Tuesday 7 January 2014

How to: Make Food Packaging Jewellery

Ok, I know how weird this sounds, but I like to make jewellery from recycled food packaging. It's very easy to do, and the best part is watching your food packaging shrink in the oven (strangely mesmerising). It's also a great way of recycling left over plastic food packaging, especially if, like me, you definitely feel like you've overdone the sweets and chocolate in the past few weeks.

You Will Need:
  • An oven
  • Plastic food packet (make sure it doesn't have any foil lining)
  • Jewellery findings of your choice
First up, pre-heat your oven to about 160 degrees Celsius.

Select your food packaging. Use anything you like - I'm using some Cadbury Button packets, but crisps would work good too (Space Invaders, anyone?). Just make sure that your packaging is reasonably clean, and is 100% plastic - any foil parts don't work good (and release nasty fumes).

If you want to make a necklace, use a hole punch to make a hole at the top.

Place your packet on some foil, before placing in your preheated oven. Watch it as it melts and shrinks down to a smaller size.

Carefully remove your packet from the oven, and leave to cool. Now, you can use it as you want to. I've glued a brooch back onto this one, but the possibilities are endless.

Now, you're finished (easy, huh?). I can guarantee that once you've tried this, you'll be desperate to melt more food packets in your oven.

Let me know if you try this!

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