Last week I let you know that I was auditioning for So You Think You’re Crafty. This is a fun online competition where one crafter is eliminated each week until one winner is left. I couldn’t tell you which of the projects was mine last week because the voting is done anonymously, but the voting is over and it can be revealed that my project was The Spring Garden Bracelet:
I’m also happy to report that I made it safely through the audition round and will be ready to compete in the first round of the “real” competition come the second week of April.
Let me tell you a little bit more about my bracelet. A lot of people I’ve talked to thought that those flowers were beads that I bought somewhere. They were actually individually made by me with Shrinky Dinks. I do love my shrink plastic!
I used a craft punch to cut out the flower shapes then colored them with permanent markers. If you try this at home, make sure you punch a hole for the wire before you shrink them!
|This is what I started with.|
|Above shows the size before shrinking, below shows the size after shrinking.|
Once out of the oven, I immediately shaped the flower around the eraser end of a pencil to give it a rounded shape. I didn’t worry about them being perfectly symmetrical. I’m just not that fussy. Besides, I liked that no two flowers were quite the same. It’s more realistic.
The calla lilies were circles that were curled as soon as they came out of the oven. You have to do this as soon as you pull the shrinky dinks out of the oven and they will be hot. Be careful!
I used a leaf punch and a heart punch to make leaves. Okay, hearts don’t really look like leaves, but you work with what you got.
The rest was just a matter of adding some beads, some headpins, jump rings, a length of chain and a clasp. ‘tweren’t nothing, really.
I hope you’ll follow So You Think You’re Crafty now and once my “season” of the competition gets underway. I’ll be sure to keep you up to date with what’s going on.