Sunday, January 4, 2015

Pick a Size, Any Size

"Shrink Plastic Challenge - Part 2"

Back in June 2014, we had a group Shrink Art Challenge. At the time, I managed to get as far as making a ruler out of opaque shrink plastic. While Jodie was home for winter break, we sat down to complete our Shrink Art Challenge. She'll be posting her cute finished project here soon. My "real" project has a lot of steps, so it will be a while before it's done.

In the mean time, I decided to make rulers out of the clear and white shrink plastic. Each type of plastic has a different rate of shrinkage, even when baked at the same temperature and at the same time. So I took the time to make these rulers so that I could have an accurate measure for future shrinking projects.

I used Sharpies as my color fill. Having an example of how each color reacts to the different plastics is useful. Each ruler started out in one-inch increments. Holes were punched in the ends to help determine size for future use of jump rings in jewelry.

The hole on the left began as a standard 1/4 inch hole punch. 

The smaller hole on the right began as a 1/8" hole punch.

All this prep is not as much fun as working on actual projects, but it's good to test the materials before beginning. Hope to share my project soon!

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