Some things don't always go as planned.
Today I was hoping to show you an amazing tutorial but this is all I have to show
Anyone want to guess what it is?
Let me explain.
I've seen so many cute buttons, necklaces, and rings
made by shrinking plastic and decided to try making my own.
Most of the tutorials I found online used actual shrink plastic that you can buy at the stores or online.
However, I didn't have any of this stuff and wanted to use recycled plastic.
After doing a quick google search I found out this was possible.
Most of the sites I found suggested using #6 plastic (that's the number found inside the little recycle symbol one container). Supposedly this is the most common type of plastic used. However, I could not find ANY of it in my house.
I found a few other sites that did not specify what kind of plastic to use so I decided to settle on this.
Not sure were this actually came from. I was using it in one of my kitchen drawers to hold all of the tips for our frosting bag. It didn't have a recycle symbol on it but it looked similar to some of the containers found in other tutorials.
I started by cutting all of the sides off so I had a flat surface to work with. I decided to make some buttons so I drew a bunch of little circles, added some pretty designs (Since I didn't know how this was going to turn out I didn't want to take too much time on the drawings. Hence the ugly flowers). Then I drilled a couple button holes in each circle.
I cut all of them out and placed them flat on a cookie sheet.
With my oven set to 350*, I placed the plastic buttons in the oven and turned on the light to keep an eye on them.
After about 30 minutes they were slightly miss-shappen but had not shrunk much. I decided to keep them in there a little longer to see what happened. After throwing some clothes in the dryer and a quick bathroom break, I came back to this.
They are no longer round but very burnt.
They didn't shrink at all!!
I think maybe I'll try it again using some #6 plastic and hopefully it will work.
Has anyone else tried shrinking plastic?
Did you have any success?
I would love to know.