This was inspired by something I used to do when I was a kid, make bracelets out of fishing tackle (specifically a barrel swivel). You can buy these anywhere they sell fishing gear - I paid 99cents for a pack of 12 and didn't even use them all.
I combined that with my love of faux shrinky dinks from #6 plastic (previous instructable here or check out my Shrinky Dinky Test Lab experiments) for a fun, updated twist!
Of course, bracelets aren't the only thing you can do with this -- you could make drop earrings, necklaces, bead curtains, or whatever! This would also be a great project for kids to do, I could see this at a pre-teen girl birthday party...
So, if you like this, be sure to rate it!
And if you try this, or a derivation thereof, I'd love to see it ... come find me at Dabbled.org
Step 1: Materials
#6 Plastic - The thin clear kind marked with a 6 in the recycling triangle. No, not the Styrofoam #6 or any other number. I save to-go boxes, boxes from the bakery section of the grocery store, and so forth every time I see a #6 on it! Also, #6 is not recyclable in many cities recycling programs, so it usually ends up in a landfill somewhere. And that's no fun!
A package of brass barrel swivels, found in your fishing supply section of your local discount store or whereever they sell fishing tackle. They come in various sizes (I used #10 for this example, which was 12 in a pk), and it took about 7 for my (small) wrist.
Sharpie markers -- I used red, orange, and magenta.
A hole punch
A circle punch (something like this - you can find in craft or scrapbooking stores)
...or you can cut out the larger circle with scissors, its just more tedious.
Acrylic Top Coat spray