Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Come and make earrings with me out of printable shrinky dink plastic!

 Come and make earrings with me!

I am so excited, I figured out how to make earrings of anything I want.  I am especially excited to make earrings out of pics of my vintage VWs.  This opens the door to make earrings out of my pets, my husband, any picture I would like!

Items you will need:

  • Ink Jet Shrink Film found on Amazon here
  • Earring studs with backs found here
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Versamark ink pad
  • Heat gun
  • Ink Jet printer
  • Scissors or a cutting machine to cut them out

I used my cameo to design, print, and cut out the images below.
You can print from a printer and cut them out with scissors as well.  You can print on either side of the paper.  If you want a matching necklace or dangling earrings, don't forget to add a hole.


I used a flat cookie sheet and placed the shrinky dinks on some wax paper.  I preheated the over to 250 and put them in until they were shrunk and flat.


They will curl during the process just let them keep shrinking and they will flatten out.


Once out of the oven, I put another piece of wax paper over the pieces and use a flat pan to push down on them to ensure they stay flat.  I leave the glass pan there until they are cool to keep them flat.  (don't mind the old nasty glass pan)


Glue the earring backs on with the Gorilla Glue or E6000 would work as well.  I let them dry overnight.


I decided to seal them so that they would last.  I sealed them with clear embossing powder by first inking them up with the VersaMark in pad, sprinkling the embossing powder on and using my heat gun to emboss the image.  Instead of using a heat gun, I noticed some people were putting the embossing powder covered shrinky dinks back into the oven and that seemed to melt the embossing powder if you do not own a heat gun.


This is what the earring looks like after embossing, its slightly shiny and protected from any scuffs.

All done!



Below I wanted to show the difference between regular shrinky dink paper and the ink jet printable paper I used.  As you can see the regular shrinky dink paper was more clear and did not perform to my expectations.


I hope you enjoyed making earrings with me!  If you have any tips, let me know!  

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