Ordering a personalised keychain can be costly, although you may get a discount. However, that is only possible if bulk buying. And not everyone who needs a customised keychain needs to buy it in bulk. This is where custom made rubber stamps come in. With a piece of shrink plastic and your rubber stamp, you’ll be able to create a keychain for yourself and for others.
So, How Can I Make Keychains Using Shrink Plastics and Rubber Stamps?
Materials You Need:
- Rubber Stamp
- Ink Pad (Archival Ink and Solvent Ink Pads)
- Shrink Plastic
- Jump Rings or Strings
- Wax Paper
- 1/4 inch puncher (or larger)
- 2 Untextured Flat Surfaces
Step #1: Prepare the Shrink Plastic
Although you can still make your own keychain without having to buff the shrink plastic with sandpaper. However, buffing the shrink plastic first makes the ink from your rubber stamp, stick to the plastic better. Inks by nature, are resistant to glossy materials at some point. This is why even if the ink is made to be able to stick with glossy materials, the plastic needs to have a texture.
Step #2: Prepare Your Rubber Stamp
Shrink Plastics are not the only thing that you’ll be buffing in this project. It is important that you buff your rubber stamp as well especially because you need the ink to be able to stick on the rubber plate of your stamp. A buffed rubber stamp, if applied over a buffed plastic creates a clear and vivid image. And that should be your goal if you’re creating keychains out of shrink plastics. Shrink plastics are able to shrink 45% from its initial size, which means the large images and texts from your rubber stamp are going to shrink together with the plastic as well. I highly advise for you to use large craft stamps, DIY rubber stamps, or personalised rubber stamps that have large bold texts and large images.
Step #3: Apply Ink On Your Rubber Stamp
Now that you’re done with preparing your shrink plastic, and your rubber stamp, it’s time that you apply the ink on the rubber stamp. Dab the ink of your choice into the rubber stamp. Make sure that every part of your stamp’s rubber plate is covered with ink. Just remember, you don’t want your impressions on your plastic to be too wet, or it’ll take a while to dry, and there’s a huge chance that the image on your plastic will smudge.
Step #4: Start Stamping
With the ink covering the rubber plate of your rubber stamp. You can now start making stamp impressions on your shrink plastic. You can make as many images as you want, just remember, you want your impressions to be big in order for the images to be clearly seen even if the plastic shrinks sizes. If the colour of the impressions on your shrink plastic starts to fade out, do Step #3 again, until you’re satisfied with the number of impressions you have made on your plastic.
Step #5: Wait For the Ink To Dry
You don’t want your fingerprints all over your stamped image and ruin your DIY project. So wait up for minutes or seconds until the image is all dry. While waiting for your ink to dry, it’s best if you clean your stamps up. You don’t want the ink to be sticking in your rubber stamps for a long time.
Step #6: Cut The Plastic
After having to dry your shrink plastic, it’s time to cut your shrink plastics into your desired shape. If your stamp has a personalised border, you can follow that line. However, you may want to start cutting outside of the lined border. Doing this makes the finished look of your keychain neat and clean. Another thing is that you must leave a space in cutting for your keychain hole. I highly suggest that you use a 1/4 inch puncher or something more significant. You’ll be having a hard time slipping the jump rings or string by the time the plastic shrinks.
Step #7: Prepare Your Tray
Before heating your plastic up. Line your tray with a parchment paper/ wax paper to prevent your plastic from sticking on your tray by the time the plastic is heated. Then place your plastics on the tray, remember to face the imprinted part up, or the ink will transfer to the wax paper.
Step #8: Heat Your Oven Up
After preparing your tray of shrink plastics, heat your oven up, preferably 325 °F or 165 °C. Place the tray inside the oven and wait for your shrink plastic to shrink.
Step #9: Cool it Down
If your plastics are done shrinking, take the plastics out from your over. Beware that the plastics are hot so you want to be careful with that. After the plastics have cooled down for a bit, smush it in between 2 flat objects. You have to make sure that the object where you’re putting your shrink plastics in between do not melt and does not have a texture. You want your shrink keychain to be looking neat and clean. This is the part where you insert the jump ring on the hole of your keychain. If you don’t have a jump ring, you can use threads instead.
Being able to create your own keychains makes organising better. You can label each key you use for your home, for your car, for your locker, or whatever keys you have. Personalising your own keychains does not mean you have to spend a lot of cash. You can just grab your own rubber stamp, get yourself a shrink plastic and a personalised keychain is on its way.
