Crafternoon How-To: Chic Shrinkie jewellery

I LOVE TATTY DEVINE JEWELLERY – I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT!  But my bank balance doesn’t…. (not too often anyway).  What I love about Tatty (first name terms – your point being?) is the fact that’s it’s colourful, eye-catching and really unusual and playful.  So I wondered if I could find a way to make something that had those qualities without the price tag.  Enter shrinkie plastic!  This material is mainly used for kids crafts (although I have come across some amazing artists/jewellery makers who utilise it in a really interesting way to create illustrated jewellery pieces).  The way it works is that you can cut out shapes from the original shrinkie paper, and draw onto them if you want, and then you put it into the oven for a few minutes where it shrinks to around a fifth of the size and hardens like plastic.  I bought some sheets in bright colours and decided to have a go at creating a colourful bunting necklace.

You Will Need

  • Sheets of shrinkie plastic
  • scissors
  • pencil and ruler
  • an oven!
  • hole punch
  • jump rings
  • jewellery pliers
  • chain
  • lobster clasp

shrinkie plastic

Step One: Cut It Up

Make a triangle template (or whatever shape you want your bunting to be) and then draw around this onto the rough side of your shrinkie sheets in pencil.  Cut out your pieces.

shrinkie plastic bright

Step Two; Punch It

Because we want to be able to add jewellery fixings the plastic pieces need holes in them.  Once hardened it’s much harder work to add holes so make your life easy and use a hole punch to add a hole in the two top corners of each piece.

jewellery making shrinkie plastic

Step Three: Shrink it!

Pre-heat your oven to 175 degrees.  Lay your pieces out on tin foil on a baking tray.  Once the oven is hot put them in and bake for a couple of minutes or until they lie flat.  Take them out of the oven (be careful – they’re hot!) immediately tip them onto your work surface and use something heavy to flatten them: bread/chopping boards are perfect for this.

baking shrinkies

shrinkie plastic jewellery pieces

Step Four: Construct It

Time to put it all together – use jump rings to join the bunting pieces and on either end.  Then add chain to make the necklace the length you want and finally add a lobster clasp and jump ring at the end of the chain to secure!



DIY shrinkie bunting necklace crafternoon cabaret club


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