A few years ago I was admiring the broach a co-worker was wearing, and she shared that she had made it herself – with shrink plastic! Even as a kid I don’t remember playing with ‘shrinky-dinks’ though I remember them… but it got me thinking. Of course, all of the cool shrink plastic projects on Pinterest and finished items for sale on Etsy didn’t hurt…
I wanted to try it too!
Unfortunately, I had a REALLY hard time finding shrink plastic that wasn’t pre-printed with kid-centric designs. I tried the #6 plastic option instead (and still have a drawer full of take-out containers!) but the pieces just weren’t large enough for some of the things I had in mind. (Considering shrink plastic shrinks down to about half to 1/3 the size of the original.)
I finally found some shrink plastic at an art supply store (and have since seen some in my local craft store too) which means when I had the chance to mix my desire to play with this material and had some designs in mind to shrink up… I got to have some fun!
In the next few posts I’ll share some of the individual projects with you… so stay tuned!
Do you have any cool shrink plastic sources of inspiration? Share some links in the comment section below!
I love this stuff! I have used it for all kinds of things.
What have you made with it? I think it’s fun.. but I’m trying to think of what I could use it for that would make a lot of sense and would be a good use of the material…
Mostly just little pins and stuff never much fancy. I never thought about using it for costuming.