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How not to make earrings

I wanted to keep the previous post separate, as I felt it was too important to clutter with crafts. I have however, decided to take a leaf from Robin's book, and approach this post with a small modicum of humour. I have stated before that I want to do tutorials so here is my first (sans pictures I'm afraid). So here it is:

1. Grab your clear shrink plastic. Realise that you've grabbed acetate and not shrink plastic only after you have sanded the acetate.

2. Sand the shrink plastic. Do this both horizontally and vertically.

3. Stamp the sanded side! Remember to use an ink pad that will stay on the shrink plastic without smudging (best is Staz on)

4. Drop the ink pad onto your leg, so you have a nice black smudge.

5. Ink the required stamps. Leave to dry (very important)

6. Sand the other side of the shrink plastic. Make sure you remember which side the stamp is on!

7. Use Sharpies to colour the plastic. Promarkers work as well, but Sharpies are better in my opinion. Make sure that your earrings match.

8. Punch a hole where required.

9. Place tinfoil/baking paper (paper is better) onto a baking tray and arrange the shrink plastic so that they aren't touching.

10. Remember that you haven't turned the oven on, so put it on to 160 (fan oven) and wait a couple of minutes to heat

11. Quickly grab your tray ready to put in the oven, only for your movements to disturb the shrink plastic, tipping at least half on the floor

12. Pick up the shrink plastic, and try again

13. Shrink the plastic. Resist the urge to keep opening the door to check on it. I swear, it only takes a few seconds to shrink

14. Burn yourself at least once flattening any pieces that are slightly curled.

15. Wait to cool

16. Realise that what you shoule have done in the first place is to stamp one image on each side of the plastic, so that you have mirror images.

17. Think, b***er it, and decide if your earrings aren't going to match, then they really aren't going to match, so pair the rabbits with the badgers and the owls with the foxes.

18. Attach the badger/rabbit to a hook earring. To them, attach a large block, then a smaller one.

19. Realise that you didn't need to punch a second hole in the blocks for the owl and fox earrings

20. Root through your stash to find four matching charms that are small enough to attach to the earrings (feathers)

21. Done!

OK I'm not a comedian but this did actually happen to me! Even though they don't match I think they are quite good actually. Who says we have to match?

Hope everyone is crafting up a storm :)
Emma x


  1. Wow,these are gorgeous Emma. I really must try shrink plastic but for some reason never have. They would make fab necklaces too,I love them :)

    Donna xx

  2. Cute earrings Ems. Love their uniqueness in not matching. It works! ~ Cobs.x


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