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« on: March 24, 2009 10:22:44 AM »

I don't particularly look it, but I'm a quarter Swedish.  This becomes most obvious when you visit my house around Christmastime, and the heart baskets, flag garlands, and tomtar come out with a vengeance.  But I haven't really attempted to craft anything new related to my Swedish ancestry...


We have a Daiso near my house (yay Daiso!) which sells small sheets of shrink plastic for $1.50 (yay cheapie craft supplies!).  After experimenting a bit with shrinkage--shrink plastic always seems to shrink more in one direction than another--I drew some Swedish heart baskets with red Sharpie marker, cut 'em out, craft-punched two strategic holes and set them in the oven to shrink.

I am not the Shrinky Dink Whisperer, so they came out less than perfect.  The bottom of one of the hearts twisted around in a way that was less than aesthetically pleasing, and I didn't work fast enough to scootch it back into place before the charms hardened for good.  So I just got out the scissors and trimmed off the offending area.  If you look closely, you can also see these earrings are not perfectly flat; there are a few pits and warbles here and there.  But overall I'm very pleased.

Next on the docket: Dala horses.

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« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2009 11:06:28 AM »

Well, I have to comment on these. I think they're very cute and they do send you thoughts to christmas. My mum was very traditional when it came to decorating the tree. There had to be paperbaskets for nuts (the hearts) and "smllkarameller", wich basically didn't pop at all but contained a homemade candy. They had to have folded thin paper wich mum called "krusat" and a bookmark with an angel or a tomte.
I try to honour her memory by having that in my tree aswell, even though I now decorate my tree mainly with japanese toys. Smiley
Nice to hear that you keep the traditions from "the old country" alive.

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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2009 05:42:12 PM »

What a thoughtful way to wear your heritage!  They turned out pretty good.  I'd definitely wear 'em, they're funky!

« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2009 07:00:54 PM »

Oh dear.  Christmas with the Swedes....Horses and goats, and so many candles you think the house is on fire....And glug.  I love these earrings!
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2009 10:45:04 AM »

I think these look great! For next time, I'm pretty sure you can put the shrinkies back in the oven if they don't flatten, let them get soft again, (it will take less than a minute I'd say) and then pull them out and quickly press them in a book.
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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2009 04:19:51 PM »

I was wondering how you got them to look like that - I'm not sure I would have thought of sharpie.  I'd probably be trying to cut and fold and piece them together.  They are adorable.
Yes, you can reheat shrink plastic to flatten it out.

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