MyStyle Craft Design & Make Shrink Design Jewellery from Interplay is a craft activity that uses shrink plastic as a medium for making ultra trendy and edgy accessories. Seven pieces of jewellery can be created including angel wing earrings and a text necklace. The full colour instruction booklet teaches the techniques required, and there are enough of the materials to make your own additional pieces.
The technique you use to make the jewellery is quite simple. You choose a design from the booklet and trace it onto the shrink plastic sheet, colour it in and cut it out. Using the hole punch, you make a hole which will be used to thread the charm onto the string or jump ring. Once the charm is prepared, you pop it into the oven on a cardboard sheet at 160 degrees for just a couple of minutes until it shrinks down. Once cooled down, you can use the charm to make jewellery using the other components included in the kit.
The finished charms were really cute and the colours concentrated to make them look very impressive. The shrinking process makes them thick and sturdy and ideal to use on necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Kizzy also made some of her own designs and created some of her own accessories including a beaded phone charm with my name on it!
My favourite thing that she created was a necklace inspired by Daryl Dixon of The Walking Dead fame. It has a Zombie charm along with the angel wings that Daryl has on the back of his waistcoat, attached to a cord with jump rings. I loved it. It looked really professional and very cool!
The angel wings also featured on a pair of earrings that looked really stunning and unique. There is an additional downloadable PDF, which has extra designs including cute cupcakes, ice creams, lettering and a moustache.
I was impressed at just how many pieces could be made using the shrink plastic sheets, clasps, beads, cord, rings and earring hooks. Kizzy was able to work independently and really enjoyed the creativity that this kit allowed her.
At £9.99 it is a great value set, which makes plenty of charms and finished jewellery pieces. It is aimed for girls aged 8 and over and would be a lovely way for them to make handmade gifts for their friends this Christmas.
Find out more at www.interplayuk.com/mystyle/shrink-design-jewellery.