Monday, October 29, 2007

Quick and Easy Halloween Bracelet

I did get to craft tonight! Yay!! Now let's see if I can show you how I did it.


First, I gathered permanent markers, a permanent ink stamp (like Staz-on), Halloween stamps, and a sheet of shrink plastic.




Next, I stamped the shrink plastic with the permanent ink and allowed it to dry. Then, I care fully colored the images.


While that dried, I got my scissors and a hole puncher.

I cut out the images so that I had enough room to punch a hole above and a hole below the image. Then I cut around each of the images in a curved pattern (to keep the plastic smooth for my nieces).

With my heat gun and a metal knitting needle (to keep the plastic from blowing away), I shrunk the plastic (my favorite part!!).

As soon as they were completely shrunk, while still hot, I placed a flat piece of metal on the hot plastic to ensure that the plastic laid and dried flat. Please note that I protected my surface by using tile to place the plastic on while I heated it.

Once I had all the charms shrunk, I got out my beading supplies: black, orange, and purple seed beads; crimping pliers and wire cutters; crimp beads; findings (simple clasps); and plastic covered wire.

While the picture shows a ton of jump rings, I do not use these for the child bracelets. I'm not sure yet how to explain how I string it (you can send me a comment and I will write it out for you then.) It's a real simple process with the wire just looping through the holes in the shrink plastic holes with a few beads and crimped on each end. Repeat that for as long as you want the bracelet.
Hopefully, you will end up with something like (or better than) this:


I also made myself some earrings using this method. I'll post that later.
Please let me know if you have any questions.

3 comments:

  1. Thanks Rae - Of course my photography is nothing compared to yours and my bracelets are nothing compared to your beautiful bundle of joy.

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  2. OMG!! This is so cute, you could do this for ANY occassion. Birthdays, spring, easter, 4th of july, valentines, Christmas of course. I've never used shrink paper but i am a big fan of toggle clasps.

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