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Tutorial: Pyrex Novelty Brooches

Sunday, August 17, 2014



how to make vintage pyrex novelty shrinky dink brooches


how to make vintage pyrex novelty shrinky dink brooches

Yesterday, I sat with my mom at the kitchen table and colored all day. It was like being five years old again. We were coloring Shrinky Dinks and I made some fabulous Pyrex brooches! These are so easy to make and truly require no artistic skills at all. If you can trace and color in the lines, you can make these. It's like having your entire dream Pyrex collection without spending a  fortune or needing the space to keep it all. Lets get started:

I used frosted rough and ready Shrinky Dinks for this project.

how to make vintage pyrex novelty shrinky dink brooches

Find your dream collection 
Do a Google image search for something like "vintage Pyrex" and collect images of your dream pieces. You can do stacks of Cinderella bowls, colorful fridge sets, single casseroles- whatever you like! Save the images to your computer

Since Shrinky Dinks shrink to about 1/3 the original size, make sure to find large enough images. These are about 4 by 3 inches


Coloring Time
Print the images and lay a sheet of Shrinky Dink film on top, tape in place.  Trace them with colored pencils. I used my mommas Prismacolor pencils. For the outline, I used greys, browns, navy or greens. You can certainly use black but I wanted to try different colors so the line wouldn't look too harsh

how to make novelty pyrex dish shrinky dink plastic brooches
 how to make novelty pyrex dish shrinky dink plastic brooches
 how to make novelty pyrex dish shrinky dink plastic brooches

On this fridge set, I included the highlights and shadows as shown in the photograph.

how to make novelty pyrex dish shrinky dink plastic brooches

I also printed out the word "Pyrex" in cute retro font to make dangly bits to be attached with jump rings. I think my letters turned out a bit too big so I'll have to re-do.

how to make novelty pyrex dish shrinky dink plastic brooches

cut out, punch holes and bake according to the instructions. Remember to use a large enough hole punch because your holes will shrink too.

We had so much fun watching these shrink. Mom, Olivia and I all gathered on the kitchen floor in front of the oven and watched as they curled up and flattened back out. Once they were all flattened, we counted down to 30 seconds and pulled them out to cool. The instructions call for you to put something on top of them as they cool for 15 seconds so we used a paper back cookbook that we had handy in the kitchen.

how to make novelty pyrex dish shrinky dink plastic brooches
how to make novelty pyrex dish shrinky dink plastic brooches
attach jump rings and a pin back. My pin backs have a trip of adhesive so you just peel and stick and it's done! You can also glue the pin backs on with some jewelry glue such as E6000

how to make novelty pyrex dish shrinky dink plastic brooches

how to make vintage pyrex novelty shrinky dink brooches

Shrinky Dinks can be colored with pens, stamps, colored pencils and some may even be used on an ink jet printer!

For more adorable novelty brooch projects, check out my e-book, Pins for Pin-Ups: DIY Brooches for Retro Girls

Pins for Pin-Ups: DIY Brooches for Retro Girls craft tutorial ebook by Va-Voom Vintage
 

13 Responses to “Tutorial: Pyrex Novelty Brooches”

  1. These are the cutest darn things, I think I'll look for shrinky dink paper (Or some #6 plastic; which is how I made shrinky dinks at a science event some years back), and try to make some once the weather cools some.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I hear that you can rough up that #6 plastic with sandpaper and color on it with colored pencils!

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  3. Wow! Memories flooding back. I'm pretty sure I remember making Care Bear shrinky dinks as a kid! Your Pyrex brooches are adorable and I'm so keen to play with shrinky dinks now!

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  4. These are great- I love shrinky dinks!

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  5. These pins are adorable. I've been wanting to make to some shrink art jewelry - I'll have to try this. I agree that that the Pyrex letters are a little big, but I kinda like the look.

    By the way... I've been reading your blog for a few months, but I think think this is my first time commenting. So, Hi! :-)

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  6. What lovely brooches :-) I've never actually used shrinky dink paper to make anything, but I think I will now!

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  7. Ok, that's adorable. I would never have thought to make brooches out of shrinky dinks (actually, to be honest, I don't know that I've ever played with shrinky dinks at all, so novel experience right there), and that's such a fun way to create something that's customized just for you.

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  8. How splendidly creative! These are off-the-charts adorable!

    ♥ Jessica

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  9. These are just wayyyyy cute!! I love this!! What a great idea!
    ~xoxo, CoriLynn

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  10. This is THE CUTEST PROJECT EVER. I haven't done shrinky dinks in, well, far too long. And I have a few of these pyrex pieces, so what a way to celebrate them!!! I must make these... and I'm tweeting it now so everyone else can experience the awesomeness of this tutorial.

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  11. These look great and sound such fun to make!

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  12. Too dang cute! I particularly love the one with the letter dangles. You know, I don't think I've ever made shrinky dinks... snow day project for this winter, perhaps?

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