Geometric Lace Jewelry Using Shrink Plastic
Here's how to make these fun and fashionable geometric lace earrings and necklace in just a few simple steps! Using heat-shrink plastic, you can make your own homemade jewelry easily!
- Metallic Spray Paint Gold
- Gold jump rings
- Gold chain
- Gold earring hooks
- Gold necklace closures
- Jewelry pliers
Use Cricut Design Space to resize and shape the hexagon cut file.
For shrink plastic, I used the setting for card stock as it is about the same thickness. However, I had to set the machine to cut 3 times over the same area. The settings are all available when you are using Cricut Design Space™. First thing is to get to the design space, install all plug-ins, etc. Then insert the hexagon image into your space. One sheet will fit at least 6 hexagons of this size.
I did NOT resize the hexagons when inserting them into the design space. You can duplicate the hexagons now or when you cut you can tell the machine to cut multiple images. I cut three at a time. I would then work on removing all of the little bitty triangles from the three I had cut while the other three are being cut out (flip the shrink plastic sheet on the mat to do it this way).
Be sure to click to set your cut settings and be sure to choose 3X before starting to cut. This is important for the shrink plastic.
Cut, then shrink the geometric jewelry pieces.
Cut as many of these shapes as you need to make your geometric lace jewelry. Then shrink them in the oven for about 5 minutes (follow the directions on your package).
Watch your items carefully when shrinking. They should never curl up and touch each other. If they do, use a heat resistant glove and push them back apart then continue to shrink. You don't want to remove from the oven until they are completely flat and the thickness of a nickel.
Time to paint and assemble your geometric jewelry!
Take your shapes outside and give them a few light coats with a metallic gold spray paint. Allow to dry completely then flip over and spray the opposite side as well. Once these are completely dry you can continue.
Gather your jewelry making supplies in gold.
Use jump rings to attach the shrink plastic pieces together then attach each end to a chain. Attach a closure to complete your necklace.
Use a jump ring to attach two shrink plastic pieces to earring hooks.
Your geometric lace jewelry is now complete and ready to wear.