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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Shrinky Dinks Jewelry: DIY Puzzle Necklace

I saw these cute puzzle necklaces on anthropologie.com:

What a great take on the best friends necklace! Here's our version made with Shrinky Dinks, plastic that you can shrink. You can get a package of 10 sheets for about $5 at Michaels.

Shrinky Dinks paper
Colored pencils
Hole punch
Chain or string

Step 1: Find two pieces that fit together.

Step 2: Trace the pieces on the dull side of paper.

Step 3: Decorate with colored pencils.
(That's Chloe's design!)

Step 4: Cut out.

Step 5: Punch hole. Note: Hole will shrink, too!

Step 6: Lay on paper-bag lined oven tray.
Fold one corner for handy removal later.

Step 7: Shrink in 325-degree oven for 1 to 3 mins.
These 4" pieces took 3 mins.

Hee-hee, looks so funny!

Step 8: Press with casserole dish to prevent curling.

Step 9: Attach to chain.
Some tips:
Use a sharp or mechanical pencil to trace. A medium-point Sharpie is too thick and results in the puzzle pieces not fitting together properly. You can always go back and outline with a Sharpie if you like.

Phoebe's first attempt: whoops!

If you want to write something on the pieces, write it backwards, as the dull side of the paper is the bottom. Note: The artist originally wanted "Friends Forever" (see following photo) but wrote the words on the wrong pieces. I like "Forever Friends" better anyway--less overused.

By Lian: she made the colors match up--so smart!

The Shrinky Dink package indicates that you can expect the plastic to shrink about 1/3 of its original size. We found that a large 4" puzzle piece shrank to about 1-1/2", which we put on a 16" chain. The only drawback to the larger size is that it's more likely to curl. You can try heating it up again and smashing it flat.

The smaller puzzle piece (2-1/2") formed a thicker pendant that suits smaller necks, 14" chain. Also, the hole to pendant ratio seemed more appropriate.

By Halle: Rainbow & Dots

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