This shrink plastic pins tutorial is pretty cool – I added a topper – RESIN! It adds a nice, shiny, polished look to your final pieces. They will have a nice domed finish, making them even more irresistible! I made earrings as well as pins. I was inspired because Grafix Arts sent me a package of goodies to try out!
You can click on the title to see my list or just read it below, you may already have some of these supplies!
Clear shrink plastic sheet
Scissors, black permanent marker
Colored pencils or markers
Hole punch and clutch pins and/or earring hooks, jump rings
2-part resin, mixing cup and stirrer
Heat gun (also known as an embossing gun)
I made all the shrink plastic pieces and shrunk them down (watch the video to see), and I was about to add a brush on gloss varnish, but you know, I knew it wouldn’t be dimensional the way I wanted. So I opted for my beloved resin.To make shrink plastic pins or earrings:
Cut a sheet of the shrink plastic in quarters, this is you want pieces that will end up about 2-1/2″ in size. Cut your shapes and use the black pen to draw your outlines, then fill in with colored pencil or marker.
To shrink: You can read the package directions to make in the oven or use a heat gun. Don’t forget to use a hole punch before you shrink your work, but even if you forget, it’s okay. You can use a handheld rotary device.
Mix the two-parts in a plastic cup with a stirrer. Let set for eight minutes to release the gas bubbles. Line your work area with wax paper. Use a chopstick to carefully add a drop of resin to the top of each piece. Move it around with the stick.
Let your pieces set for at least eight-hours until the resin is fully cured. Remove from the wax paper and use small scissors to trim away any excess resin that spilled over. Drill through the holes if needed. I used e6000 to trim the above set of earrings with crystal trim.
Add some e6000 and attach the clutch pin to the backs of your pieces. Or add the jewelry findings if you made earrings. As a final touch, I used a silver paint pen to outline the edges.
I love the silver pen, it’s permanent and really adds a nice, finish to the overall look! I hope you liked my shrink plastic pins! And thank you to Grafix Arts for the awesome samples, I’m excited to see what else I can make!
And I want to see what you make!