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Beautiful Shrink Plastic Gingko Leaf Earrings Tutorial

This beautiful gingko leaf earrings tutorial (no longer available) by Stephanie of wellnesting is a marvelous example of how you can use ordinary shrink plastic and come up with something so striking.

She drew the design about 3 times bigger than what she wanted as the plastic will shrink down.  I like how she also used a metallic gold leaf kit to add that dash of glamor.

She used a fine point Sakura Pigma Micron pen such as this set.  The high quality artist marker pen is way superior to the typical fine point marker pen.

You can use a popular brand like Shrinky Dinks -the pre-frosted kind or sanding the clear kind. This stops inks from smearing.  You can use recycled plastic #6 - the clear kind used as food containers. But  I recommend you use shrink plastic because they provide proper instructions and the right low-ish temperatures you should be using.

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  1. This is a material I never thought about using before, but now I kind of want to try it (I'll add it to the list of things for my future craft room, where I plan to have both a low-temp toaster oven and a kiln, because I doubt my husband wants me doing this in the oven).

    1. A toaster oven is definitely very useful - not just for shrink plastic but polymer clay. It is much more convenient to have the ovens in your craft room where you are crafting!!

  2. These are wonderful, Pearl! How did she adhere the metal leaf to the shrink plastic? And did she do so before or after shrinking the plastic? Thanks very much!

    1. After shrinking. She applied a little glue to the areas where she wanted the gold. Then she applied the gold flakes.

  3. These are so beautiful! Unfortunately, the link to the tutorial no longer works. Would there be another link to view this?


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