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1  Recycled #6 plastic charms in What the heck can I do with THIS? by Paper Tart on: November 15, 2008 12:45:07 PM
I made these from #6 plastic containers.

I posted a mini tutorial over on the charms and trinkets board https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=278698.msg3153788#msg3153788

And a longer one on my blog http://papertart.blogspot.com/2008/11/how-to-make-plastic-shrink-charms-from.html

Yay for Recrafting!
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2  Recycled Plastic Shrink Charms - with Tutorial in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Paper Tart on: November 15, 2008 12:29:58 PM
I've been inspired by Craftster for a long time and thought I should really contribute something - let me know what you think!

These are made with panels from #6 plastic containers - these are the containers that things like berries or deli items come in. There will be a little 6 in the Recycle triangle thingy - so you know you got the right type. Take it from me #1 doesn't work.
To start, you take your container and cut out the top and bottom. I tried using the sides and they warped really unpredictably - so I don't recommend using them. Clean the pieces of plastic and remove any labels - use rubbing alcohol and a soft cloth to get the sticky residue off.

Using a permanent fine point marker like a sharpie draw your design onto the the plastic. I just traced an image out of a clipart book. Remember to keep your design fairly simple so that you can still tell what it is when it's tiny!

Sand the back of the image with a fine grit sandpaper. Make your sanding scratches in all different directions so it is nice and even and frosty looking. Then use colored pencils to color your image. Next, trim out your design to whatever shape and punch holes if you are going to use is as a charm. I used a 3/16" punch and it made a hole just big enough for an embroidery needle or jump ring to go through.

Shrink it! I used my embossing gun to shrink these (but you can also use an oven). Make sure the surface you are working on won't get damaged by the heat gun. Delicately hold your piece with a wooden skewer or some other long handled non-meltable implement so it doesn't blow away while you're shrinking. Keep the heat gun moving around and try to heat the entire piece evenly.  Once it stops shrinking, let it cool and seal it. I used a gloss varnish for oil paintings - but you can use whatever you like. Just make sure it doesn't dissolve or smudge the pencils and marker before you apply it!

I also posted a tutorial on my blog with more photos http://papertart.blogspot.com/2008/11/how-to-make-plastic-shrink-charms-from.html

Now go dig through your trash (or recycle bin) and make stuff.  Smiley
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3  Re: Shop the Swap - Round 7 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Paper Tart on: October 07, 2007 03:56:52 PM
Shop is Open!

Paper Tart's

Shop of Oddments and Curiosities
All pieces made in a non-smoking environment and inspected by 2 curious cats

Next we have a completely useless book (1 point) - so I like to call it sculpture.
This is an accordion style book whose pages have been folded in various ways. The paper is butcher paper that has been painted and decorated on the front and back. Measures about 15" x 8" when closed.

and when opened one way it looks like this

but when you open it the other way it looks like this

CD Holders made from a record (.5 point) Just like a record bowl but folded up to hold 4 or 5 Cd's in their cases. Also good for holding greeting cards.
There are 10 of these available. You must either order 2 or get another .5 point item from my shop at the time you place your claim - only whole point claims please. 1 sold 9 more to go!

here it is in action:

Jacob's Ladder (2 points) - Classic child's toy. Made with heavy chipboard covered in Origami paper and bound using grosgrain ribbon.
Each Board is about 3" x 2" each ladder has 8 sections.
3 Available - Left multi-color, center various red origami patterns, right pretty pastels.


Cute little cigar style box (1 point) covered in olive green book cloth with a plexi glass top. This was my first attempt at making one of these so the top is a little small and the border around the plexi is a little sloppy. But maybe it can find a home where it isn't so harshly criticized.  Measures 5" x 3" and is about 2" deep.
with the top closed:

with the top opened:

Piano Hinge Binding Book (1 point) This is the book on the left in the 2 pics below. Measures 7"x 7" and has 4 double sided pages (8 sides all together). The pages are duplex card stock blue on the outside and off-white on the inside.

Sold!Soft cover Pamphlet Book (.5 point) This is the book on the right in the 2 pics below. Very simple hand sewn pamphlet with about 16 pages is about 4" x 5". The cover is just a folded sheet of paste paper that the text block can be slipped out of. You must order another .5 point item from my shop at the time you place your claim - only whole point claims please.

Chip Board Box with tumbled pottery shard (1point) 3" x 3" x 3" hand constructed chipboard box. Joints are reinforced with black paper strips. Pottery shard has been tumbled in a rock tumber and tied and glued on to the top of the box.
closed view:

opened view:

starting points: 3
available points: 1
pending points: 3
Items claimed from me (sold):
kitschkween - Triptych photo (1)
DropDeadSuzie - Black Border Skeleton Prints (1)
Atsuko - skeleton Prints (2)
Nosusanfx - skeleton prints (1)
lasandri - skeleton prints (1)
sewknitter - altered photo album (1)
loves2experiment - softcover blank book (1)
Ptarmic Wumpus - Beaded Mouth (1)
Pia_77 to papertart - green accordion book (1)
misslilamae - Box with Rock (1) Accordiaon Book (1) Pamphlet Book (.5) Record CD holder(.5)

Items I have claimed (bought):
Psyche - overly aggressive comic wallet (1)
Kitschkween - Chinese food bracelet & Sugar skull earrings (2)
atsuko to papertart - Bat & Bones (2)
wwrich to papertart - monster purse (3)
gatsby girl to paper tart  - fold your own boxes set of 3 (1 point)
gatsby girl to paper tart - set (10) of notecards (1 point)
sewknitter to paper tart - felting kit (2 points)
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4  Re: Pictures of craft fair setup - Please post! in Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs by Paper Tart on: November 12, 2006 04:19:46 PM
Thanks for all of the wonderful ideas and pictures. I just started selling my wares at the local Farmer's Market here in Bellingham, Washington and all of the fabulous advice and info I found here on craftster really helped me to be totally prepared! Here are some pics of the display I came up with.

I used a 4 foot folding table covered with an old seventies table cloth and a 5 foot ladder with shelves placed across the steps. It is really sturdy and very easy to set-up and take down.

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