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Teacher stamps are greatly useful and efficient for doing different marking jobs in your classroom.
The teaching profession is one of the most challenging, not to mention exhausting job, there is. Because your children are unique, you have to look after different faces and different personalities every single day. You need to be ready and equipped with the essential tools such as teacher stamps to manage your homeroom or classroom. Teachers work almost all day every day, giving your best of best abilities to instil knowledge and learnings to your students.
With all these classroom management tasks, we imagine teachers to be well-organised and productive. Thankfully, organisation and productivity are made trouble-free when you have tools, like teacher rubber stamps! They are fun, handy and your students will love it. If you still don’t have a rubber stamp for your classroom chores, you might want to consider buying one. Teacher stamps are greatly useful and efficient for doing different marking jobs in your classroom. You can use it several times, they are durable and can save you from the hassle of doing things over and over again, such as putting a “GOOD JOB!” mark on assignments or other further remarks. Here are other ways you can take advantage of teacher stamps for managing your classroom:
Sending messages or remarks to parents/guardians
Stamps can be customised to contain short and uniform messages you can use to ask for a parents signature or tell them of a missed homework or project. Or simply a template you can stamp on your student’s papers and books and fill out later on.
Motivating your students
There are a wide variety of motivational stamps that teachers can use to mark homework, quizzes and activities. Teachers stamps can contain fun images, shapes and letterings like “Keep up the Good Work” and other constructive feedbacks. This can help motivate students to do better next time and keep up the good work.
Put in post-it stamps for Reminders
If you are a teacher, your day surely includes repetitively reminding your students about tasks, being quiet and returning things to their proper places. With stamps, you can easily mark post-its and place it strategically around your classroom, to serve as little reminders for your students. You can also use post-its to organise your books and paper stacks.
One of the most tiring things that teachers do is checking and marking a pile of artworks, homework and seatwork. It’s tedious and exhausting. Fret no more! You can use rubber stamps and save yourself from having cramps from doing the tedious job of marking papers again and again. Now you can do these tasks fast and fun. Why write when you can stamp?
Keep your things
Books and other learning materials are always a part of your classroom. Teachers are always borrowing books from each other, and there are times when you need to let your students bring it home. And it’s utterly frustrating to see your classroom drained by all the unreturned books. And parents are also caught up with guessing who owns the book their kids have brought home and end up not bothering to return it. You can use rubber stamps to put your name in your books and other learning materials so that students and other teachers can quickly return it to you.
It’s always a long day in the classroom, and you can always start it off by making a to-do list. This may include your tasks and goals (daily, weekly or monthly) or you can also involve your class and start listing the things that everyone needs to do before the day ends. Throughout the day, tick off the lists all the accomplished tasks one by one with your custom rubber stamps.
Keep the kids busy
Stamps are your best friend when it comes to keeping your kids busy inside the classroom. Self-inking stamps are great to play with or make artworks with because there will be no ink pads to get messy. It’s better to use washable inks if you are considering putting stamps to the craft and play centre of your classroom.
Giving feedbacks and reflections
Because stamps are incredibly customisable, you can choose to put feedback templates and reflections so you won’t have to write the same things over and over again.
Other useful classroom organisational tips:
- Store your materials in clear containers and make sure to label everything. This makes everything pleasing to the eyes and more accessible to find for both your and the kids in the classroom.
- Put your decorations in one container. You can make DIY giant folders by folding large, coloured papers and stapling it on the sides. This way, you can put your decorations together in one bin for easier sorting.
- Always have an icebreaker in store for the kids. There are times when you can’t get a hold of everyone, and it seems to be a great day for everybody to slack. You can always use an icebreaker to perk everybody’s attention.
- A creative and engaging lesson is always a great help. Since kids are notoriously known for having short attention spans, teaching and classes might cause them to get bored and start walking around creating a snowball effect of chaos. Creative, engaging and playful lessons are ways to prevent this from happening.
- Use hand signals and gestures for the class. When your kids are starting to move around and get noisy, it’s useful to use hand signals and direct eye contact to tell them that they are misbehaving. You can also use routines for your class to follow like flickering the lights to signal that they need to submit their works or other activities.
Teaching is indeed one of the noblest professions. It’s fun, but sometimes it can be tiring. As teachers, you can always use a handful of ideas and tricks to simplify your everyday routines. Dealing with students is not an easy task, but you can still make other tasks simpler, for both you and your kids in the class.
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