I am going to start this post by wishing my brother Drew a HAPPY 30th! Today is his big day. He's the baby in the family...so I have to make a big deal out of this birthday!!!
When I created Garden of Life I wanted a set with lots of potential. As you follow me this week you will "see" what I mean.
What you will need
1) Polyshrink/shrinky dink is one of my all time favourite things to craft with. If you have never used this product you should know that it comes in thin flexible sheets. Once heated, it shrinks approximately 45-50% and becomes thick and strong. Read more about it HERE.
I bought some polyshrink from a LSS as well as shrinky dink from Michaels here in Canada. It comes in a variety of colours including: brown, white, translucent, clear, and black. I have spoken to a few of my US friends who recommend Lucky Squirrel Products, as an online source. You might also check Michaels (or other source) in the US. For the International visitors, you might google "Shrink Plastic" and your country and see what sources come up.
2) You will also need a sanding block (If you buy ready sanded polyshrink you don't need this block)
3) A piece of dowel (or a form of some sort--you can see mine in Step 5 below)
Are you ready for a fun project??? Something you can wear?
I began by cutting strips of polyshrink to 1x5.5 (this size may vary) using my hobby blade. You can use your paper cutter but it wares the blade quickly. To prepare my surface for stamping, I sanded it with a 320-400 grade sanding (no need to sand if pre sanded)
I stamped on my strips of polyshrink using my Palette ink. You can also use StazOn.
Using a corner rounder punch, round all four points.
PROCEED WITH CAUTION! (read ALL steps before attempting)
Set your oven to the temperature listed on your "polyshrink instructions"...mine says 350.
Place your polyshrink strip decorated side up on your cookie sheet (I have an old one JUST for crafting). Heat for 1.5-2 minutes.
It's fun to watch it heat. You'll see it start to curl and twist. Don't worry, it flips back and flattens 9.99 times out of 10.
Note: Because each type of polyshrink shrinks differently you may want to play around with a few practice pieces first. Don't worry, I had a few of those too!
This is what it looks like after shrinking.
At this stage you can take it out of the oven using a flipper and IMMEDIATELY place it around your dowel/form (you have between 10-15 seconds before it hardens again). Keep in mind that the polyshrink is going to be hot so I strongly advise you to wear gloves to protect your hands from the heat when "forming" your polyshrink.
Note: The dowel/form needs to be the right finger size. If you need help determining your ring size check out this International Ring Size site. I wear a size 6 ring so my bead container was the closest in diameter and circumference (ugh did I just you MATH terms???!!!) Also, make sure that whatever form you choose you can withstand heat since the polyshrink will be hot.
This ring is rounder than it appears in this photo *lol*
And now to the finished product!
You can see by this photo that you don't need to have a ring that wraps completely around your finger...it just has to be big enough to hold it in place. (Refer to the wildflower and rose ring below)
These beautiful rings are fabulous for all occasions. I think I will whip up a few for my friends (birthdays), for kids goody bags, for Mother's Day and more!
ink: Black Palette Ink (on the clear and white) and White StazOn (on the black)
stamps: Garden of Life (Urban Design) by PTI
tools: oven, form, sanding block
Thanks for stopping by and leaving me comments yesterday. In my usual giving spirit, I have drawn a number using the random generator and am awarding Garden of Life to guest #9 Cheryl Sims who said
I looked and looked to see which I like the best, but I can't make up my mind. First I say the rose, then the mum, and then I say, but the wildflower is really cute. Guess you have a winner there!!!
Cheryl, please send me your snail mail!!! And btw, I LOVE your answer *smiles*
...only 3 days left...be sure you tune in again tomorrow you just never know what's in store!