DIY Gifts

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial

(This post is part of my Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the list of all the posts HERE!)

I thought it would be fun to turn my Focus Your Craft & Soul event icon into pendant…

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s the shrink plastic camera pendant tutorial in case you’d like to make your own…

Step 1: Download this camera icon A4 sheet by clicking HERE:

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

You can also just download it to use as a printable – cutting out the cameras to use on a scrapbook layout or card, etc – if you want to!

Step 2: Print it out, and gather some shrink plastic, a black Sharpie, and some Promarker or other permanent marker pens:

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Trace the outlines of the 4″ tall icon onto the shrink plastic using a black Sharpie pen:

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Colour in on THE BACK of the shrink plastic, making sure not to overlap your colours – if you overlap them they will bleed into each other. That’s also why you colour on the back, otherwise you’d make the outline bleed. Colour from the centre outwards. I used a Black Promarker and a Promarker blending pen in the centre, and the Promarker colours Cool Aqua, Cyan, Pumpkin, and Yellow in the other areas.

When the pen is dry cut the camera out and punch holes at each side at the top (where you will attach the jump rings and chain later):

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

I couldn’t get the cyan-blue area to blend completely, but I decided to embrace the watercolour effect it created! I think you can get frosted shrink plastic which might allow colours to blend better.

Step 5: Line a baking tray with foil and put your camera on top. Preheat your oven to 175 degrees C / 350 degrees F:

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: When your oven reaches temperature, place the baking tray inside and shut the door, then watch through the door as the plastic curls and shrinks. After a minute or two it will have finished shrinking – you can tell when it’s finished as it will be lying flat instead of looking like this:

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Pull it out of the oven and press it for 30 seconds with something flat and heat proof, just to make sure it’s totally flat:

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s what the camera looked like before and after shrinking:

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: I don’t know how necessary this step is, but I coated mine with some glossy varnish to make it shine a little more:

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Use 4 jump rings, two 11″ pieces of chain, a clasp, and some jewellery pliers, to put your necklace together:

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then wear it as a statement necklace:

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Because it’s transparent any pattern on your clothing will show through, so make sure it’s complimentary!

Be Inspired:

Use some shrink plastic to make an item of jewellery or an embellishment

Download the camera PNG and use it as a printable

Use a transparent piece on top of something stripey

Would you wear this pendant? I totally want to make earrings to match it now!

I’ll see you again in an hour!

Jennifer x

20 thoughts on “Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial”

  1. I haven’t done any shrink plastic either – and how cool!
    Would I wear it – yep! How fun would it be to wear it to a scrappy day or camp!
    Love the yellow and white top you are wearing – goes will with the little transparent pendant!

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  2. This looks so cool! I have some transparent shrink plastic left over because I wasn’t sure what to do with it, but I love the sem-transparent effect so must try this :o)

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  3. I have never used shrink plastic but I am going to have to give it a try and make me a camera!! Thank you for the idea!!!

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  4. I would definitely wear that – it reminds me of a camera necklace a friend gave me for Christmas a couple of years ago. I haven’t pulled it out in awhile, but think I’ll do so now & wear it some on our upcoming vacation!

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  5. It’s been some time since I’ve used shrink plastic but every time I do I am reminded of how much fun it is. I haven’t turned any; of it into jewelry but use them as embellishments on cards and other projects. I love how a scribbly colored image becomes so deeply colored and solid once it shrinks! Thanks for the tips and hints.

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