you don't have stamps, you can use a fine Sharpie to draw your own designs. Here, you some sand doodles and Ingles designs to draw a couple of different things. They I'm really drawn to desert looking plants and flowers, perhaps because I live in the desert in Arizona. So it's really fun to come up with your own designs that looked like that of plants or flowers. So again, use a fine Sharpie too strong and then coloring pencils to color your drawing from your strength reading shape. You cut out 4. Baking The Shrinkies: all right. The next step is to bake them, and this is actually the really fun part, the part that actually hypnotize is me. So on the packaging, if you buy your shrinking things that the story on the packaging says to use a to become ad 325 degrees and you can actually do this in your home oven. I used a small toaster oven. I use this when I teach classes so it's really convenient to transport around, but you can totally do it in your kitchen. So 325 degrees do make sure that you put your shrinking things onto a thick piece off. Cardboard. Don't use Ah baking sheet because otherwise they will pretty much stick on it and you'll never be able to get him off. So a thick cardboard is just fine. Just put him on, and within a couple of minutes they're even less. Actually, they're kind of done. They're gonna shrivel up, and then they're gonna flatten out and they'll become really thick and shrink down to about 1/3 of the size that they were before you started baking them 5. Making The Jewelry: you do want to seal code? Um, I used the sealer spray in satin, and this is just so they could be protected from. If you're using them from jewelry, you can protect them from just fading out after they have dried from you spraying them. Then you can use E 6000 to a hearing to wing blanks or hairpins or the backing for hearings . This is to make hearings. Perkins brings Opens up on jewelry designs 6. Troubleshooting : for the most part, baking your shrinky things. It's pretty easy. There is one issue that happens to me once in a while, and it's usually when the shrinky dink is too big. Before you start baking, it is it's baking in the oven. The shrinky dink first shrivels up eso when it's too big, the opposite sides end up touching each other and they get stuck together. The weight trouble should. This is to pull it out of the oven. When you noticed this happening and then use pliers to pull part of sides, then put it back in the oven to finish baking. This doesn't always work because you have to be very quick in the process. If your string getting closed down while you're trying to separate the sides, it won't be able to flatten out when you try to finish cooking in the oven. So I tried to avoid this, and I tried to keep my shrinking things in a manageable size so I don't have to troubleshoot. Usually anything bigger than three or four inches gives me trouble, so don't worry if a few mess ups happen to you. It's just old part of the process. Thank you so much for enrolling in class. I hope you enjoyed the projects. And you have fun. As always. I would like to see what you make. So please share your projects in the project gallery. Once you them Thank you again.