November 2, 2012

DIY: Custom Earrings With Your Favorite Characters
(Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk! Book Review and Giveaway)
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My girls and I are in LOVE with a new craft medium.  Well, maybe not so new.  Shrinky Dinks have been wowing kids with their shrinky "magic" every since I was a kid.  I guess I never really stopped being a fan; I just got a little sidetracked with my boring grown-up stuff.  That all changed when a copy of Kathy Sheldon's new book, Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk! arrived in the mail from Lark Crafts.  One look at the whimsical, artful, sophisticated, and playful projects on the cover and I felt like a kid again.  


Shrinky Dinks now come in several different formulas depending on the look you want to achieve.  My favorite is the inket Shrinky Dink paper -- If you know how to print from a computer and turn on an oven, you have all the skills that are required to make some pretty incredible, professional-looking stuff.


Inspired by the Russian doll earrings and bobby pins on page 39 of Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk!, my girls and I set out to make our own creations based on some of their favorite cartoons -- Adventure Time, Regular Show, and My Little Pony.   

Have I piqued your interest?  You can enter to win a copy of Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk! at the end of this post!

 
I'm hard pressed to think of a craft that takes less time and yields more professional results than these inkjet Shrinky Dinks. For a pair of earrings, you're looking at around 5 minutes prep time and 3 minutes bake time. And the cost isn't too bad either.  We purchased our Shrinky Dinks from Michael's with a 50% coupon (regularly $12.99 for 6 sheets), so we estimate our cost per earring set to be around $1.50.

The sky's the limit when it comes to what you can print on Shrinky Dinks -- favorite characters, vintage graphics, family photos...imagine the possibilities! Ready to get started making your own custom earrings and bobby pins?  Here's how...

 
Make Your Own Custom Earrings with Shrink Plastic!

Materials
  • 1 sheet Shrinky Dinks Shrinkable Plastic for Ink Jet Printers
  • Images you would like to print
  • Kidney earring wires (ours were $3.49 for a package of 16)
  • or bobby pins with embellishment pads
  • A pair of small precision scissors (My favorites are the ones from EK Tools)
  • a 1/16" hole punch
  • parchment paper or paper grocery bag
  • E6000 or other jewelry glue (only if making bobby pins) 

Step 1: Find/Choose your images and arrange them in a MS Word document to maximize space on the shrinkable plastic sheet.   For the finished 1" inch charms, I set my images to around 3".  Lighten the image brightness by approx. 30%.  If making a set of matching earrings make sure that you flip one of the images horizontally so that you have a left and a right facing set.

You'll want to flip-flop one image out of every pair in the case of images that are facing in a particular direction (as shown above).  You'll also notice that the images are very light.  They need to start out light because the colors will intensify as the plastic shrinks.

Step 2:  Print onto shrinkable plastic sheet according to the directions on the Shrinky Dink package.  Set aside and allow ink to set for 5 minutes.


Step 3:  Using precision scissors, cut out the images tightly around the outlines.

Step 4:  If making earrings, use the 1/16" hole punch to punch a hole in the top of each cut-out.

Step 5:  Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.  Place cutouts on a paper grocery bag or piece of parchment.

This photo shows how the colors intensify, but doesn't accurately demonstrate how greatly the plastic shrinks.  The "after" shot is actually about 1/3 of the size of the "before"

Step 6:  Bake for 3 minutes.  Remove from oven and cover with a second sheet of parchment or paper bag.  Set a large book on top to press the charms out flat as they cool (about 3 minutes).


Step 7:  Loop the charms on to earring wires and you're ready to show off your new custom jewelry!

Use the style of ear wire on the right, not the left

For bobby pins:  Use a small dab of jewelry glue (I like E6000) to glue the charm to the embellishment pad.  Set aside to dry.

 
Here are some of the other projects featured in Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk! that I'm excited to try...

Clockwise from top left:  Tiger Lily Earrings, Mexican Oilcloth Necklace, Origami Paper Plane Earrings, Sweetheart Necklace.  Photo source: Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk!, Cynthia Shaffer

From the left:  Blooming Flowers Bracelet and Calla Lily Earrings. Photo source: Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk!, Cynthia Shaffer


GIVEAWAY!

Lark Crafts and author Kathy Sheldon have generously offered to give one signed copy of Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk! to a lucky Rook No. 17 reader.  Kathy is going to kick start your crafting by including a sheet of shrink plastic as well!  Enter below.  Good luck!


