A-Shrink-Uh Dink-Uh

Back before Hafuboti was even a glimmer in my eye, I had considered opening a completely different Etsy shop featuring my Shrinky Dink book cover creations.  However, the logistics and legality staggered me.  I just couldn’t figure out if I would be able to do what I wanted to do while maintaining my sanity.  I also couldn’t figure out if I could “get away with” what I wanted to do legally.  I’m very much a supporter of the free culture movement, but the law is what the law is (for now) and I try and respect that.  Therefore I don’t sell these anymore – they’re only for me or friends (sorry).  And if you’re the artist/owner of any of these here images that I’ve posted, then please contact me if you want me to remove them – I will completely respect that.

All that said, there was a time where I was living WAY below the poverty line, and I was selling some of these bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and custom orders in order to eat and have gas for my car to get to my day job (a barista at a cafe in New Orleans).  The Twilight jewelry truly helped me to be able to afford to eat for a couple of weeks (PB sandwiches – woohoo!).  I’m not a fan of the series, but I will be forever grateful to the artist who designed those covers.  So if you happen to be that artist, then thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me out during such a difficult time in my life.

So, I thought I’d share with you my previous crazy-dream.  Each of the non-silver charms is a Shrinky Dink (I’m stunned at how many people I meet who don’t know what that is), and is hand-drawn by little ole me.  They start off small and just get smaller.  See? They’re in this picture from a previous post and you probably didn’t even notice them on the wrist of the model hand.  Am I right?  I love doing them, and I love giving them as gifts, but they’re just not feasible for market.  But that won’t stop me from showing off (cuz I’m dang proud of them)!

If you have any questions about how I made them (because there are a few tips and tricks that I learned along the way), then don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments or via email.  Like any free culture-type person, I’d rather share how/what I do than be all stingy/greedy and hurt our cultural development.  If there’s enough interest, then I could even do a tutorial for an individual charm.

Next Time: I haven’t the foggiest. We’ll all be surprised!

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