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Yea or Nay: Shrinky Dink Pendants?

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?


San Marco: A Pretty Gurl Bijoux Prototype

To celebrate the opening of a new store a few months ago, my favourite bead store had a 50% off sale on everything at all of their locations (they seem to be doing quite well for themselves and are now up to six locations in and around Montreal).

I took it as an opportunity to buy supplies I wouldn’t normally purchase, for projects I really wasn’t sure would work out. Among my purchases were a whole pile of flat metallic filigree-type discs which I envisioned connecting together in some way, creating a breast plate, of sorts…truthfully, my vision wasn’t too clear at the time.

Here’s what I came up with:

Not quite a breast plate…it’s not dense enough, but it is still quite a large piece…interspersed with the gold-coloured metal discs are bright blue and metallic crystal tyre beads.

The chains are a hodgepodge of old and new gold and gold-ish chains, put together with a vintage clasp bought from Black Tulip Designs at last year’s bead expo in Montreal:

I’ve christened this piece “San Marco” after St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice which is just filled with gold mosaics, interspersed with beautiful glints of colour…as far as new designs are concerned, I think it’ll be a beautiful addition to my Byzantium collection.

What do you think? Could you see a piece like this, or similar, fitting into your wardrobe?