Hey guys! Adrianne here with you today to share a project that lets you wear your love of the new Sizzix Tim Holtz dies. My favorite part about making jewelry is that it allows you to share your style and what you love to craft with anyone you meet. Using seasonal dies (along with some shrink plastic) is a great way to add accessories to your wardrobe that you can wear to parties a few times a year without breaking the bank!
If you've already got your Sizzix Big Shot and embossing tools out for a day of making cards, scrapbooking, or creating something new, make up these sparkling snowflake charms while you're at it - you use many of the same tools and techniques.
To die-cut your charms, you can use any brand of shrink plastic, in white. Clear might also be very pretty for making your own card embellishments, but as an accessory, you want it to show up! Just place a piece of shrink plastic on top of a Sizzix Bigz die - today I'm using the brand-new Tim Holtz Snowflake Duo, and last year's larger Layered Snowflake. (Both come with free Sizzix Texture Fades embossing folders, but for today's project, you won't need them.) Once you've positioned your plastic, create your "Sizzix sandwich" by placing the die ebtween a pair of acrylic cutting pads. Then, roll it through your Sizzix Big Shot. I die-cut a pair of smaller snowflakes for earrings, and one large snowflake as a pendant.
Next, punch a 1/8 inch hole in one of the points of each small snowflake. This looks large, but remember - everything shrinks! Even the hole! You can also punch a hole in the larger snowflake as well, if you wish. I made do with one of the existing holes, but this is your creation - design it how you like! Just remember that if you want a hole, now is the only time to do it. Once it shrinks, it will become thick and sturdy, and you won't be able to add a hole then.
Next, you may color the edges faintly with a marker if you wish. I used a light aqua blue just along the edges, to give my pieces a faint, icy blue hue. Then, it's time to shrink it! You can of course use the oven-bake instructions included with your shrink plastic, but I prefer to use my heat tool that I use for embossing powders. You'll be able to shrink your pieces in just under a minute - just place them on a protective surface like a craft mat, and hold the heat tool 1-2 inches away from the plastic. Focus the heat on the center first. The piece WILL twist and curl as it shrinks (this happens in the oven, also) but it should flatten down to its original proportions as soon as it fully shrinks. If you have any curled edges, try focusing a little more heat on them.
Next, I decided to add a clear glitter embossing powder to my snowflakes, to make them shimmer. If you add the powder immediately while the piece is still hot, you won't need to use any embossing ink to get it to stick, but if you allow it to cool first, then some clear ink will be necessary. Heat the embossing powder until it turns liquid, and then allow it to cool fully.
Next, I assembled my jewelry! Using two 4mm jump rings and an earring wire for each earring, I connected one jump ring through the hole of the snowflake, and then a second ring to attch the first ring to the earring wire. Twist the jump rings open and closed again with jewelry pliers.
For the necklace, I added one large 15mm jump ring, and a long 26-inch chain to string it on.
Shrink plastic is a great way to use your favorite dies in a new way, anytime you need something sturdy - like for jewelry! And really large dies can be used as ornaments or as package tie-ons this Christmas, too. Thanks for joining me to check out this snowflake jewelry set, and I'll see you guys again soon!
Other Items Used:
- 1/8" Hole Punch
- Optional: Spectrum Noir Alcohol Ink Markers (Blue Turquoise 4)
- Craft Mat
- Embossing Heat Tool
- Ranger Clear Embossing Ink
- Clear Embossing Glitter Powder
- Chain Nose Jewelry Pliers
- 4 - 4mm jump rings
- 2 - earring wires
- 1 - 15mm jump ring
- 1 - 26" chain