Rhonda Bell Designs

Rhonda Bell is a mixed-media, fiber, and paper artist living in Austin, Texas. She is editor for All Info about Art Swaps site. A site dedicated to trading and exchanging art. that includes articles on Artist Trading Cards (ATCs), Altered Books, Altered Playing Cards, Art Dolls, Assemblage Art, Art Journals, Collage, Mail Art, Zines, Decos (decorated friendship books), Chunky Books, Greeting Cards, Tags, and other paper crafts.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Shrink Plastic Puzzle Piece Earrings and Bracelet

The make and take project I brought to the retreat was for Shrink Plastic Puzzle Piece Earrings and Bracelet:

1. Cut Out Puzzle Pieces From Shrink Plastic
2. Trace puzzle shape onto shrink plastic
3. Color puzzle pieces with Galaxy Marker or rubber stamp an image on rough side of shrink plastic
4. For earrings, punch hole in top of each puzzle piece making sure to get as close to the top edge as possible. For bracelet, punch hole in top and bottom of puzzle pieces.
5. Using an embossing gun, heat the puzzle pieces until they are fully shrunk and flat. Use a toothpick to hold down each piece so that the heat gun doesn’t blow them away.
6. Let puzzle pieces cool completely.
7. For earrings, attach the puzzle pieces through the hole to the ear wires using a pair of pliers to open and close the loops. For bracelet, use jump rings to attach puzzle pices and clasp.


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