Whimsical Brooches

I brought out my Shrinky Dink Film this past week! This idea came to me earlier this year while browsing the internet and Pinterest for inspiration. I thought wow! this would be a really fun way to bring my illustrations to life! I need to try this out and see what happens. 


Well I tried it and it was a success! I did have to play with the colors and size a bit. There were a couple original designs that just didn't make the cut this time around but I am super happy with these ones. They would also make neat magnets or pins for your bulletin board as well! 


Some tips and some of my process, if you haven't tried this craft out yet!


1. Be sure to do a test page or two or three! Get your sizes and colors down, then once you see the final result, you can get busy creating more ideas. The colors did go darker for me! Also, mine shrunk to about 50% of the original size, so I had to adjust as it was more than what the directions said on the packaging.


2. I printed my images onto the shrink paper rather than hand draw them on. This was more the look I was going for but you can do either way for sure.


3. When in the oven, I set the temperature for 350 F and left them in there for exactly 3 minutes. Your oven may be different so again, test it out! I let them sit on a baking sheet with parchment paper and then put a second sheet of parchment paper over the top. This helps when they are in the curling mode. You don't want them sticking to themselves! When they appear flat, that was my cue to take them out. I did time it and it was always 3 minutes for me.


As soon as I took them out of the oven, with the parchment paper still on top, I took my oven mitt (I was very careful as they are still quite hot at this point!) and put slight pressure on each one. I think this helped them become even flatter.


4. Once they were cooled, I put a coat of Plaid Mod Podge Dimensional Magic on them. I waited a day to completely cure the first coat and then did a second coat the next day. It is fairly easy to apply. I used a toothpick to spread it out evenly over top each piece.


5. The last day, once everything was dry, I used Gorilla Crazy Glue to attach the pins to the back. This glue is amazing and dries super quick so it didn't take long for them to set! Watch your fingers though and go lightly with the stuff!!


All in all, I'd say this was a great experience. Some projects I would honestly never want to touch again lol, but this one is definitely one I'd go back to. It has left me with enough inspiration to make many more!