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Recycled Plastic Cup Washer Necklace Fail

washer charm

by Tristin at Two Girls Being Crafty

Inspiration project: Recycled Plastic Cup Washer Necklace at Dollar Store Crafts

I tried making a recycled plastic washer necklace twice today–once in my convection oven and once in my traditional oven. Both times, I had issues with the plastic curling under instead of just “melting”. The cups I used were #6, but they’re cheapies from the dollar store. I think in this case, going cheap caused a fail. Just knowing how Solo cups feel heavier duty than the dollar store ones, I think they’d melt more evenly because they have better weight. Anyhoo–I picked up some Solo plastic cups and gave it another go. I was determined to make this work–because even my flops looked awesome!

recycled plastic washer charm fail

It seems the clear plastic dollar store variety did not do the trick!

washer charm comparison

But, I’m happy to report that Solo brand cups worked like a charm (how ’bout that pun?!) Check out the comparison here. Fail on the left, success on the right.

The clear #6 dollar store cups I had on hand melted in a fashion that suggested they couldn’t bear their own weight… but the Solo cups melted beautifully and flattening them with the cup made them perfect.

What was a flop yesterday is a success today!

4 Responses to Recycled Plastic Cup Washer Necklace Fail

  1. Faith says:

    THANK YOU for posting this! I was about to try that tutorial myself and appreciate the heads up.

  2. Leslie says:

    Thanks for sharing! I just found that tutorial yesterday and wanted to give it a shot! I just tried the Hefty cups that are similar to the Solo and they don’t work either. Out of curiosity I punched a hole in the top of the little center circle that you cut out of the bottom of the cup and put it in to melt. It made a cool little charm! I’m thinking I could try more circles or other smaller shapes that I could paint with my cups until I get the Solo ones.

  3. Andrew Cheng says:

    Thank for sharing your experience with us. The solo cup washer necklace you made (the successful one) looks awesome!

  4. Shannon says:

    I wish I would have read this, mine did the same thing and I used Kroger Brand cups. Name brand (Solo) next time if I want it to work.

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