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Monday, March 14, 2011

Make it Monday: Upcycled Plastic Earings

Good Monday! I've been trying a few new things lately. One of them being creating jewelry from non-shrink plastic containers (vegetable containers from Trader Joe's, soda bottles, etc.)

This week's tutorial.
  • New green gift boxes for the shoppe
  • Decorating envelopes with junk mailers
    •  gluing Chilli's scrumptious shimps and steak dinner pics on the bubble mailer. It seems to be more interesting than simply mailing out a plain white package.
  • Starcraft 2  ^_^ My boyfriend got the game a couple of weeks ago and we have been addicted!
  • Banana's Foster for dessert <3 Boy, do I love me some ice cream with bananas bathed in caramelized sugar. If you haven't tried it, please do! It is an absolutely delectable treat!
  • Plastic Jewelery -Let's get to it!

What you'll need:

  • Plastic - Trader Joe's vegetables are sold on plastic trays and I've been using that. They're good because they don't shrink in the oven. I suppose you can use plastic bottles, too.
  • Scissors
  • Something to trace circles with - I used a paint bottle. The circumference of the object will depend on how large you want your flowers to be. Remember you can make rings, earrings, and/or broaches. 
  • Permanent marker and rubbing alcohol
  • Hole punch
  • Jewelry wire
  • large beads
This is how I did it:
  1. Use the permanent marker to trace circles onto the plastic. To get circles that varied in circumference I traced the paint bottle' top and the bottom.

2. Cut 5 slits into the circles - these will become petals - and hole punch the center. Then dab rubbing alcohol onto a napkin and rub off the permanent marker.

3. Slide the large bead onto the wire. If you have a strip of wire bent the end so the bead doesn't slide off, and then bend the top into a U shape.

  1. Turn on the over to 250-275 degrees Fahrenheit.  
  2. Hook and slide the disks onto the wire, and when the oven is ready  hook these bad boys on the oven rack. They should be hanging from the racks.

  1. Leave them for about a minute, or until the plastic begins to wilt.
  2. The wire wasn't very hot and I was able to use my bare hands to remove them from the oven.
  3. Gently bend the petals with your finger tips around the bead, slide off, and let cool
  4. Make sure that the smaller pieces fit into the larger ones. Like in the picture below
Find a bead larger than the hole punch, slide onto wire, thru the petals and bend wire to set the petals in place. Create a wire loop, and wrap remaining wire around.

And there you have it. You can add jump rings, extra beads, and anything else you want to embellish these beauties. If you want to manipulate the plastic just pop them in the oven to melt the plastic a bit.

Let me know how it works for you, and I hope you have a great Monday!

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