Monday, 5 April 2021

A Shrink plastic key ring for Bee Crafty


 Hi there!

I thought I would share a bit of shrink plastic with you today. It is something that has been around for a long time, but it seems to be one of those things that you don't see much of it unless you seek it out. I thought I would show you how to make a simple key ring, and let you know a bit more about it. 

Shrink plastic comes in several different sorts. You can get clear, frosted, black and white. If you wish to colour on it you can sand it with some fine sandpaper, although some comes ready sanded. You will need to use a permanent ink  - one that dries on any surface - I use Archival or Brilliance. The ink will need to air dry for a good amount of time  (at least half an hour for Archival and overnight for brilliance)  The easiest way to colour your stamped images once dry is with coloured pencils. A sanded surface will help with this. Be aware that as the item shrinks the colour will intensify, so light shading with coloured pencils will give a better result.

I used: 

shrink plastic

XL Doodle Art dragonfly

archival ink

coloured pencils

corner rounder

hole punch 

heat gun

Key ring findings

First I sanded the surface of my shrink plastic

Then I stamped the dragonfly onto the sanded surface with black archival ink and left it to dry.

I rounded the corners with a punch....

and punched a hole in the corner (a regular hole punch could be used for this too)

Next I coloured the image with pencil crayons - remember paler and lighter is better as it intensifies when shrunk.
On a heatproof surface use your heat gun to start heating. It will curl and squirm, so keep some tweezers close by in case you wish to turn it over or reposition it. Occasionally it can stick to itself. Try and seperate it as quickly as possible if it does, but mind your fingers as it will be hot! 
Once it has finished shrinking, place an acrylic block (not a skinny one, but one with some weight) on top to make sure it is flat. 
Thread a jump ring through the hole and add the keyring. 
As you can see the colours are much deeper than before it was shrunk. I think I should probably have gone even paler! It really is huge fun to play with and a great hit with kids. there is something so magical about the shrink process. 
Thanks for looking! 

6 comments:

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

A great tutorial Sally thank you for showing us. A fabulous keyring.

Sue xx

Daffodil Cards said...

I haven't used shrink plastic in an age, love your keyring, love the butterfly and the colours too. Maybe I should search my stash and see where mine is hahaha.
Faith x

Viv said...

This looks fab Sal! x

cuilliesocks said...

Just beautiful Sally and a super tutorial, thank you, Kate x

Pat said...

The beautiful dragonfly looks great on this shrink plastic keyring Sally and the colours are darker but nevertheless deep and rich and suit it perfectly. I haven't used any shrink plastic for ages. x

Mrs A. said...

I haven’t played with shrink plastic for such a long time. I love the colours of your butterfly. Hugs Mrs A.