Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk!: Make Stylish Shrink Plastic Jewelry

Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk!: Make Stylish Shrink Plastic Jewelry

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by Kathy Sheldon
     
 

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Fast, fresh, and fun shrink plastic jewelry! Popular with kids for decades, shrink plastic is back and all grown up as an exciting trend in jewelry making. You can now buy many types of shrink plastic in craft stores and online. Best-selling craft author Kathy Sheldon teaches you to draw, color, stamp, and even print designs and photos onto the plastic, cut or

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Fast, fresh, and fun shrink plastic jewelry! Popular with kids for decades, shrink plastic is back and all grown up as an exciting trend in jewelry making. You can now buy many types of shrink plastic in craft stores and online. Best-selling craft author Kathy Sheldon teaches you to draw, color, stamp, and even print designs and photos onto the plastic, cut or punch it into various shapes, and then shrink it in an oven, toaster oven, or with a heat gun. Add some basic findings, such as jump rings or ear wires, to make your own stylish jewelry. Sixteen leading jewelry designers and crafters present instructions for more than 30 gorgeous and inspiring projects-from fantastic necklaces and bracelets to stylish brooches and rings-so you can take shrink plastic to a whole new level! With bonus doodles from Aimee Ray and 15 pages filled with graphics to trace or print right onto your shrink plastic!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Children of the 1970s and '80s may remember Shrinky Dinks--preprinted pieces of shrink plastic to color and cut out. Modern shrink plastic comes in a variety of finishes, and some plastics can be imprinted with an inkjet printer, but the preparation is the same: color, cut out, and bake until the plastic shrinks. Standout projects include whimsical paper-airplane earrings, a Liberty-esque floral-print earring and necklace set, and several minimalist pendant projects that resemble glass, rather than shrink plastic. VERDICT: Gen X crafters will be intrigued by the retro raw materials, but the projects highlight all of the possibilities of shrink plastic. The pieces are eye-catching and bear little resemblance to the Shrinky Dinks of yore." --Library Journal
 
“Clearly written, beautifully illustrated, clear, concise and I have to admit that I am planning to give several of the suggested projects a whirl because they are 'that' nice looking. I guess my comment would be 'this is not your grandmother's--or mother's--shrink plastic art.' The projects that are presented, designed by some really excellent artists, are things that will catch your eye as well as your imagination. You'll find all necessary information about what supplies you will need, none of which are very costly. It's a really fun book, filled with really nice projects that will be sure to please any crafty gal or guy. With adult supervision and assistance, I think that older kids can join in the fun with you, too.” --Marie Z. Johansen, Books by the Willow Tree
 
“I was totally surprised. Happily surprised! This book written by Kathy Sheldon makes me want to go out and buy some shrink plastic. Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk! is a fabulous book for so many reasons. Kathy has a fun and energetic writing skill. From cover to cover Kathy explains each step and then allows you to add your own touches. If you have ever wanted to use shrink plastic, then this book is for you. Kathy accomplishes what a true craft book writer is supposed to do: inspire her reader” --Nicole Campanella, The Beadwright blog

 
“Kathy Sheldon will make you want to try shrink plastic again. The book covers all you need to know about shrink plastic and how to work with the medium. If you have been looking for a way to create inexpensive yet still stylish jewelry components that you can also merge into other forms of jewelry making such as wire work and beading, this is an excellent resource to consider. The book has thirty step-by-step jewelry projects, and I honestly did not see one that I did not like.” (5-star review) --About.com Jewelry Making

"I see a huge draw for this book for those who work with kids and need creative, fast but really fun stuff to use for craft projects. This is inexpensive, fairly easy and certainly doable in a time crunch. A pretty
floral bracelet, with fill-color flower variations, would brighten any mood." --Scorpio Moon Jewelry

 

Library Journal
Children of the 1970s and '80s may remember Shrinky Dinks—preprinted pieces of shrink plastic to color and cut out. Modern shrink plastic comes in a variety of finishes, and some plastics can be imprinted with an inkjet printer, but the preparation is the same: color, cut out, and bake until the plastic shrinks. Standout projects include whimsical paper-airplane earrings, a Liberty-esque floral-print earring and necklace set, and several minimalist pendant projects that resemble glass, rather than shrink plastic. VERDICT Gen X crafters will be intrigued by the retro raw materials, but the projects highlight all of the possibilities of shrink plastic. The pieces are eye-catching and bear little resemblance to the Shrinky Dinks of yore.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781454703495
Publisher:
Lark Crafts
Publication date:
10/02/2012
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,235,209
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Author and editor Kathy Sheldon loves following her hunches to find trends in that sweet spot where the online-crafting world and book-buyers meet. She developed the popular Fa la la la Felt and is co-author of the follow-up book, Heartfelt Holidays. She lives in Charleston, SC, Asheville, NC, and Windham, ME.

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Cathe-Holden More than 1 year ago
I rediscovered shrink plastic a couple of years ago and have been having so much fun crafting with it. As a Contributing Editor for Country Living magazine, my very first feature was a charm bracelet crafted from shrink plastic. As crafters and jewelry designers begin to embrace shrink plastic, we are finding that good information, current techniques and unique ideas haven't been that easy to come by. So I am really excited about the release this new book that explores not only easy, inexpensive, and beautiful accessories that can be created from shrink plastic, but also gives valuable information, great techniques, important resources (and a few fun surprises) I’ve yet to find anywhere else. The author, Kathy Sheldon, contacted me regarding a shrink plastic jewelry craft I shared on my blog and requested that I design a couple of new pieces for the book. I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of this exciting new resource for crafters and jewelry designers of all skill levels and ages with over 30 unique step-by-step projects from multiple talented designers. I was very excited to see that this title was released early on Nook so we could enjoy it now before the paperback release. Kathy’s writing style is fun, friendly and extremely clear, a perfect fit for the subject matter. Each project is beautifully photographed. You’ll be surprised at the range of jewelry styles you can create with shrink plastic from whimsical to casual to elegant. Cathe Holden JustSomethingIMade.com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago