Shrink Plastic Buttons

Who doesn’t love shrink plastic? – Oh, who are we kidding? Who doesn’t love Shrinky Dinks!  I can’t tell you how many things I’ve seen on Pinterest lately that refers to “shrink plastic”.

Let’s call a spade a spade!

I have very fond memories from the early-80’s when I got a Barbie-themed Shrinky Dink Christmas gift. I loved it. As an adult, I was so happy to learn 1) it still existed and 2) you could get all sorts – printable, clear, and even the kid-type design packs.

Anyway, I pinned these really adorable Shrink Plastic Buttons. The post recommends specific pens but since I didn’t have them, I tried it with a rubber stamp and StazOn Ink. I think they are adorable and would make fantastic embellishments. I can’t wait to try it with custom drawings or hand-carved stamps.

For the buttons,  I followed the tutorial from the pin.  (I would recommend watching the video at the bottom of the post because it was fun.)  Plus – I love that I can just use my heat gun instead of having to bother with the oven.

Technique Decision: To Spray or to Etch

Rubber bands placed around glass
Glass 1: Frosted Glass Spray Paint


Glass 2: Etching Cream

As I’m sure a lot of people have,  I pinned the rubber band frosted glass idea. I thought it would be fantastic for a holiday gift. The picture looked cool but the link didn’t go anywhere.  I did some searching and found several blog posts.

The first blog I found for someone attempting this was unhappy with the results.

The second blog post I found talked about using etching instead of the spray paint because she was going to use them for drinking glasses.

I thought I would give both ideas a whirl.  Frankly, etching cream makes me nervous because the warnings list burns and being fatal. I’m no fan of “fatal”.  Probably because I’m a bit lazy about gloves, newspaper, and taking precautions. (Although, I used all thoes things in this case.)

For the first glass, I used frosted glass spray paint. I held the can about a foot away when spraying and gave it about 3 or so coats. I wanted to avoid the clumping that happened with the first post I found. The spray seemed to work well. I could have maybe gave it a couple more coats just for good measure.

For the second glass I used etching cream. I left it on for maybe 20 min –  I wasn’t really keeping track.  I wore gloves and realized after I had rinsed the cream off  that I didn’t put enough on in the areas I wanted etched.

After both glasses were rubber band free and rinsed, I think the spray looks pretty good. I don’t feel like the lines are crisp enough for my liking. I think the etching would work and look better overall.  I know it’s hard to tell because  I didn’t quite put an even coat of etching cream everywhere  but I can tell from my test that it would provide better results.

For the next round, now that I have chosen my technique, I think I am going to used tape to cut the design. I think that will allow me to use a paint knife to spread the cream more evenly.

The Most Ambitious Painting

I thought I would start blogging again. I am going to try to go on an art journey this year. I have some plans for my art journal as well as using this blog over the year as a way to get myself into habits. So what should you expect over 2013? Images of my artwork, documentation of things I’ve pinned on Pinterest, and other such tidbits.

LnD mixed-media collage. Made with cut paper, acrylic, stamps,
metal paperclip and gel medium.

Off we go: The first order of business is LnD.  This is a multimedia piece I created for some co-workers who recently married. This is the completed work.

I used a bit of layering for the background, molding paste for  texture across the canvas, and bubble wrap to add circles.

Next, I layered paper and bits of the wedding invitation envelope, stamp, and initials sticker. Every decision was made to highlight one aspect or another of the couple. The entire piece is mostly paper, acrylic, and newspaper.

This is one of the largest and most complex works I’ve done in a while. It’s also the first time I really planned everything out before gluing. I learned a lot during the creation of this piece. Next up: a turtle mixed-media piece.  I’ll also be making various Christmas gifts from Pinterest.