Number of Layers: 1
Dimensions: 1 1/2 inches
- Black PolyShrink
- Crafter's Ink, or
- Treasure Gold® or Rub 'n Buff®
- Embossing Heat Tool
- Small Natural Sea Sponge
- Ultra Thin Bond, or E-6000 Adhesive
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The PolyShrink General Instruction sheet has lots more art
materials and technique ideas. Don't have 'em?
Sand the PolyShrink sheet in a cross hatch pattern until the
surface appears matte. Using a pencil, draw a circle about 3
1/2 inches across. To size for an exact finished diameter, refer
to the PolyShrink General Instructions. Please see the link at
Starting at the center of the circle, sketch a spiral shape,
then cut out with scissors.
Apply a medium shade of ink using a dampened sea sponge. You
can use a scrap piece of PolyShrink as an ink palette.
Bake on a cardboard sheet at 325º to 350º F for 2-3
minutes, or shrink with a Heatit ® Craft tool or other
embossing gun. You may need to adjust the piece as it shrinks.
Tight cut outs can be a bit challenging to bake. Keep the edges
of the spiral shape flush toward the center so that a pinback
can be attached without showing. Flatten the spiral if needed,
using a piece of cardboard.
Highlight the spiral with Rub 'n Buff or Treasure Gold. Apply
very small amounts with a soft cloth stretched in a single thickness
around your finger. Highlight the ink, rather than
the entire piece.
When you're happy with the highlighting, the spiral can be domed
using a wooden drapery rod finial, available at most home/hardware
stores. Mount the finial to a block of wood so it sits upright.
To form your pin, place the preshrunk spiral on top of the curved
wood surface and gently heat with an embossing gun. When the
PolyShrink has softened, lightly press it to the curve with the
palm of your hand. Light gloves or a piece of fabric held in
your hand can be used to protect your skin.
Attach a pinback.
Please Note: This page is proportioned
for trouble free printing.
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