This floral shrink plastic ring DIY is bright and cheerful! Take a photo of some pretty flowers, print onto shrink plastic and glue on a ring base for a summery pop of colour!
I love taking photographs of flowers and I must have hundreds just sat in storage. I have a couple printed out and framed in my house and I used to create jewellery using my photos embedded in resin. But since my jewellery evolved to be more silver and gemstone based, my photographs have sat unviewed. Printable shrink plastic is a thin sheet that you print a photo onto using your inkjet printer. Then, using a craft heat tool or your kitchen oven you shrink it! The plastic becomes thicker, smaller and harder, the colours intensifying.
You will need:
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How to make:
1.Check the instructions for your brand of printable shrink plastic, each brand is slightly different! The brand i’m using is US letter sized and shrinks to just under half the original size. Open a blank document, crop your image to twice the size you want your finished image to be, then lighten it up. In Photoshop, go to Image – Adjustments – Hue/Saturation and change the Lightness slider to +40. You can often just increase the lightness or reduce the saturation in the print software too.
2.Once your print is dry, roughly cut around the shape before cutting out the exact shape. I find smaller embroidery type scissors best. Don’t worry if your cutting out isn’t perfect, shrink plastic is quite forgiving! I’ve popped a measuring tape next to it to show how much it will reduce in size.
3.Shrink the plastic following the instructions. I prefer to put the plastic on a dinner plate and use a craft heat tool as I find it quicker! The plastic will move and curl up as it shrinks, but will flatten itself out. You can see how much smaller it is and how the colours have got stronger!
4.Before attaching the plastic to the ring base, make sure you have everything ready. I’m just using a piece of scrap paper to work on and cocktail sticks to mix and apply the glue.
5.Epoxy glue comes in two parts and you need to mix an equal blob of each together before applying to the ring base. Place the shrink plastic face down and stick the ring base on the back. The glue will be touch dry in 5 minutes!
6.I recommend leaving the glue to fully set for a few hours before wearing your ring! The print is surprisingly hard wearing and I don’t feel the need for any sealer or glaze. But if you wanted a more glossy finish, something like Anitas 3D glaze would do the trick.
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