Awhile back I went on a mad, obsessive, hunt for Shrinky Dinks. Not just any Shrinky Dinks, but ones that could be printed on. I found them at Michael’s (bless their hearts), and started some very expensive experimenting…(Shrinky Dinks don’t come cheap).
The general idea was to use Shrinky Dinks to create custom pendants…either from interesting images I’d found or scanned (from magazines, comics, newspapers, maps, whatever), Photoshop brushes, vector graphics, etc. For example:
…and then, incorporate them into jewellery designs, like this one:
I quite like octopuses…I think with all their tentacles, they’re very visually interesting.
So…what’s the verdict? Is this interesting and fun? Or lame and junky? Would you be willing to buy jewellery with Shrinky Dink components?
At that same Marché La Récré where I purchased earrings by Tatsuko, I got another pair of completely different (and completely beautiful) earrings from local Montrealer and metalsmith Norsola Johnson:
I spent quite some time at her booth, looking over the creations she describes as “a collection of daily whims and everyday jewellery”…Being me, I was particularly fond of the everyday pieces, especially the stardust and cosmos collections. These consist of little silver cups (with either an oxidized, polished or satin finish) filled with crystal clear resin containing silver dust. The effect is both beautiful, and somewhat of an optical illusion…because I swear it looks like you can touch the concave surface of the cup…but you can’t (because it’s filled with resin)… here’s a good example from Norsola’s Etsy shop.
In the end, I think because I loved the novelty of being able to touch the concave silver surface (!), I opted for an empty pair with a satin finish. I wear them a lot….like, almost everyday (they go with everything!).
Since I haven’t been crafting much of late, I thought I’d share what others have crafted…and which I have purchased (and love).
Welcome to the first installment of “Show & Tell” dedicated to local Montrealer Sandra Tatsuko, whom I had the pleasure of meeting at a very rainy Marché La Récré sometime in late August (I think). Specializing in Japanese inspired jewellery including some very adorable sushi jewellery, and beautiful paper goods, her primary materials are polymer clay and gorgeous chiyogami paper.
Having a thing for blue and green, I immediately fell in love with her Blue Blooms earrings with gold accents. So I bought them. They’re pretty, lightweight, and just the right size to be seen and appreciated, but not in the way.
To see more of Tatsuko’s beautiful Japanese-inspired creations, you can visit her shop, or if you’re a local (or from Edmonton!), check her out at a local holiday craft show…visit her blog for details.