DIY | Shrink Plastic Rings


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About a year ago I visited the Saatchi gallery in London. Besides having some incredible art pieces, they also have a very impressive store. They sell the best art books you can find, and a lot of accessories from some pretty amazing designers. That shop is where I stumbled upon these rings from Soop. I immediately fell in love with the concept of the ring and decided to try to make a version of my own.
I decided to make the rings out of shrinky dink plastic, because it's affordable and I don't really know any other way to make them :)

Here's how:
1. Print the free printable stencil. And cut out the ring out of cardboard like in image 1.
2. Design a shape that you want on top of your ring and cut that out of cardboard.
3. Trace the shapes onto the shrinky dink plastic.
4. Cut the shapes out of the shrinky dink plastic. Place the shrinky dink in the oven and follow the instructions on the shrinky dink package.

** Extra tip: My rings sometimes rolled op to much in the oven and would stick together. To prevent this, I wrapped baking paper around the ring before I placed it in the oven, this will put a little weight on the ring and makes it curl less.








24 comments:

  1. We're so glad that we could help inspire you.

    You've done a great job with such simple materials :)

    LicketyCut

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    1. Hi, and thank you so much for commenting! I was very inspired by your work and I am very glad that you liked it!

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  2. I didn't really get how you made the ring with plastic but, oh! well! I don't mind! It's so beautiful!!
    Have a great Sunday!!
    Kisses from Greece!!

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    1. Thank you! And if you have any questions about this tutorial, please feel free to ask!

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  3. Such a cute idea, you can build a mini city.
    Imagine buidling NY or Sydney or Paris across your fingers!!
    xx Tanya
    http://aciddreamsandsugarhighs.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. That is a great idea! I actually went for the Dutch theme, with the windmill. But It would also be great to try to make the eifeltower!

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  4. this is beautiful!
    great idea!!

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  5. Really Like your DIY!
    In love with those rings!
    But How do you keep them from kneading?

    Bruna - Brazil
    www.diversalia.com.br

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    1. Thank you!

      And about the kneading: I sometimes use a piece of paper that is suitable for ovens and fold it around the shrink plastic, like wrapping it up as you would wrap a present. The weight of the paper sometimes helps to prevent it from kneading.

      I hope this helps, good luck!

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  6. FANTASTIC idea. Can you please let me know what size ring is shown here, so that I can size up/down accordingly?

    I want to do an NYC set!!

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    1. Hi, the ring size is size 18. Sorry I forgot to mention this in the post :)

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  7. Yes, I wonder how one can know what size the template will be in the finished ring size? The plastic shrinks...and there should be some sort of ratio as to what the final ring size will be. How did you work out the proper size for your finger?

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    1. Hi, I am sorry I forgot to mention to tell my ringsize in the post. It is 18. Shrink plastic can vary though, so you might need to try it a couple of times.

      And I actually worked it out by making one ring in a size that I knew would be to big. I measured the shrink plastic before and after I placed it in the oven. And then calculated the right size from the failed attempt.

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  8. Cool! Love it! Well done Lana! Sharing! :)

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  9. Oooh it's so cool ! I love it ! I want to do an India set !

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  10. These are SO cute, I'm going to have my daughter and her friends make some during her 12th bday party! I plan to do a trial and error to get sizes right but where are you for size 18? I wnat to find a conversion to see what that would be for USA ring sizes to have a good starting point. I plan to buy some colored shrinky dink plastic. There is even black!! THANKS!! Julie

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    1. That sounds like such a fun party! And I love that you are going to use different colors!

      I looked the ring sizes up and one website says that a
      European ringsize: 18 is the same as a
      US size: 7,5

      I hope this helps! Have fun at the party!

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  11. Are these very hard or flexible? I've never played with shrink plastic before. I wonder where I could buy them locally- maybe toy stores?

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    1. they are not flexible. They turn into about 3 mm thick plastic. And I can only help you with local places to buy in Holland, sorry. But here they also sell it in toy stores, but it's a lot more expensive than buying it online (again, this is my experience with Dutch stores)

      Good luck!

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  12. Hi i was wondering how you cut these, every time i try the plastic breaks. My exacto knife doesn't cut all the way through so i have to bend it to break it on the perforations and then the whole ring breaks...

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    1. Hi! I am so sorry that it doesn't work. Just a quick question: Do you cut it before you place it in the oven? because afterwards it's to thick to cut.
      Shrink plastic usually isn't to thick to cut, I even use scissors sometimes(do be car full with those because they might crack the plastic). But a knife is better and more precise. I am sorry I can't help you more.. Good luck!

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  13. Lovely idea! So unique :)

    http://cafecraftea.blogspot.com

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Thank you! x Lana