Custom Made Embellishments

I’m taking a break during December, but please enjoy some of my previously published articles and tutorials.

How many times have you been caught out looking for the *perfect* embellishments to finish your project?

Inkjet Shrinky Dinks to the rescue!!

Shrinky Dinks

What’s a Shrinky Dink?

It’s a thin sheet of flexible plastic substance that when you put in the oven contracts in size, expands in thickness and hardens. It’s a product designed mainly for kids (of all ages I say).

With the original Shrinky Dinks, you used to have to hand draw and create your own artwork before you could use it, but now they’ve brought out Shrinky Dinks suitable for inkject printers and this now offers an amazingly simple and creative way to make embellishments of any shape, color and size.

For the little flowers and leaves on this art quilt I designed some textured colors using photoshop, and then used the “cookie cutter” tool to create the shapes. I then printed them out on my printer, let them dry, then cut out the shapes and zapped them with my heat gun.

Shrinky Dinks

The finished size is about 1/3 of the original and it expands in thickness approx 9 times so the finished pieces are nice and thick.

Shrinky Dinks

Before the pieces cooled, for the leaves I twisted the ends a little to give them some movement, and the flowers I pressed in the middle with the end of a pencil to form a slight bowl shape. I used a bead reamer to make the small holes before I heated them, and once they had been heated and cooled, I then colored the edges with a metallic gold painters pen. To seal the color, spray with an acrylic sealer.

You can usually find Shrinky Dinks in your local craft store and they are a simply fabulous way to make your own embellishments!

Shrinky Dinks