This was so fun to make and would be an easy Father’s Day, Birthday, or Christmas gift for dad! I found blank cuffs at Hobby Lobby for $1.99 for a pair but I bought them during a sale so mine were 50% off. There were only 1 kind of blank cuffs available, they there silver and 12 mm with a ridge to it. I had done some research prior to buying these and I found that were were some Etsy sellers who had them in bulk or pairs (ranging from $6 a pair or $30 a bulk) and some jewelry supply stores online not far off that Etsy range. I could not find any jewelry supply stores near me, and Michael’s did not carry it. (Just an FYI for you… Moving on…)
I purchased Shrinkee Dink paper at Hobby Lobby- it was cheaper than Michael’s or JoAnn’s at $4.99 a package of 8 and I used my 40% off coupon. Shrinkee Dink paper will shrink the image to a third of its size. So I knew if I had 12mm cuffs, I need x3 that size for image (at least).
At first, I attempted printing onto the shrinkee dink paper from my printer. Apparently, my printer is too fast because it smeared the ink on the paper. So I drove down to Office Depot and tried to print there. Their machine was better but still too fast. Lucky for me, they didn’t charge me since I was not satisfied with the results.
Really, the problem was the edging of the photos I was trying to do. So when I got home, I thought “hey, might as well try just cutting off the parts that bled”. So that’s what I did! But here is a picture of a couple of the pictures that DIDN’T bleed:
Once I had cut one sheet of Shrinkee Dink, I followed the package instructions which said to place on a paper bag on a cookie sheet and bake at 325* for 1-3 minutes (took mine exactly 2 minutes). Unfortunately, my paper bag was not flat so it crinkled my shrinkee dinks! (craftastrophic!)
Round two I used just my flat cookie sheet and although they came out flat, they stuck a little to the pan so I had to use a tooth pick to peel it off.
Once they’ve cooled (30 seconds or so) I used my strong adhesive to bond them to the blank cuff.