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« on: September 13, 2006 05:19:15 PM »

Calling all jewelry makers - this long time jewelry lurker needs your help!

So I recently had this idea to make rings out of shrinky dink plastic.  I've been really enjoying it, and I think they're cool.  They're also easy to make, and I love creating designs for them.  I am planning to participate in a craft fair in October where I'll be selling stencilled shirts, but I wanted to see if I could try to sell these too.  So I need to know opinions on some stuff:

(1) Do you even like these?  I do, but I'm only one person.
(2) Would you want accessories that match?  Pendants perhaps?  Or earrings?
(3) Any creative ideas on how to make a bracelet?
(4) Other things you would put on them? - Let's share our crafty ideas!!

Any input would be GREATLY appreciated as I have no means to gauge interest or desire for this product.  I hope you all like them, but constructive criticism is as welcome as compliments.  Thanks, craftsters.    Kiss

PS - There are many more where these came from, but I didn't want to kill (or bore) you with pics.  Let me know if you'd like to see more.
PPS - Please excuse my ugly fingers.   Wink

Warning - this was before I figured out how to make them round:









Getting slightly rounder:






Round finally:



So...thoughts?
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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2006 05:22:02 PM »

I really love them all! I love non metal jewelry too, there definitely needs to be more of that.
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« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2006 05:24:17 PM »

I really like them. I would buy one, definitely, depending on the cost. I'm not gonna give you the whole "the cost depends on the time and materials" thing, but about how long does it take you to make one?
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« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2006 05:29:36 PM »

Wow!  I didn't expect anyone to respond so fast - thanks guys!!  Smiley

Teapot - thanks for the comments!

Strangerthanyou - to draw them takes me anywhere from 10-35 minutes depending on design complexity, and to bake and shape them takes less than 5.  So total process per ring is always less than an hour.
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« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2006 05:29:46 PM »

i think they're cute! how did you make them round? i'd totally buy one.
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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2006 05:35:48 PM »

I LOVE THEM especially the last one!
i would buy one!
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« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2006 05:36:12 PM »

krazigal - you know those crappy little winter gloves that you can get at the pharmacy for like $2?   I use those, different sized dowels, and a lot of quick, deft manuevering.

thanks moonlightbliss!  the last one is my favorite too!
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« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2006 05:39:27 PM »

those are really cool!!!! i would totally wear them...and...shrinky dinks are sorta expensive but it wouldnt take that much of a sheet to make a ring...how many rings can u get from one sheet???
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« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2006 05:45:31 PM »

between 6 and 8 depending on how widei make them.  some of the thumb and middlefinger rings i make pretty wide.  like this one:

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« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2006 05:57:49 PM »

so cute! i would buy one
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