Folksy Ltd

Shrink plastic

(Kate Rattray) #1

I’m playing about with some shrink plastic for some jewelry and looking on Folksy I see some makers have some lovely shrink plastic jewelry. I see they are also quite thick, compared to my thin pieces. Could someone let me know please how they are getting thick pieces after shrinking? I am guessing the plastic is thicker in the first place but I can’t find any , any help please? Thank you :slight_smile:

(Sally Eira) #2

hi there - i think it is always the same thickness when you buy it in packs from shops - i have never seen different thicknesses.
The only thing some people use sometimes instead of the standard sheets are plastic boxes (type you keep food in).

(Sasha Garrett) #3

I had a discussion with someone on these forums about varnishing/ sealing shrink plastic designs - that would make them thicker than a non varnished piece.

(Sally Eira) #4

hi - i think it was me who raised the issue but varnishing it doesn’t really make much difference to thickness. Resin would make a difference and gives a domed effect.

I think it may be that people are using plastic boxes etc. instead of shop bought SP.

(Bizzy Liz) #5

Hi Kate, I always use Polyshrink Artist’s Grade Shrink Plastic, as it gives consistent results. The thickness is always uniform, about 1 to 1.5mm thick when shrunk. I think all of the brands of shrink plastic are similar thickness.

I think that some of the shrink plastic items look thicker, due to close-up photos.