Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial
(This post is part of my Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the list of all the posts HERE!)
I thought it would be fun to turn my Focus Your Craft & Soul event icon into pendant…
Here’s the shrink plastic camera pendant tutorial in case you’d like to make your own…
Step 1: Download this camera icon A4 sheet by clicking HERE:
You can also just download it to use as a printable – cutting out the cameras to use on a scrapbook layout or card, etc – if you want to!
Step 2: Print it out, and gather some shrink plastic, a black Sharpie, and some Promarker or other permanent marker pens:
Step 3: Trace the outlines of the 4″ tall icon onto the shrink plastic using a black Sharpie pen:
Step 4: Colour in on THE BACK of the shrink plastic, making sure not to overlap your colours – if you overlap them they will bleed into each other. That’s also why you colour on the back, otherwise you’d make the outline bleed. Colour from the centre outwards. I used a Black Promarker and a Promarker blending pen in the centre, and the Promarker colours Cool Aqua, Cyan, Pumpkin, and Yellow in the other areas.
When the pen is dry cut the camera out and punch holes at each side at the top (where you will attach the jump rings and chain later):
I couldn’t get the cyan-blue area to blend completely, but I decided to embrace the watercolour effect it created! I think you can get frosted shrink plastic which might allow colours to blend better.
Step 5: Line a baking tray with foil and put your camera on top. Preheat your oven to 175 degrees C / 350 degrees F:
Step 6: When your oven reaches temperature, place the baking tray inside and shut the door, then watch through the door as the plastic curls and shrinks. After a minute or two it will have finished shrinking – you can tell when it’s finished as it will be lying flat instead of looking like this:
Step 7: Pull it out of the oven and press it for 30 seconds with something flat and heat proof, just to make sure it’s totally flat:
Here’s what the camera looked like before and after shrinking:
Step 8: I don’t know how necessary this step is, but I coated mine with some glossy varnish to make it shine a little more:
Step 9: Use 4 jump rings, two 11″ pieces of chain, a clasp, and some jewellery pliers, to put your necklace together:
Then wear it as a statement necklace:
Because it’s transparent any pattern on your clothing will show through, so make sure it’s complimentary!
Use some shrink plastic to make an item of jewellery or an embellishment
Download the camera PNG and use it as a printable
Use a transparent piece on top of something stripey
Would you wear this pendant? I totally want to make earrings to match it now!
I’ll see you again in an hour!