Make yourself or your sweetheart a pair of cute-cupid shrink plastic earrings!
What you need:
My cute cupid artwork provided for personal use only
printable shrinky dink plastic for ink jet printers
an ink jet printer
jewelry findings: jumprings & earwires
jewelry pliers or needle nose pliers to open jumprings
lacquer (not necessary, but recommended)
I was inspired to make some valentine earrings & since it's all about the love, I thought I'd share this with y'all if you'd like to make them for yourself, a friend, or a sweetheart.
Here is the ready to print artwork of my cupids (printable file here
). I drew one in my sketchbook & scanned it into the computer to work with. You can see I made a mirror image so they aren't flying the same direction. The color looks washed out here because I decreased the opacity by about 40% so once they shrink, they won't get too dark or muddy looking.
This is the brand of shrink plastic I used:
Cut out the cupids & be sure to leave a little bit of white around all the edges.
Punch a hole for hanging before you shrink them...and it saves you having to drill one later.
Now they're ready to shrink!
Preheat your oven according to the shrink plastic instructions. I used my toaster oven at 275 because there is less air flow & I've had much better experiences shrinking plastic in it rather than my large oven.
Place your pieces to shrink on a tray covered with paper. This is just as I put them in the oven.
This is what they looked like after shrinking:
They do darken up quite a bit.
Once they've cooled to the touch, you can give them a protective coating of clear lacquer to protect the ink.
Add the jumprings & ear wires:
I used two jumprings so that the earrings will hang straight:
Now you're all set to rock your super fun cupid earrings or give them as a gift!