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1  Re: Shrink Plastic Portrait Insanity (img heavy) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by nessarose on: April 22, 2007 05:23:06 PM
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Would you care to share how you make them? I know nothing about shrinking plastic and I'd love to know how it's done!

Sure, but i don't have anything that I do that's unusual, I don't think.  Basically, I do a drawing from a photo or a friend's dog, or whatever, and then I trace that drawing onto the shrink plastic, using the finest tip sharpee I can find.  A couple of tips that do help me--when you bake them, use a piece of chipboard (or just the cardboard back of a legal pad) as your tray.   I also let the chipboard warm up with the oven (350), so that it's already warm when you put the plastic in (rough side up).  All of this should keep your pieces from sticking to the tray, and should ensure that they come out flat as a pancake.

If you have an embossing heat tool, then you've got more options.  If you have spots on the shiny side, you can heat it up to smooth it out.  Or, you can heat the plastic (already cooked) and then press a stamp into it, for an intaglio look (like in this zebra pendant). 

And you can also use the heat tool to shape the pieces, if you want a domed effect or something like that--just put it on top of the shape you want (like a wooden ball) and heat it until it slumps into shape.

And that's about it!  Shocked)  Let me know if anything doesn't make sense.
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2  Shrink Plastic Portrait Insanity (img heavy) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by nessarose on: April 21, 2007 02:39:37 PM
I've been making lots and lots of animal portrait necklaces in shrink plastic (just plain old Shrinky-Dinks), and I felt it was time to share.  They're each just done in Sharpee:







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3  Tiny Wee Sadsacks in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by nessarose on: April 02, 2007 03:15:06 PM
I've been really, really into making tiny little critters lately, so I gathered them together and gave them a name--the Sadsacks.  They're a sad-looking little bunch, i must admit, but they make me happy.   Smiley  I threw a coin in to give a sense of scale--they range from about 1/2" to just under 1".


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4  Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? in Selling Crafts on Etsy.com by nessarose on: March 04, 2007 01:12:35 PM
I must be feeling spring, too, since I just made and posted these:



They're the first earrings I've ever posted. :::fingers crossed:::
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5  Felted sock monkey in Felting: Completed Projects by nessarose on: February 26, 2007 11:16:09 AM
I had this roving mix that reminded me of the color of a red heel sock, so I took a shot at this:


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6  Peanut people-UPDATED in Felting: Completed Projects by nessarose on: February 17, 2007 09:22:26 PM
And now they've sprouted a third:



I think there might be something wrong with me, because every time I start a new needle felting project, I think "this time I'm not going to make a miniature..." and then I end up with these:



They're little dolls that are inspired by the supercute Unazukin nesting dolls.  The larger, pink one is exactly 1 inch, and the little yellow one is about a half inch.  I'm planning to go even nuttier and and make an even smaller one to comlete the nesting feel.   Cheesy
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7  Yet more bears in Felting: Completed Projects by nessarose on: February 05, 2007 12:31:37 AM
Since i don't seem to be able to put down the needle lately, I thought I'd share some what I've done in the last week or so:







Ta da!   Cheesy
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8  Re: come one! come all! post pics of your tattoos! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by nessarose on: February 01, 2007 08:14:11 PM
I did something I probably shouldn't have done last night and got a tattoo completely on a whim--my others have been carefully researched and planned.  There was an occasion I wanted to mark, so I randomly walked into a little shop here in NYC and came out half an hour later with this:



I love it!
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9  Sweetpea, a tiny dragon in Felting: Completed Projects by nessarose on: February 01, 2007 07:42:54 PM
I've been going crazy making bears, bears, bears lately, but here's my first non-bear design, a dragon, Sweetpea. I think he's the smallest guy I've made so far, too--only 1 1/8" standing...


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10  Re: The Art of Makeup in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by nessarose on: January 22, 2007 09:11:33 AM
Oh, wow, I had no idea this thread existed!  Now I have a place to post the goofy pictures I take of my make-up looks.   Cheesy

For example:

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