Making your own nameplate necklace is easier than you might suspect. You may not have the equipment needed to make a metal or acrylic nameplate necklaces (you would need an expensive laser cutting machine), but you can used shrinkable plastic such as "Shrinky Dink," or just a piece of No. 6 plastic to make your nameplate pendant. It is very easy to make your own nameplate necklace and customize it the way you want. All you need are a few inexpensive household items.
Things You'll Need
- No. 6 plastic
- Sand paper
- Colored pencil
- Utility knife
- Hole punch
- Parchment paper
- Cookie sheet
- Conventional oven
- Heavy book
- Jump rings
Open a word processing program and type your name in the font that you would like. Make sure that the size of the word is four times larger than what you want your nameplate pendant to be and print it out on to a regular sheet of paper. Alternatively, you can make your name stencil by drawing it by hand. Cut the stencil out with your scissors.
Remove the lid from a plastic strawberry container and make sure there is the number "6" somewhere on the container with the recycling arrow symbol around it. Number six plastic works the same as "Shrinky Dink" plastic, but you can go out and buy some if you would rather do that. Place the stencil you cut out on the flat part of the plastic and trace around the edge with a fine-tipped permanent marker.
Sand the front of the plastic with a piece of sand paper to make a rough surface. Color the inside of your name with the colored pencils. The rough surface you created with the sand paper will hold the pigment.
Cut around the outside edge of your name with a pair of scissors. If you have spaces on the inside that need to be cut out, lay it on a hard surface and use a sharp utility knife to carefully remove these pieces. Use a stand hole punch to make a hole on either side of your name, about three millimeters from the top edge.
Preheat your oven at 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet and lay your name on it. When your oven is fully heated, put the cookie sheet on a middle rack. Keep an eye on it and when it is done curling and becomes flat again, it is done shrinking. The time it takes to shrink depends on how large your nameplate is.
Remove the cookie sheet from the over and wait about five minutes for the plastic to cool. If the edges are still a little warped, place the plastic under a heavy book on a flat surface until it is completely cool. Slip a jump ring through the holes on either side of your name place and attach them to a chain.
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