With that said, I think Lark Craft's book which came out last month, will answer all the questions on what to give the teacher, or the post man, or the neighbors. AND this is the perfect book for anyone with teenagers who want to spend some time with them making things that are easy to make but so much fun. Plus the best thing is that all the techniques and ideas in this book can be used for the serious crafter who is looking for things to make for the Holiday Craft shows as anyone who sees one of these pieces will absolutely want them. Now that I have your attention and curiosity, let me tell you that Kathy Sheldon's latest book Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk! Making Sylish Shrink Plastic Jewelry is one book that you'll enjoy just as much as I have. Now what is Shrink Plastic? Kathy explains that the big technical word for it is thermoplastic polystyrene but for those of us at a certain age who helped their siblings or parents created funky little things with this product in the 70s and 80s , you'll remember the name Shrinky Dinks. I think I still have a few of those little colorful blobs of shrunk plastic floating around in my desk somewhere after being gifted with a medallion colored with magic markers by my younger brother and sister.
|They DO shrink and here is the proof|
Kathy takes us through the basics of working with Shrinky Dinks giving samples of all the different kinds of Shrink Plastic (who would have known) along with places to purchase the items. Then she gives ideas and clues on how to take this simple product and turn it into some pretty amazing pieces of jewelry with inks, paints, markers, images, and just about everything except the kitchen sink. Each project from the 17 different craft artist is well written with clear instructions. And nothing is left unexplored from earrings, to brooches, to necklaces, to rings. Every project would be a delight to make and with adult supervision an exciting evening with your favorite younger craft person to be. So, why not Get your SHRINK ON! and join in creating, sharing, and just laughing your way through a throw back in time product that will make your imagination burst out of its box.
|One of my favorite projects. Dots for Dot.|
Disclosure...As a reviewer of products from Lark Books, I receive the book above free of charge. I have been asked to review these products and give my honest opinion of the products...positive or negative. I am not being compensated by Lark Books for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received and reviewed.