Shrink Plastic 101

I’ve been playing with shrink plastic for the last few days, I thought I’d give a quick run through of how to do it. It’s really simply and the outcome is awesome for the effort and time involved.

Before you start making shrink art take a test strip and draw on a rule of about 10cm, and make some random scribblings in different mediums (pencil, different thicknesses of pen, colouring pencil, watercolor… experiment!), shrink in your oven according to the directions of the shrink plastic packet. I used ‘Shrinkles’ paper that I bought on Ebay. When you’ve shrunk you’ve test piece, you’ll have an idea of just how big you need to make you pictures before shrinking them to your preferred size. So to get started:

  1. Take your picture and cut around it
  2. Masking tape it to the smooth size of your shrink plastic
  3. Cut your shrink plastic to shape
  4. You can either keep your outline, block colour it in, or draw detail on you image. I chose to put some detail on my outline in pencil. If you’re planning on making a pendant, take a hole punch and make a hole in your picture. This will shrink to an ideal size for a jump ring. Remember to remove your paper outline
  5. Place on a baking tray and shrink according to your shrink plastic directions

And that’s all there is to it! It’s that simple, so there is no excuse not to try it yourself. I love the outcome as you can get a very professional finish. Its a similar result to resin without the mess, and it’s a very child friendly craft.


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