We don't normally decorate for Halloween but this year I found this skeleton (photo) and couldn't resist buying it. It measures 50cm and is made of wood. Straight away, my mind went to thinking I might be able to replicate it on a smaller scale.
Like any good crafter would(!) I first went onto Pinterest to see if it had been done before. And I found this great post by Crafty Lady Abby who was making them to replace a pair of earrings. I used this for guidance, but ended up making a few changes:
- Shrink Plastic (I used Shrinkles in opaque white)
- Drawing Pens & Pencil
- Hole Punch
- An oven (a heat gun works too but I haven't got one!!)
- Jump Rings and Needle Nose Pliers
I found this image on Google Images and enlarged it to the size of the sheets (just smaller than A4).After printing it out, I was able to trace the image through the plastic. I traced each section separately, taking care to ensure I had enough space to punch a hole at the joints. The shrink plastic I used has a rough and shiny side. The rough side takes pencil and ink well, and I could even rub out my pencil lines (which I needed to do lots!)
I had to draw out a new ribcage & pelvis, and put in the correct numbers of holes and luckily this allows me to show you the before and after sizes...
Ooh he looks all glowy... What else could he be used for?!
We are linking up to these parties!
13th October 2013: Update - this post was featured here at Dream a little Bigger
He looks great this is another technique I am dying to try out.ReplyDelete
Thanks! Its so much fun! xxDelete
I'm a fan of printable shrink plastic myself. I'm impressed at how straight your skeleton has come out!ReplyDelete
Ooh I didn't know you could get printable stuff. One to add to my shopping list! xxDelete
Fabulous!!! I love working with shrink plastic.ReplyDelete
So much detail....ReplyDelete
It's amazing how it stays clearly defined! xxDelete
nice post! never used shrink plastic, bust I must try...ReplyDelete
You must! It's brilliant! xxDelete
So much fun!ReplyDelete
It really is Diana! xxDelete
Hahaha! I love this guy. Love him, love him, love him. Nice job!ReplyDelete
Thanks Allison! And thanks for the feature! xxDelete
Cute! I didn't know about the printable stuff. Thanks for linking up to Gingerly Made's Show & Tell party!ReplyDelete
Thanks Ginger! xxDelete