February 19, 2009

Shrinky Dink Charms and crafty afternoon

shrinky dink handmade craft charms cute kawaii
I was so in need of new inspiration and what better than nice company and new craft techniques? Yesterday i had the pleasure to visit the lovely Diana of Sweet Buddha Designs. We tried out my new Bind it All Machine (more on that in a later post) and she taught me how to make paper beads using embossing powder and a heat gun! You understand, now i want to get a heat gun!

Today was another new craft technique day, or better said, very old craft technique day. The mailman didn't only deliver an order of new wool felt for me this morning, he also had a package with Shrink Plastic for me! You might remember this from back in the day, i know i made shrinky dink charms as a little girl and today i gave it another try. You see the tiny charm in the middle, with the deer stamp on it? That was my first test piece. It's very cute, but i won't be able to use it as a charm, because obviously not only the design shrinks with heat, the hole that you would put a jump ring through also shrank! Now it's too tiny to put anything through... Always good to do a testpiece. I am a bit confused why with some pieces the white background turned out a bit yellowish, maybe i kept the charm in the oven too long? Anyone knows? Now that i have the shrink plastic i obviously have another reason to get that heatgun. I have a feeling that the way the pieces shrink is more controllable with a heatgun than in the oven. Especially since my oven doesn't have a front window, so i have to open it to check if the charm is ready..

I will try out some things to get some kind of (glossy) seal on the charms. I don't really like the feel of the charms as they are now. Strange, i remember the shrinkies from the past being very smooth. Maybe the ones that you can't run through your printer still are? Got some research to do.


Handmade Girl said...

I'm obsessed with shrink plastic. Yes, the ones that you draw on yourself are smoother. I use Diamond Glaze to seal them. I don't have an oven window either, but I prefer the oven to my heat gun. Get a thermometer and make sure your oven is the correct temp. That can discolor the plastic... baking too quickly. I have loads more tips, but thats it for now. :)

Gracie said...

Ohh I'm going to keep watch about this! I tried shrink plastic and still have a few sheets left. I'd like to know how to make it better.

Your's look great!! I like the little deer even though it is very small =)

Mod and Mint said...

Thanks for the tips handmade girl! I think i have some diamond glaze somewhere, will try that and keep a better look at the temp of the oven.
Gracie, stay put, i will definitely write more about this in another post! And i'm thinking of using the scraps of the shrink plastic to make more of those tiny charms, but then with bigger holes of course!

The Craftaholic said...

I had so much fun! There is so much you can do with that heat gun.
Next time you come over we can have more fun with it and make some bottlecap jewelry!

Zesty Gal said...

Shrinky dink... I meant to ask you some time ago *LOL* I was wondering if it still exists and here's my answer. I loved the stuff as a child, so awesome! I'm curious to see what you'll come up with :)

And you're right they were extremely smooth and shiny, but you had one sanded side and one glossy side ;)

Emma said...

You have to get that heat gun! I found shrink plastic so fiddly until I did it with the heat gun - it's so easy!

Julie said...

These are so sweet! I really want to try out htis technique.

Btw, you've won one of my little fabric fames! I emailed you.

Tizzalicious said...

I played with shrink plastic so much when I was a kid! I've been trying to find some in Holland (the printer kind), but no luck so far...maybe some day :)