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September 9, 2014

Shrink Plastic Earrings

Design Team: Liz O (Unik by Yes) Week 22 Cycle 9

#DIY Gift idea alert! Check out these shrink plastic earrings created by Liz! Tutorial below!

Happy Tuesday Crafty Friends!

Welcome back! I am so glad you stopped by because I have another very trendy project to share with you ;) I can honestly say I am loving the "Stay Connected" dies from Craftwell, so many possibilities!!!

Creative supplies:
"Stay Connected" Dies from Craftwell
Shrink Plastic: black and white
Jump rings
Round nose pliers
Lever earrings
Core'dinations White Wash
Sanding gadget and dusting cloth
Teresa Collins' Wood grain cottage Embossing Folder
Permanent adhesive
glitter paper
Xyron Sticker Maker

Plate Combos:
For SP: D + C + (2) *rubber shims+ Magnetic Shim + Metal Dies+ Wax paper + Shrink Plastic + Metal Adapter + A
For EF: D+C+ EF+A
For MD: D+C+ B *+Magnetic shim +Metal Dies+ Wax paper +Paper+ A
* Please note that plate B or a rubber shim might be optional depending on the thickness of your paper/plastic, I used light weight paper.

Creative process:

Arrange your Plate combo. I noted that it cuts better when using a piece of shrink plastic that is slightly larger than the die instead of a large piece. Space your dies over the plate for ease of cutting.

Punch holes on the plastic geo tags to turn them into a tear shaped "beads". Bake your plastic pieces according to manufacturer’s instructions. Confession: At first, in order to save some time -I thought :?- I used a heat embossing tool, but it did not work too well so I went back to the oven method, I thought this was worth sharing since you probably don’t want to experiment and waste material right?

Let your pieces cool before handling and join them using your pliers and jump rings. Assemble your earrings and done!

Now for the display I used a pattern I found on Pinterest and made an SVG cutting file with it. This display works best with dangling earrings rather than with studs, because the length and weight of the earrings keep the top part from straightening back, if it makes sense ;). I cut the file with the eCraft, ran it thru the eBosser using Teresa Collins' Wood grain EF. Score the triangular sides, fold backward and glue their base to the back of the bottom piece. For details and a link to the display please visit my blog.

I hope you leave this post inspired to create something using your TC dies! Please share with us what you create using these or other TC dies, we LOVE to see your projects!

As always thanks for stopping by!

Have a super crafty day!


Thanks Liz! How cool would these earrings be for your techie loving friend? Are you making Christmas gifts this year? Share your thoughts below!                                               

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