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
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.|
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|