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Hearts & Kisses Jewelry for the Inventor

Shrink Plastic Hearts and Kisses Necklace and Earrings
By: Regena, Artistic Guide

 Finished size:  24"  

Supplies:
Stamps:
Music Heart (PSX)
Scalloped Heart and Small Solid heart (Valentines Day Collection Clear stamps from Target)
Kiss Stamp (Rubber Stampede)
Inks:
Pinata brand Chile Pepper Alcohol Ink (Jacquard)
Colorbox Charcoal Chalk ink - (Clearsnap)
Other:
White Shrink Plastic (LuckySquirrel)
Blending Solution (Ranger)
Alcohol Inks Applicator (Ranger or make your own with a 1" wood block and a Velcro square)
White Felt (Michaels)
Cutterbee Scissors (EK Success)
Heat Tool (Milwaukee) (or oven)
Blow Dryer (Optional)
.25" Hole Punch
24" Gold Long Loop Chain (Michaels)
Approximately 16 (5mm) Jump Rings (Michaels)
Small Toggle Clasp (Michaels)
1 Pair of Earring Wires (Michaels)
2 Pairs of Chain nose Pliers (Beadalon) *optional-used to open jump rings
 Krylon Spray Sealer (Michaels) *optional

Directions:

  1. Put a few drops of the Chile Pepper ink and the blending solution on the applicator and ‘pounce' it over the entire 8.5" x 11" sheet of white shrink plastic, adding more ink and solution as needed.  
    Tip:  The best way to get even color coverage on a whole sheet with the ink is to work it randomly all over instead of working from one side to the other.
  2. Carefully stamp the hearts and kisses all over the sheet as shown.  The second photo below shows how the smaller hearts were done.  Let the images dry for few hours or speed up the drying time with the low setting on a blow dryer.
  3. Cut out the images.  Decide how you want them to hang to determine where to punch the holes in them.  I alternated the holes in the hearts and the ‘kisses' can be punched either on the top or side.
  4. Shrink according to directions with the heat tool or bake in an oven.  Note: If you use a heat tool, hold the plastic still (so it doesn't blow away) with the wooden skewer by placing the flat end in front of the hole (not in the hole or it may stick).  It will curl first but it flattens as it continues to shrink.  Have a wood mounted stamp or block handy to flatten it as it cools.
  5. Once all the pieces are done, color the backs of the images with the alcohol ink and blending solution.  (Optional:  Stamp the backs to dress them up even more.  This step should be done before you shrink them.)
  6. Remove 3 to 4 links from the end of the chain (for the drop), find the center of the longer chain and attach one end of the drop links to the center with a jump ring. 
  7. Lay out the chain and images to determine where you want the hearts and kisses to hang, including those set aside for the drop.  You'll also need to set aside two sets of 1 music heart and 1‘kiss' for the earrings.
  8. Twist open a jump ring, attach it to one of the hearts and then attach this to the second link from the center of the chain.  Twist the jump ring closed. 
  9. Repeat this to attach all the hearts and kisses.  I alternated large and small hearts on the left and right of the center of the chain and put the remaining hearts with the kisses on the drop, again all attached with jump rings to the links.
  10. Add the toggle clasp halves to the ends of the chain with jump rings.
  11. For each earring, you'll need one music heart and one kiss.  Attach both pieces to one jump ring and then attach them to an ear wire.
  12. You can seal the shrink plastic pieces (before assembling) with a couple of light layers of a spray sealer. You can also sign (or initial) the back of one of the large hearts with a fine point Sharpie (before you seal it).
  13. Wear your new works of art proudly and prepare to make more for family and friends (or maybe even for sale)!

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4 Responses »

  1. Such a lovely bracelet-I am going to try to make it myself!!!!!!

  2. Thanks ladies! It is fun! I love shrink plastic and it's so easy to make jewelry with it. Combined with alcohol inks, you can make any color you need!

  3. wow, this looks like so much fun