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This geometric thread brooch is perfect for adding interest to a plain outfit
Shrink plastic is such a great medium to work with, but you don't just have to the option to draw or stamp on it. By punching holes before shrinking you can use embroidery thread to create any pattern you want.

Posted by Make and Fable from Nottingham, England, United Kingdom • Published See Make and Fable's 9 projects »
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  • How to make a shrink plastic brooch. Thread And Shrink Plastic Brooch - Step 1
    Step 1

    Use a cup or mug that has a rim of approx 8.5cm to draw a circle onto your shrink plastic. Cut it out and punch a series of 7 holes at equal distances around the edge. Don’t worry too much about being neat, shrink plastic is very forgiving!

  • How to make a shrink plastic brooch. Thread And Shrink Plastic Brooch - Step 2
    Step 2

    Shrink according the manufacturers instructions using either a domestic oven or heat tool. Once shrunk, the brooch should measure about 4cm.

  • How to make a shrink plastic brooch. Thread And Shrink Plastic Brooch - Step 3
    Step 3

    Using a permanent or paint marker colour the edge of the plastic and leave to dry.

  • How to make a shrink plastic brooch. Thread And Shrink Plastic Brooch - Step 4
    Step 4

    Thread your needle with about 75cm of thread and begin to stitch from one hole to another. leave a loose tail of thread to tie off later.

  • How to make a shrink plastic brooch. Thread And Shrink Plastic Brooch - Step 5
    Step 5

    I choose a random, non-symmetrical pattern, but you can create more regular patterns too-if you don’t like a shape you can always pull the thread out and start again!

  • How to make a shrink plastic brooch. Thread And Shrink Plastic Brooch - Step 6
    Step 6

    Once you are happy with your design, bring the thread to the back and tie the ends together. Mix up a small amount of epoxy glue and use to attach the brooch back. Allow to dry.

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