Sunday, June 2, 2013

Hello Custom Acrylic Word Necklace with Shrinky Dinks!

Custom made Acrylic Necklaces are all the rage...
but unless of course you have a 3D printer, laser cutter or want to 
spend much more than $ thirty...which I never
they are a little out of attain...right up until NOW!
 Say Howdy to the Do-it-yourself version--for Low-cost!
(These were created with stuff I had on hand...really like hoarding!)
If you have to acquire the supplies, they're going to cost about $ two-three each and every.
(and which is largely the spherical up some outdated necklace chains...
or use twine, yarn, matter what!)
This is what you may require:
Shrinky dinks or Shrink plastic #six. 
(A whole lot of plastic consider out containers are quantity 6...
just look for the image on the base and they will function for this undertaking!)
Sharpies, Markers or coloured pencils
scissors, x-acto knife
Bounce rings, jewelry chain, pliers...
and the phrase you want to immortalize.

We chose Hi there:
You can save this off and use it...or do your own phrase/name.
 We printed out the hello at 300% of what we
 wanted the concluded task to measure.
It shrinks practically 200%...maintain that in head.
So, the hello calculated about 6 inches vast...
they completed at 2 one/four" broad.

Trace your phrase onto the shrink plastic on the rough aspect...
for the yellow howdy, we traced it the identical direction...
we reversed the phrase for the blue a single.
This is all based on choice, they both look amazing!

On the blue one, we produced little bumps on
the sides for hole punching also...
entirely base yours off of desire and if your word has ample loops...

See the distinction?
If I was doing this with some tweens,
I would go with the simple route and do it the proper route.

Punch holes, if you require to.
Make sure they are even bigger than just one gap punch, they shrink really a bit!

Now color them!
Making use of markers or coloured pencils.
Sharpies operate Fantastic could do a silver or gold one...or neon!
I utilised copic markers and blended shades to look ombre.
This one in blues...

 This a single in yellows!
Keep in mind to shade on the tough facet of the plastic.
If you are making use of recycled goods...perhaps tough it
up marginally with some sand paper very first.

 Once they are coloured, area them tough/coloured facet up
on a baking sheet.
Oven should be at 350*

This is the uber exciting and uber frightening portion!
It really is so exciting to watch the plastic soften...but frightening...
I usually fret that it wont function!
It will soften, and get started to curl up...then it will flatten again out.
After it flattened out, the words were stretched out a tiny bizarre...
so I utilised a tiny spatula and straightened out the letters yet again
(previous image of the sequence)
Observe it however, it only will take 2-three minutes for the whole process.
 Then remove from oven and enable them great, about three minutes.
 Here's the very good old size comparison to how large we began with them.
 Now they are thick hard plastic!  Just like these acrylic ones!  yay!
Now to flip them into eye catching necklaces:
You will require your chain, clasps (for a choker), and jump rings...
as effectively as your pliers.

 My limited necklace is sixteen inches lengthy.
I hooked the jump ring on one seven.five" chain, and the lobster clasp on the other.

 Then used the other end to hook on to my howdy with leap rings!

For the yellow a single, I acquired chain prolonged adequate to go close to my
 head and just used leap rings to hook into the h and the o!
Less difficult!
You can make a necklace screen like this one way too!

Do you at any time compose or say the identical word more than and in excess of...
then it appears and seems to be strange and you truly feel like you
spelled it mistaken?...I am experience that with this hi.
These would be so darling as small stocking stuffers,
presents for friends, grandkids...birthday celebration crafts for tweens and teenagers!
You could do LOL, YOLO or some inside of joke phrase word! 

I definitely Love personalised presents!  :)

You could make them into a lapel pin too!

Linking up to THESE get-togethers this week!


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