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.
Next, I stamped the shrink plastic with the permanent ink and allowed it to dry. Then, I carefully colored the images with the markers.
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 a ceramic tile to place the plastic on while I heated it.
Once all the charms were 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.