This butterfly was made during of the weekend shrink plastic project with my son. I wanted to try an image with a bit more detail, so my son choose the butterfly from one of the Martha Stewart cake cartridges to make a key chain for his Nana.
Because the inner & outer edges of the wings were different thicknesses, the wings of the butterfly curled a lot as they shrank. At one point during the shrinking process, the wings were completely rolled up.
Once I pulled the butterfly out of the toaster oven, I noticed that the inside of the wings was quite a bit thinner than I was expecting. All of the other plastic words & images were almost perfectly proportioned after shrinking, so I wasn’t expecting that.
The butterfly was painted with diluted Jacquard Lumiere paints (Halo Pink-Gold, Pewter & Pearl Turquoise).
- 4.0″ <Buterfly> Martha Stewart Elegant Cake Art pg. 48
- Cricut Cutting Machine
- Cricut Marker
- Shrink Plastic
- Paint supplies (brush, water, paper towels, etc)
- Jacquard Lumiere paint (Halo Pink-Gold) – diluted with water
- Jacquard Lumiere paint (Pewter) – diluted with water
- Jacquard Lumiere paint (Pearl Turquoise) – diluted with water
- Toaster Oven (follow instructions for shrink plastic)
- Oven mitts
- Wooden dowel or other heat resistant tools
- Embossing mat or other heat resistant surface for cooling shrink