Hey friends! Adrianne here with you today to share a twist on the sugar skull tradition with this memory locket project using new Sizzix dies by Crafty Chica. Whether you celebrate Dia de los Muertos or you just really love the sugar skull trends, this is a fun and easy accessory that lets you wear your art inside a small charm locket.
I've been dying to get my hands on this particular line of dies ever since I saw the preview a few months ago. My family doesn't celebrate Dia de los Muertos but my baby sister just had a sugar skull themed wedding earlier this month, so every time I see them it makes me think of her and her new husband! This locket currently lives around her neck as a happy wedding memento, but memory lockets are a great accessory for honoring anyone you love whether they're still with you or not.
Today's project only requires a pair of dies from the Sizzix Thinlits Day of the Dead Couple in Love die set, but there are a lot of great products in this collection for cardmaking, crafts, and so much more. All you will need for today's project is some shrink plastic and your heat tool, permanent markers, your Sizzix Big Shot and skull dies, and a memory locket, chain, and optional additional beads or charms. Here is the complete list of supplies you will need:
- Sizzix Big Shot Pro and Acrylic Cutting Pads
- Sizzix Thinlits Day of the Dead Couple in Love die set
Other Materials Used:
- White Shrink Plastic
- Fine Tip Permanent Markers
- Heat Tool and Craft Mat
- Ranger Clear Embossing Ink
- Clear Glitter Embossing Powder
- 30mm Memory Locket
- 28" Locket Chain
- 6mm Silver Puffy Heart Bead
Shrink plastic is easy to die cut! Just place your dies on top of white shrink plastic, create your Sizzix sandwich by putting an acrylic cutting pad on top of and underneath the dies and plastic, and roll it through your Big Shot with the appropriate platform for Thinlits.
You'll instantly have detailed die cut sugar skulls that you can now color and decorate with any permanent markers or ink. I also used embossing ink and glitter powder to make my skulls sparkle after doodling my embellishments, and to give the skulls a more sugary look!
To shrink the plastic into small, durable charms, place your decorated die cut on a heat-safe surface, and apply a multi-purpose heat tool to it. (Tip: you will probably need to hold the die cut down. A simple toothpick in one of the holes to keep it from blowing away will do the trick!) The plastic will begin to curl as it shrinks - this is normal! - and to flatten it, simply continue to apply heat to it until it flattens out completely (as shown above). The new charm will be about 25% of the size of the original die cut.
You can also follow the package instructions for oven-shrinking your plastic (especially if you don't own a heat tool), but the heat tool is quick and effective and it's something that most of us papercrafters and mixed media artists have close at hand at our workstations already!
Once your new sugar skull charms have cooled, you can add them directly to the memory locket. I added a 6mm silver heart bead as well, but any locket charms or small, flat beads make great additions. I am using a 30mm locket (with an opening approximately 7/8") but if you use a slightly larger size, you should be able to fit more than two skulls inside. (All I needed was one for the bride and one for the groom, in my case!)
The lockets open and snap closed fairly easily, so you can change out the charms for other seasons or celebrations, too! Or, wear these charms year-round as a tribute to those you love.
Thanks for joining me for today's quick jewelry project, and I'll see you all again soon!