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Shrinky Dink Craft Series: Flower Ring

I’ve been toying with Shrinky Dinks for the past few months because I wanted to release a series of Shrinky Dinky DIYs on our blog. A few weeks ago, I was hired to teach at a children’s party. During the planning stage, I proposed some crafts that are appropriate for girls from the ages of 3-12.

One of the crafts that came to mind was making Shrinky Dink* jewelry. Although this project was not picked to be included in party, I thought I’d share it here because I love how it turned out.

What you need for this project

Materials:

  • “Shrinky Dink*” type plastic from Daiso $2
  • Pack of $7 ring base from Lai Guan at People’s Park Centre
  • E600 glue
  • $10 Oven toaster from Cash Converters
  • Scissors
  • Sharpie Markers
  • Aluminium Foil
  • Baking Paper
  • Tweezer
  • Katrina Alana Flower Pattern (optional)
  • Sealants like Modge Podge, Diamond Glaze, clear embossing Powder, clear nail polish or spray acrylic sealant (optional)

Safety:

  • Work in a well-ventilated place since using a heating device and the baking process might release fumes.
  • Be careful of sharp edges. Make sure you cut or sand down any sharp corners before heating your piece so you don’t have sharp edges on your final piece.
  • Use tweezers or tongs to remove the aluminum foil so that you do not accidentally touch any hot surfaces.
  • Get a cheap oven toaster on sale to use for your crafts. We prefer to keep our craft materials and equipment separate from items we use for food preparation.

Steps:

  1. Draw your design on the Shrinky Dink plastic. I used Sharpie markers to trace my design on the shrink plastic.
  2. Place your template underneath the shrink place and trace or make a free-hand design

  3. Line the tray with crumpled aluminium foil.
  4. Before baking

  5. Bake the Shrinky Dink in an oven toaster according to the instructions of the manufacturer. The plastic will twist and warp as it shrinks.

    The plastic will move and warp as it is shrinking.

    You can take the piece out once the plastic stops warping and it has reduced to about 40% of the original size.

  6. After baking it shrinks to less than 40% of it’s original size

  7. Take out the shrunken piece using a pair of tweezers.
  8. Use tweezers to remove the shrunken plastic to avoid marking the design or getting burns

  9. Place the ring that is lined with baking paper on both sides in the middle of a heavy book to flatten it.
  10. Line the shrunken piece with baking paper and use a heavy book to flatten it

  11. Take out the ring after a minute and wait for it to cool completely before handling it with your hands.
  12. This step is optional. You can use a sealant and coat the surface of the ring so that the design does not get scratched off easily. Make sure that the sealant that you use is non-toxic. I did not seal my ring because I like the matte texture and I am still testing different types of sealants.
  13. Attach the Shrinky Dink piece to the ring base using a bit of E600 glue.

Finished piece

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and if you decide to make a ring using this tutorial, we would love to see a photo of your ring or hashtag us #katrinaalana. *Shrinky Dink is a brand of shrink plastic. We are not using the Shrinky Dink brand of plastic however since the company name / product is more well-known than the material, we refer to Shrinky Dink as shrink plastic.

Guest Post: DIY Washi Tape Silhouette Portrait

I love washi tape. They just make everything instantly pretty. Washi Tape + Silhouette = You own artwork.

This is a great project and it will only take you an hour to complete. Check out our guest post at Lloralye on the detailed steps on how to make your own Washi Tape Silhouette Portrait.

NOTE: Lloralye has changed her blog. Please click here to go to her new blog Seams Unbiased.

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Photo Editing with FotoFuze

Having great photos is key in online selling. Most sellers will use natural light with a white background or a light box then process the photos in a photo editing software. I discovered FotoFuze when I was browsing through the Etsy Apps section and decided to give it a try. I have some photos I used with my homemade lightbox that I wanted to try editing them with this software.

Edited Photo: Even better with FotoFuze

You can sign up with FotoFuze using your Etsy account or through your email. A video will pop-up and I suggest you watch it so you can see the tips on how to use the system.

I tried FotoFuze with one of my processed photo to see how it performed. I must say I was pretty amazed at how easy FotoFuze was to use and I liked the results. You just need to use this highlighting tool and highlight the main object as well as the shadow then you can click on the Finish button and  you’re done.

Highlight the Main Object and the Shadow

You need to upload the photos into the site. You don’t have to wait too long however if you want to upload really fast you can resize the photo to  a smaller resolution before uploading them.

Unedited Photo: Brighter White Background

Unedited Photo: Looks Professionally Edited

Overall, I would say that FotoFuze is a great and easy to use tool. It’s easy to sign up and it’s free. You can donate to the developers through the site via Jungl. Half of your donation goes to the charity of your choice. I highly recommend FotoFuze.

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Japanese Gift Wrapping

Wrapping gifts in fabric is called Furoshiki. This Japanese style of gift wrapping encourages recycling and reuse. You can just use any cloth that you have to wrap a present and its looks pretty as well.

You check this tutorial from giverslog by AmberLee who is a California mom, chocolate maker, and country girl. GiversLog is her avenue to catalog all her projects and other things she adores. Visit her blog for more details on this tutorial.

{ Photo: giverslog }

The Japanese government has also published a nice guide on “How to Use Furoshiki” at Ministry of the Environment.

{ Photo: Ministry of the Environment }

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Polymer Gift Tags by Poppytalk

This tutorial from Poppytalk is so cool. You can make your own polymer gift tags. I can just imagine making the tags for a special occasion like a wedding where you can make a small plate with the couple’s wedding details and turn it into a ring holder.

{Photos: Poppytalk}

You can get the metal stamping alphabets at specialty stores  like EviesToolEmporium.