Tutorial - Faux Broken China Necklace

>> Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I love to come up with out of the box recreations of things I love...my latest creation is a lighter funky alternative to broken china jewelry.  Made with shrink plastic, stamps, ink, markers and utee. This necklace looks fabulous and is fun to make!

Supplies- White shrinky dink paper (sanded), pretty floral stamp, permanent markers, utee (or clear embossing powder, 1/8 hole punch, chain and jumprings.

Let's begin!

step 1 - use a semi dark ink to ink your stamp

step 2 - press down onto sanded shrinky dink paper

step 3 - begin coloring the stamped image lightly with permanent markers

step 4 - cut out a section to resemble a broken piece of china.  remember to cut your piece approx 3 times larger than you'd like your pendant.  this one is 3.75 inches long

step 5 - using your 1/8 hole punch put two holes on either side of your shrink paper (for the jumprings)

step 6 - place in 350 * oven bake until it shrinks 2-4 minutes (or what ever directions your paper says to bake)

See how bright the colors become!

 ALERT!  Amazing techinique you can you for so many things
step 7 - sprinkle the entire pendant with a decent layer of utee or clear embossing powder

*notice how it's covered up to the ends to prevent dripping over in the oven.  place back in 350 degree oven and watch it.  you'll see it bubble up get clumpy weird then smooth out like glass...take it out when it's smooth. (be careful it's ridiculously hot until it cools and hardens...like 2 minutes)


see...smooth and pretty

  Step 8  - Attach jumprings and chain of your choice and voila...fabulous faux china necklace!


Anonymous May 26, 2010 at 7:32 AM  

Love this! Thank you for sharing!

Unknown June 18, 2010 at 8:35 PM  

shrinky dinks!!!!! you are amazing!


Carolina Nightingale June 19, 2010 at 6:57 AM  

SINCERELY goregous.... My kids and I use "free shrinky dinks"... ie, we use old clear Bakery boxes (or salad boxes, or clear deli, etc...) that are recycling tag 1 for this kind of craft. Same material works the same as shrinky dinks, and is free. Wonder how many necklaces I can make today, lol.....

Anonymous June 19, 2010 at 9:14 AM  

I loooove this! I think my daughter and I would really enjoy making these. Thanks! BTW, found your blog via Ruffles and Stuff.


Taryn June 19, 2010 at 11:53 AM  

Thanks everyone! Seriously once you start playing with shrinky dinks it become a bit addictive...don't say I didn't warn you :)

I'm working on some cool shrinky dink wine charms to post in a few days too...

I'll have to try the recycled plastic Heather...thanks for the tip!