Today I am sharing with you a video tutorial on how to make the shrink plastic embellishments that I featured on the Catty Cruise. If you plan on making the jewelry, you will need to watch this video because the first several steps are the same.
I know that one of the first questions you will ask is whether you can use a heat gun to shrink your plastic. The answer is "no, you can't use your heat gun". I tried both ways and the only way that gave me consistent results was the toaster oven method. I think it must have something to do with the intricate cuts and the larger size of the die. Apparently it needs to be a more even temperature. When I used my heat gun it almost always resulted in a distorted embellishment. I have had my toaster oven for well over 20 years, but if you don't have one stored away on a shelf in a closet, you might be able to purchase a used one at a garage sale or maybe at Goodwill.
Have fun making your embellishments and in a few days I will have a tutorial ready on making the bracelet and earrings.