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Friday 3 August 2012

Teeny Weeny Bombshells

Hi everyone- GlitteryKatie here!!
I recently had a play with shrink plastic and made a Bombshell charm. Well this got me thinking and I thought it would be fun to play with scale becuase I LOVE miniatures.

I thought it would be fun to have a mini mermaid in a bottle;

I also added some koi so the mermaid wouldn't be lonely;

You will need:
Staz-On Ink
Shrink plastic
Colouring pens or pencils that will work on a smooth surface
A small jar such as a spice jar, cleaned and dried
Some tiny gravel, sand or glitter
Fabric for a lid and some fibres to embellish
Clear glue
Glue mix (50% white glue + 50% water)
Prepare your jar

Do this stage first ahead of time as it takes a little time:
Sprinkle a little gravel or sand or glitter into the bottom of your jar and then drip some glue mix (50% white glue + 50%water) onto it and allow to dry.
Build the gravel layer up slowly allowing to dry between layers-the white glue will dry clear but because of the water it will soak into the gravel and bind it together nicely.
When you have a layer depth you are happy with you are ready to move on, although I added a sprinkling of glitter on the top of my last layer of gravel..well I AM GlitteryKatie!

Prepare your shrinky dink
Stamp your image onto the shrink plastic with Staz-On ink. Carefully colour in your stamped image.
Cut around the stamped image leaving a little edge.
Using your heat gun shrink the images and allow to coo.

Attaching your shrinky dinks.
I used two methods for attaching my shrinky dinks:
Firstly I used a lovely big blob of Glassy Accents (clear glue) on the surface of the gravel and carefully lower the mermaid shrinky dink into the blob of glue. 
I wedged the mermaid in place until the glue was dry.
Secondly I attached a wire through a little hole in the koi shrinky dinks to give the illusion of them swimming in the jar.

~Again I put a blob of Glossy Accents onto the gravel then pushed the wire into the glue. 
I wedged the koi in place until the glue was dry.

You can see the wire attaching the koi to the gravel here:

Embellishing the jar.
I added a few teeny pieces of moss to the jar, gluing them in place with Glossy Accents again to make little pieces of seaweed.

~I used a piece of fabric glued onto the top of the jar as a lid. I tied a few pretty fibres around the fabric and added a label.

~I added a piece of paper, aged with Distress inks and printed with a 'Mermaid' label around the base of the jar.

~So there you go that's how to make a miniature mermaid in a jar!
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and maybe you have some cool Bombshell projects that you've made with Shrink Plastic!

See you again soon!
Happy Crafting!
GlitteryKatie xxx


  1. A beautiful and inspiring creation! I love it!

    Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. fab mermaid creation I am also a lover of minature things so right up my street

  3. OH MY GOSH!! This is beyond AMAZING! love it so much. Thank you for the tutorial!!!!

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