Fox brooch

Shrink plastic fox brooch

I only discovered shrink plastic fairly recently but you can do a lot with it. Plus, it’s very satisfying to watch it shrink (unless it goes wrong, that is). Here’s a quick run through making brooches with it.

You’ll need:

– Sheet of shrink plastic (Mine are clear translucent, but you can get them completely clear or solid colours)
– Marker pen
– Colouring pencils
– Brooch pin (or safety pin)
– Glue

First, make your drawing on paper and trace it with the shrink paper over it. Mine was a translucent one. Obviously, if you choose white or solid coloured shrink plastic sheets you’ll have to trace the design straight into it. This step is probably pointless unless you make as many mistakes as I do anyway!

Note that it’ll shrink considerably, so make sure your drawing is at least 10x bigger than the brooch you want.

Shrink plastic fox brooch

Then trace the design with permanent marker (crayons and colour pencils are usually ok too, but I wanted the outline to be defined). I still made a mess:

Shrink plastic fox brooch

Colour in the drawing (again, you can use markers or coloured pencils – check your shrink paper instructions anyway!)

Shrink plastic fox brooch

Shrink plastic fox brooch

Shrink plastic fox brooch

Cut the design out

Shrink plastic fox brooch

Now’s when the fun part starts. Put it in an oven tray and stick it in the oven. Follow your shrink plastic manufacturer instructions. Mine only took a few seconds.

Fox brooch

Done. Leave it a few minutes to cool down.

Shrink plastic fox brooch

Stick a brooch pin on the back and you’re done. Just a heads up, don’t use super-glue or any heavy solvent based glue. My first attempt got ruined by the glue making the ink run.

Shrink plastic fox brooch

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