Shrink Art Bracelet

Supplies
Clear Shrink Plastic
Sandpaper # 77712463
1/8” Hole Punch # 77178541
Staz-On Black ink pad # 30009087
Staz-On Cleaner # 30011438
Colored Pencils # 77768382
Gold 7” Bracelet # 30002989
Gold 1½” Head Pins # 30005973
Gold 6mm jump rings # 30005967
Glass Mini Mix beads- summer mix # 30002874
Sazzy Heart 8mm Beads # 30002695
Heat It Tool # 30003773 or oven
Assorted rubber stamps

Optional: Clear acrylic varnish

Note: The rubberstamps used in the sample are the small bear series from Darcie’s Stamps.

Directions
Prepare the shrink art plastic by scuffing the surface with the sandpaper. This will allow the shrink plastic to absorb more of the inks and other mediums. Use the sandpaper on both sides. Wipe off the dust with a paper towel.

Choose your stamps and remember that they shrink to about 45% of the original size. Ink your stamps with the black Staz-on ink. Carefully stamp design onto the shrink plastic. Let dry, blotting with a paper towel if necessary. Stamp at least 6-8 pieces. Color in design with the colored pencils. For a more vibrant look, color both sides of the design.

Carefully cut out the design from the shrink plastic sheet, leaving a border of about 1/8” around the design. Leave a larger space at the top of the design to punch the hole in it. Use the 1/8” hole punch to make a hole at the top of the design.

Shrink the plastic following the manufacturer’s directions. You can pace the pieces in an oven or use the Heat-it embossing gun tool. If using the Heat-it tool, use a skewer or chopstick to help hold the piece down while shrinking. Optional: Brush on a coat of clear acrylic varnish onto the colored shrink plastic charms. Let dry.

After you shrink all of your pieces, it is time to assemble your bracelet. Lay the bracelet down and place the shrink plastic pieces along the links, evenly spaced. Slip jump rings onto the hole of each shrink plastic charm and attach to the bracelet links.

Add beads in between the shrink plastic charms. Place a small glass bead onto a head pin. Next place a Sazzy heart bead and then another small glass bead. Use the jewelry pliers to form a loop at the top of the bead stack and attach to the bracelet links. Cut off excess wire from the head pin. Add as many bead dangles onto your bracelet as you desire.

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