How to Make Custom, Colorful Shrinky Dink Earrings
For March Meet the Maker day 5, “newest make”, I’m sharing a tutorial to make Shrinky Dink earrings!
You need: earring design, shrinky dinks, sharpies, scissors, hole punch, jewelry pliers, jump rings, ear wires, tape, sealer, pan lined with tin foil
Start with a design about 3x bigger than what you want your final size to be.
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You need the design to be larger because Shrinky Dinks shrink to about a third their size!
Shrinky Dinks have a shiny side and rough side. Tape the sheet shiny side up on your sketch.
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Use Sharpies to color in your design. You can customize your earrings however you’d like! These are based off of paintings I’ve done in the past.
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Repeat with the other earring. Keep in mind the colors will get darker when these bake.
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Cut out your designs.
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Punch a hole in the top center of each earring.
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Line a baking sheet with tin foil & place your designs colored side up.
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Bake at 325 degrees for 3-4 minutes. Watch for them to curl up, then let them flatten back out.
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Remove from the oven as soon as they have flattened back out.
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Add your favorite sealer. I used Mod Podge, followed by one coat of Mod Podge Ultra Gloss.
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Add two jump rings and an ear wire to each earring. Check out my earlier Jumprope on how to use a jump ring.
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Show off your custom earrings, created from your own artwork!
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