Lace shrinks too!

Lace shrinks too!

Hi there.
Thanks for popping in.
Was clearing away yesterday’s mess on my desk, so I could do today’s blog, and the shrink plastic from yesterday beckoned to me again….
It occurred to me that perhaps we can shrink lace too…
So I got out the round Gelpress Petite and a couple of Archival ink pads, brayered some ink onto the round which is mounted on its little Megamount,
then placed the lace swatch over the shrink plastic sheet, 
and press the inky plate down onto the lace directly. 
So the question is, will the lace lose its detail when we shrink it?
Drew round a pot with a thick pen and a thin pen, to see which one was better (thin)
and cut the rounds out with scissors.
Punched holes into them with my croc, 
just because they will be more useful that way,
and then shrank them with a heat gun.
Where’s Dean Wilson when you need him?!?
I prefer the lighter one, so I’ll just carry on with that one.
See how much it has shrunk? Brilliant
Just in case you’re not into shrink, look: 
here’s the lace printed onto a little card tag.
This side’s done as on the shrink,
the other side’s done by just flipping the tag over, and placing the Gelpress Petite back down on it, to print off what was left on it from the original print. 
Very very cool.
Found an old earring loop and added a bead.

What impresses me is that the detail of the lace is not compromised in the least – even when it’s shrunk so radically.
If anything, it gets sharper.
Time to stop for the day.
Here are the links to the ingredients I used:
Love & Hugs,

27 thoughts on “Lace shrinks too!

  1. That is absolutely amazing I would never have thought of that in a million years and I'll certainly have a go when we get home. Grandsons back at school tbis week so two more days of school run (well- walk) and then we'll be off home again xx

  2. I had a complete mental block the other day about using my lace and gelli together. Couldn't remember if I put the lace on top of the gelli and then flipped it over or put the lace on the card and then printed the gelli through it. Thank goodness for the blog as I did a quick search and my prayers were answered. Love that your blog has such a useful archive of information for such occasions! Great idea for the project today. XX

  3. Hi Barb,
    Like Chris, I would never have thought of doing this! The lace works so well, I'm impressed. Really must dig out my shrink plastic and petites and give this a go. Love and hugs Alison xx

    1. Hi bloggy friends,
      Well, it was off to the gym for the first time for a week and a half and boy was I knackered! Hopefully swimming won't be as tiring tomorrow ( please!!!) . Hope everyone is ok, sending love and hugs to you all, Alison xxx

  4. Maybe you could do a few more of the crumpled variety and turn them into flowers? They could come in handy in a few months. I am really looking forward to seeing more shrink plastic videos. I still have the other two on my Kindle for when I want cheering up. I still have not had the courage to do it with a heat gun, and will stick to my fan oven. Meanwhile,I must go and sieve my kefir, even if it is still sulking, and only producing half a teaspoon so far. xxx Maggie

  5. How pretty and as you say Barbara the lace pattern becomes more distinct and the colour gets brighter. Definitely must get mine out and make a topper for a card. x

  6. Hi Barbara
    Isn't this pretty, I must find my shrink plastic and some lace and have a play. Wow they will be some statement earrings wouldn't they. Now you know you showed us that pretty lace the other day, how wild would that be, matching lacy earrings! The only trouble is you don't want aninky stain on that dress so you! Haha.
    Love Diane xxx

  7. Hello Barb, I love it when you decide to play or experiment or do some R & D. It always turns out something lovely. Love the round piece with the lace, but the tag is equally beautiful. Must get my shrink plastic out. Take care all. Bx

  8. Brilliant Barb – I'd no idea we could shrink lace so it still looks right. Will be doing some 'shrinking' later today and it'll be fun to experiment! Thank you! x

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