Later on, after reading Tim's blog a couple of times and watching his video on shrink plastic and UTEE, I felt ready to begin. This is a technique I've wanted to try for a very long time. Well, you know that warning, "be careful what you wish for......" I'm just sayin'.
To be fair, clearly Tim was NOT trying this for the first time last night. There is a definite learning curve, but if you follow the directions in the video you'll eventually get something. If you don't have a melting pot or UTEE, you can use shrink plastic the usual way and you'll get a chunky embellishment, but it won't have that smooth, glassy look that the UTEE gives.
I used the two little snowflakes and the ornaments on my tag, but believe me I did lots more than that. In fact, I used up an entire sheet of shrink plastic. Some of the results are destined for the land fill. One thing I noticed....Tim had no trouble releasing the still hot pieces from the metal tweezers he used to lift them out of the pot. Me......my UTEE piece and tweezers were united for all eternity, and I had to re-melt them again and again just to release them, which resulted in.....pieces you will not be seeing on this blog. But I will say that once color was added a lot of the flaws seemed to disappear, and I was left with only noticing how nice and glossy the pieces were.
Tim used a retro Santa for the stamped portion of the tag, and I much prefer vintage, so I went that way. I thought he needed a little bling, so I added some stickles and crystals. And you can see how shiny the ornaments are.
The mini snowflakes actually came out the best, but then again, they were the last ones I tried.
Here are two that were fairly successful, but just didn't work on this tag:
And to leave you with a laugh, what follows is a perfect example of what happens when you ignore Tim's warning NOT to try to trim the cooled off and hardened piece with scissors.
Bad photography aside, this poor little reindeer lost all four legs and a tail. He actually looks better blurry.
Only one tag to go, and then what am I supposed to do at 3:00am??? And no, I'm not taking suggestions on that.