Hi everyone! We have a new release at ADFD and they are spectacular. They're so inspiring that I actually made two projects with them. I'm actually going to make two separate posts because the second one has a surprise for you too.
So this new release is all about the beach. I know I'm ready for some nice warm weather here in Calgary. Its -20C here and even colder with the wind chill. I don't know how it works with all you other ladies out there, but my husband isn't what I would call the romantic sort. And I guess I've let him off pretty easy over the years in regards to buying me gifts. I usually buy what I want and tell him what "he got me". I'm also not a really big jewelry wearer either, but I do like to gussy it up once in a while and wear a necklace or some earings. So, needless to say, I didn't get any jewelry for Christmas this year. I decided to make my own and here is what I made using the new release images Pretty Sea Shells collection:
Images: Pretty Sea Shells collection (A Day for Daisies)
Tools & Embellishments: Inkjet Shrinky Dink, Bic Mark It markers, Sharpie markers, shell beads, glass beads, jewelry findings & chain, earing shepherd hooks, jewelers pliers, jewelers wire snips
I've had the square beads for a really long time and didn't know what to do with them. They're made from shells and I paid quite a bit of money for them. I bought them online about 5 years ago when I was really into jewelry making. I didn't want to really use them on just anything, so I've held onto them. Once I saw the new images, I knew that they would be great with these images.
I printed the images onto the shrinky dink, then coloured them with my Bic & Sharpie markers. I didn't use copics because I find that they don't work that well on plastic for me and I can't get the intensity of colour with them as I can with Bics or Sharpies (however, in this case the colour was a little too dark). After I finished colouring, I cut the images out. I should note here that I printed the images 2" on the largest side, and once I heated the shrinky dink, the pieces shrunk down to about 3/4". If you haven't used shrinky dink before and want to try this, you have to remember to punch a hole BEFORE you shrink them. The plastic ends up being quite thick and brittle, so you won't be able to pierce a hole afterward. When I was cutting out the images, I added a little extra at the top of the image and used my 1/8" hole punch. This left a pretty small hole - just big enough for the head pins to fit through. Once the shrinky dink was cooled down, I used my jewelry making tools and supplies and created these earrings. I wore them out yesterday and got a couple compliments on them. That was fun.
Check out the next post for my second project. I have a little surprise for you. :)