Shrink Plastic Jewelry Examples

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on Aug 4, 2008 7:34 AM

I mentioned in today's blog that I've been playing with shrink plastic, but that I haven't actually baked anything since it hit 100 degrees!  So since I don't have finished anything to show you, I did want to share some examples I found to give you some ideas about how you might use this material:

Here are some designs I liked:

Rings by Planet June
I never thought about making rings until I saw this tutorial.

Necklace by Stamping Starlette
A nice mix of beads and stamped charms.

Water Bottle Charms by Stampin Hot in Arizona
Bright and colorful.  Good idea for keychains, too.

Buttons by CraftPudding
Imagine one of these buttons as a bracelet clasp or on a fun jacket.

Anyone else have some links or photos to share?  What about other ideas for using non-traditional materials for jewelry?

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Mistryaa wrote
on Aug 4, 2008 12:38 PM

 I have made charms which have been stamped into (intaglio) you can see them in my flickr account,  I use a heat gun to shrink my plastic. 

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PennieE wrote
on Aug 4, 2008 1:24 PM


I have been expermenting with shrink plastic to make pendents and earrings. I have been using the type that one can print on with an ink jet printer. Here is a sample of one of my designs


I am working on ways to combine the shrink plastic and even polymer clay I love tring to combine media to make items.

Pennie E

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Sheila H wrote
on Aug 4, 2008 1:28 PM

I am hoping to try this in the next few days. I saw one site that said you can use a hole punch to make  a hole to string with. Great Idea! I don't know how long it would have taken me to figure that one out on my own. 

Also, some say you can use with printers and some you can't so please read carefully! 

If it is the ones that you can print on, the sky is the limit with designs. Even if I color the design with marker some how. 

Also this opens up earrings, necklaces, bracelets...THANKS FOR THE IDEA! It may be that something different at the craft shows!

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RitaR@11 wrote
on Aug 4, 2008 10:05 PM

Here are some charms I made using shrink plastic and made into a charm bracelet with Swarovski crystals and sterling silver. I posted them on my blog, just so you could see them:

They are posted on Aug. 4, 2008


Thanks for looking at it. They were made for  a special challenge on WetCanvas, and are available for purchase on Etsy.

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on Aug 4, 2008 10:56 PM

I really didn't need to read this post, y'all!.  I have enough craft stuff already, and now I'm going to have to buy more.  I remember this stuff from when I was a kid but don't think I ever used it myself.  I've seen a few other articles, but now that I've seen all these pics and tutorials I'm getting inspired....those rings look like fun.  You could probably even punch holes in them to string headpins through so you could add beads.  Hmmm...


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Nemeton wrote
on Aug 5, 2008 2:30 AM

 Thanks for this - you've reminded me that I've got some shrink plastic charms that came as part of a swap and haven't been used yet - if and when I get some spare time, I'll dig them out and have a play!

I love using all sorts of materials in jewellery and have three big boxes of 'found objects' and recycled components (ribbon, packaging, buttons, bits of toys, hardware, beach pebbles...) that I rifle through when I need something in particular, or just for inspiration. I find it hard to resist picking up anything that's got a hole in it or that could potentially be beaded around! My favourite 'found objects' piece is still Memento Mori, who was made for one of the Bead Boy challenges (sadly missed!) - there's some further information on the Beadwork gallery page (




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EliseB@7 wrote
on Aug 5, 2008 5:35 AM

Just to let you know - it is better to shrink them with a heatgun. You will have more control and the peices will lay flater.

~Black Ant


on Aug 5, 2008 6:04 AM

If you don't have a heat gun would a hairdryer work, or does it not get hot enough?  Just wondering...



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kathy k3 wrote
on Aug 5, 2008 2:21 PM

I have had great success with using the embossing heat tool on shrink material. Just hold it with a piercing tool and it shrinks down just great. That should keep the heat down by not having to heat your regular oven or toaster oven.


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on Aug 5, 2008 3:07 PM

Thanks for all these great suggestions about alternate heating methods!

Anyone ever tell you that you're a smart and friendly bunch? Smile

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PaulaB@46 wrote
on Aug 5, 2008 4:30 PM

 My daughter made bracelets for her mother-in-law and me for Mothers Day.  They included close-ups and scenes from the past year of the grandbabies.  We both loved them and have received innumerable compliments on them.

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SCB1 wrote
on Aug 5, 2008 8:36 PM

I am going hunting for shrink plastic tomorrow. I will start at Michaels and then off to Hobby Lobby and then if that fails to produce the shrink plastic I will go and look at Craft 2000.

I have decided that Shrink Plastic is exactly what I need to finish a projuct for my golf league. Every year I make something for the door prizes for our  league luncheon. This year I am making a little something different and I think the shrink plastic will do the trick. I will let you all know how it works out if I can find it.

Does anyone know where else I can look to find it?

Thanks in advance.

Happy Beading!!


Small-town USA. 




on Aug 5, 2008 11:48 PM

I did a Google search yesterday for "shrink plastic" and almost all of the sites are from the UK except the "Shrinky Dinks" website and a couple others.  Shrinky Dinks does have quite a few different packs you can buy, but they didn't have the inkjet type.  I think I found those on a crafting site, and they're more expensive.



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