A pin with Gaugin's Two Sisters and a funky Egyptian Eye of Ra.

 

Remember Shrinky Dinks? They were popular in the '80s. You could draw a picture on these sheets of plastic and then cut out and bake, and you would end up with a neat little plastic toy. Most of the time it came in kits with designs already printed on them like Cabbage Patch Kids or Muppet Babies.

Well, now you can use the same plastic to create some really cool things to wear!

You need:


A shrinky version of Van Gogh's Starry Night.
See how the left side is curled up? That flattened out when I re-baked it for about 5 min after taking it out and letting it "rest" a few minutes.

Here's what you do:

1. Draw your design on the rough side of the plastic. Don't forget to draw it BACKWARDS, especially if there is any writing in your design. (If you have trouble drawing it backwards, you might want to draw it first on tracing paper, then flip and trace in sharpie Marker. Then place the backwards drawing under your plastic and trace.
2. Color with color pencil (on the rough side.)
3. If you like, add some accent lines on the shiny side with Sharpie marker. This will give the final product a really cool 3-D look!
4. Punch holes for string, jump rings, etc… with hole punch. Do it now -- you won't be able to drill holes after baking, or your piece will shatter.
5. Put design shiny-side up on cookie sheet. This is contrary to what the directions in the package say, but trust me -- it will work. You don't want the Sharpie Marker writing to touch the surface of the pan or it will ruin your design.
6. Bake at 325 degrees F. for 10-15 minutes. Your pieces will curl up, but don't worry -- they'll flatten back out. If they curl up on themselves and touch, you can pull them apart and re-bake, so don't worry.
7. Take out of oven after 15 minutes, even if pieces are still warped. If you need to, allow to cool a bit, then re-bake. Pieces will flatten out.
8. Let cool completely. Add jewelery findings.
9. Wear your jewelery proudly! Accept lots of compliments, and watch for astonished faces when you tell people you made these, yourself!


A portrait of Frida Kahlo (my favorite artist), a cartouche with my name in Egyptian Heiroglyphs, and another portrait of Kahlo.

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