Crafting with shrink wrap
Crafting with shrink wrap? Shrink film can be used to make a variety of things and can be use to do crafting. From jewelry pendants to earrings and buttons to key rings, name tags and other decorative elements, anything is possible. Depending on the film used, there may be minor differences in the approach.
It is therefore important to observe the information and instructions of the manufacturer on the packaging.In principle, however, shrink film is used as follows.
The shrink film has a smooth and a rough side. The rough side also looks dull, similar to frosted glass. On this rough side, the foil is painted. Many foils can be designed with all sorts of colors, for example with crayons as well as with felt-tip pens, foil pens or acrylic paints. Even stamp motifs can be applied to the slides.
It should be remembered, however, that the film contracts significantly later. After shrinking, it is only about half the size. Therefore, the motive should not be too small. In addition, it should be remembered that the motif or pattern later appears mirrored. This is because the rough side that is painted is the back side. Above all, logos must therefore be reversed transferred to the slide. Incidentally, this works best if the font is printed mirrored, the template is placed under the foil and then copied.
When the motif is finished, the foil is cut. If the finished element is later to have the same shape as the motif, the foil is cut along with a small addition along the edge of the motif. Otherwise, the film can also be cut as a circle, rectangle, triangle, heart, star, flower or any other contour.
If the element is to be hung later or fastened somewhere, one or more holes must also be worked in. This can be done by means of punch or punch. The holes must already be punched out, because once the film has shrunk, it is no longer possible. The size of the holes should also be rather generous. Just like the film, the holes also contract.
In order for the larger, flat pieces of foil to become small, thicker plastic elements, they must be placed in the oven. For this, the oven is first preheated to 150 degrees top and bottom heat. The film parts are distributed on a brook sheet, which is laid out with baking paper. Who has no baking paper on hand or wants to make sure that the film does not adhere, can also spread the baking sheet with some flour. Normally, the film parts are placed on the baking sheet with the painted side up. But there are also films in which the manufacturers recommend laying the rough side down.
Once the shrink wrap is in the oven, it starts to deform. The edges curl up and the film bends. At the same time it is getting smaller and smaller. After a few minutes, the film smoothes again and lies flat on the baking sheet. This is the sign that the shrinking process has ended. Overall, the plastic particle has now shrunk by about half, but it has become quite a bit thicker. It’s also solid and hard. The colors in turn now shine more intensely than before.
The finished parts are now carefully removed from the oven. But beware, the elements are still hot! If they are not quite smooth and flat, they can be pressed with a wooden board, a spatula or a similar object briefly smooth. But there is not much time left, because after a few seconds, the plastic parts cannot be deformed.Now the decorative elements only have to cool down. After that they can be used as desired.
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