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28 comments:

  1. I want the decorating cookies book.

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  2. I would definitely LOVE to have my very own copy of 'Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk! Oh yes, absolutely! This is the title I'd love to find in my stocking this holiday season and I'm definitely, without a doubt, holding thumbs I am the lucky winner of this super amazing give-away!!! Thx so much :) My twitter name: @karientjie16 and my e-mail: karientjie16@yahoo.com

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  3. It's so hard to choose since I LOVE Lark Books, but I think I'd have to say Hand-in-Hand: Crafting With Kids because I've wanted that one for awhile now :)

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  4. I've just started playing around with shrinky dinks again after seeing a few posts on Pinterest using them. Such cool ideas that I never would have thought of! I had always just imagined the shrinky dinks being suncatchers.

    The book looks absolutely fabulous.

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  5. I love shrinky dinks. I remember them as a child and they have certainly come a long way. I would love to win that book!

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  6. Shrinky Dinks were awesome as a kid, but now with the ability to use custom graphics or choose from a plethora of digital and/or manipulated photos, this craft takes on a whole new sophistication. :)

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  7. 500 Beaded Objects is the book I would pick from the lark jewelry bead site

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  8. I'm interested In the Journal It book.

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  9. This one looks great but I'd also love the cookie decorating book as I'm hoping to make my cookie exchange an annual tradition!

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  10. I am a total book hoarder. This book is on my list as I haven't been able to find it at B&N yet.

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  11. This book looks really interesting! I LOVE the Calla Lily earrings and the necklace! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  12. I would like the Quilt It with Love: The Project Linus Story
    by Mary Balagna and Carol Babbitt or Decorating Cookies in my stocking!
     

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  13. would LOVE to have the crafting with kids or the shrinky dink book! great post!

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  14. The focus series: faces, letters, love, reflections, passages

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  15. ok, so besides the Shrink, Shrank, Shrunk! book, I am also very much into wire jewelry so would love the Making Wire & Bead Jewelry!

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  16. The Shrink, Shrank, Shrunk still has a hold of my heart!! The Quilting with Love book would be a very close second, though!!

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  17. I would definitely LOVE to have my very own copy of 'Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk! Oh yes, absolutely! This is the title I'd love to find in my stocking this holiday season and I'm definitely, wanting it. I hope I am the lucky winner of this super amazing give-away!!!

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  18. I love doing these! My granddaughter and I would have a ball making all of this.
    Did you know you can make your own sheets?

    http://www.skiptomylou.org/2009/01/07/how-to-make-shrinky-dinks-with-recycled-6-plastic/#

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  19. Besides this book, I would like the mixed media collage jewelry book, among many many others.

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  20. I love Shrinky Dinks ~ when I was little I used to shrink me some dinks often....I think I need to fire up the oven! Thanks so much for sharing ....I would love to win this wonderful book.

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  21. I still think Embellished Beadweaving looks like an amazing book!

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  22. I would love to win this book how amazinly crafty!!! :D

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  23. Holy Wow! I am digging your tutorial and am now thinking what great and simple Christmas gift ideas this would be. Waaay better than simmering dried fruits in a canning jar...

    I'd love the book! Lemme get started!

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  24. This is the BEST blog post ever!!!! We are HUGE shrinky Dink fans. We buy the blank sheets and design our own with colored pencils, but the pencil always flakes off over time. These are AMAZING!!!! We just started doing the Ink Jet ones today. ( we had to drive over an hour to find the paper, lol )We have pages of images lined up to do! Thank you SO much!!!!!

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  25. Very nice, love simplicity, the shiny is great. Wonderful jewelry idea. Seems like they'd be fairly inexpensive to make, think two teenage grand daughters would love these. Next time I'm in craft store I'll be looking out for the supplies. Great post
    . Glad you had a good break, you deserve it. Sometimes other things like your family, friends deserve to come first before your blog.
    wedding-earrings

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  26. Very nice, love simplicity, the shiny is great. Wonderful jewelry idea. Seems like they'd be fairly inexpensive to make, think two teenage grand daughters would love these. Next time I'm in craft store I'll be looking out for the supplies. Great post
    . Glad you had a good break, you deserve it. Sometimes other things like your family, friends deserve to come first before your blog.
    wedding-earrings

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  27. Did you use a shrinky dink oven or a regular oven for this project?

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