Sunday, July 28, 2013

More DIY Shrink Plastic: Cupcake Hair Clips

If you read my previous post, you know I've been experimenting with homemade Shrinky Dinks. This week, I made these hair clips for my adorable niece (I can't wait to see them in her super curly hair!). Like the last project, I used #6 plastic, sanded on both sides. Instead of coloring the plastic pieces with Sharpies, I used Prismacolor colored pencils to fill them in. Once the color was on, I outlined the design using a fine-tipped Pitt artist pen. 2 minutes in a 350 degree oven and they were done! I love the way the colors become darker and richer after shrinking (first picture below is pre-shrinking, second picture is post.)

I have learned a few lessons about sealing the pieces. I used Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch 2x Ultra Cover Matte Clear spray again, but I did three or four very light coats on each side, allowing the pieces to dry thoroughly between coats. Then I applied a much thinner coat of the Americana Triple Thick glaze. If I wanted a completely smooth surface, I would have applied a second coat of the glaze once the first had dried. Focusing on THIN coats of the sealing materials seems to keep the colors from bleeding. 

This has been such a fun undertaking for me. My husband told me this morning that he can't believe how obsessed I've become with "taking regular sized things and making them tiny." Hahaha. So true. Be creative and enjoy!

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