Shrink Plastic – Embedded black shrunken flowers

July 31st, 2016 by

Ah the dreaded chasing the shrink plastic with the heat gun story. No more, she cries!!

Shrink plastic is adored by everyone from the age of 8 to 80, but it can be a problem to keep it in place while you shrink it with a heat gun. The slightest draft from said heat gun leaves you chasing your piece all over the craft table. With the CraftyChique Hot-melt, no problem.

I’ve embedded the black shrunken flowers just to keep them in place for the purpose of this exercise.

Equipment needed:

  • Sheet of shrink plastic. This can be pre-coloured as displayed or can be bought plain for you to hand colour prior to shrinking.
  • Die-cutting machine or punches.
  • Colouring pencils if required.
  • Hot melt station – heating unit in its cradle, tri-plate, thermo sheet and the silicone heat mat.

Technique:

  1. Set the heating unit on number 4 temperature.
  2. Punch or die-cut your choice of design from sheet of shrink plastic. Colour with pencils if required. The colour intensifies as it shrinks.
  3. Place on a thermo sheet on top of the tri-plate on the heating unit and watch it shrink. You may need to turn it over (use the silicone heat mat) to finish it off, but it’s so far worked every time for me, touch wood!
  4. When shrinking has stopped remove carefully and place on the silicone heat mat, because it will be very hot.
  5. If you need to, press the shrunken work with a flat object to flatten it while it’s still warm. Perhaps the flexi-boc ink stamper!
  6. Use as embellishments on cards or scrapbooks.

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