Tucson based Julie Isaacs Haymaker is a full time artist whose small business is her wonderful Shrinkets line of specialty tools for making shrink plastic charms, beads and trinkets on ArtMaker58 . She also teaches through her online classes and offers kits.

Formally trained in art, Julie explained on her website she gravitated to mixed media work after losing her husband when he was just 44 from a rare cancer.  She said :
Making art is my saving grace.

Shrink plastic is similar to polymer clay in that both are superb for artful creations.  Julie went further with the development of her Shrinkets to help others come up with unique designs. You can also recycle plastic food containers which are labelled #6.

She has SVG templates for cutting out many different kinds of shapes on electronic die cutters like the Cricut or the Silhouette. Her tools though are what caught my attention. They are specifically made to easily create 3D forms from shrink plastic before it cools.  This increases the possibilities beyond flat designs. 

Also check out Julie's other offerings for making folk art dolls!

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Original Post by THE BEADING GEM