Tiffany Threadgould: Shrinky-dinked Mr. (or is it Ms.?) Cart Earrings!
On Monday we announced we’d be sharing the things that Tiffany Threadgould, author of the (awesome!) new book ReMake It! Recycling Projects From The Stuff You Usually Scrap, made, incorporating the Unconsumption logo.
Above (and below, actually) is the finale in this series of three: A pair of earrings made with recycled plastic! Tiffany explains:
To remake your very own recycled plastic shrink jewelry, you’ll need #6 plastic (found on most deli lids and clear plastic takeout containers), scissors, hole punch, permanent markers, aluminum foil, an oven, an oven mitt or tongs, and jewelry findings.
Use your markers to draw your own designs — like Mr. (and/or Ms.) Cart — onto the plastic. The plastic will shrink over 50%, so keep that in mind as you’re creating. Since the plastic is clear, it’s easy to place an image under the plastic and trace. Cut out your shapes. Use a standard 1/4” hole punch to punch a hole in near the top of your piece.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place your plastic piece on top of a folded piece of aluminum foil. Aluminum foil may be hard to grab once hot, so be careful as you remove it. Keep an eye on your plastic. It usually only takes about 30 seconds to cook. Carefully take out your plastic piece and add your jewelry findings. Your new shrink jewelry will have big style.
For more inspirational yet practical remaker projects — 95 of ‘em in all, involving all manner of materials — check out ReMake It! Recycling Projects From The Stuff You Usually Scrap.
The Unconsumption team thanks Tiffany for this incredible work!!
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