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Topic: Valentine Earrings Craftalong with Shrink Plastic Cupids  (Read 2885 times)
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« on: February 04, 2014 08:31:41 AM »

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
scissors
hole punch
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. Wink


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!

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« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2014 08:34:39 AM »

Awesome!  Love them.
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« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2014 08:46:20 AM »

I.need.these!  I must first locate my shrink plastic. Cheesy

These would be so cute attached to the corner of Valentine cards, too!

Thank you, thank you!
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« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2014 12:03:46 PM »

Such a sweet idea for Valentine's day. Can't get over how vibrant and deep the color came out. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2014 07:54:25 AM »

It's really quite surprising to see how much richer the color becomes in the shrinking process! I learned the hard way at first through trial & error & hope to help folks through this tutorial. You really have to lighten your printable 40-60% for the pieces to not turn out too dark.  Wink
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