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i only found out about shrinky dinks recently!! i couldn't resist and bought a few sheets of the plastic and a toaster oven, just to bake these things... omg they are so FUN!! it's so amazing to see them curl up and flatten out! if you have kids, this is awesome for them!
but it's so hard to control the colors and everything >__<;; i can't find a good clear coating for them too.. though the colors are quite permanent, i thought it would be better. i've tried clear lacquer and clear nail polish, but both will ruin the colors and make them run.
i'm not sure what to do with them either... keychain? handphone acessory? bookmark? XD

shrinky1 by sandara  shrinky2 by sandara  shrinky3 by sandara

anyone have any advice? :D
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yashodoa Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Dont know if any one suggested this to you yet...
For color - use prismacolor coloring pencil or sharpie markers (I use both).
Coating - I take masking tape, put the uncolored side (the side you didn't color) down on the sticky side and make sure it's smoothed over so good until there's no bubbles around the edge, then lay them out and spray them with clear spray paint. After they dry, peel the tape off and voila, you're done.
I use shrinky-dink to make earrings and I've sold quiet a lot in my community last year for holidays. FYI - phone charm was also an idea of mine but bad, because I've lost few due to them being broken off. Earrings and bookmarks are better idea. Even pins. If they come out wrinkled, bake them a little bit longer, they will smooth out. I had similar experince in the beginning that everything I had was curled up and wrinkly, they were in middle of shrinking in the oven which is why they came out that way. I go 275 degree with good minute and half.
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NikolitaNiko Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've never done them before, but I've heard of them. :o Wish I knew how to make them though!
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straydemon62 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Hobbyist
ummmm how do i get those?
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l1ghtchas3r Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
GAH! I know this may have been asked but I'm having net problems and want to ask this before it starts again..

WHERE DID YOU GET THOSE?!?!? I WANTS! XD
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sindra Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
They have the clear embossing powder on the skrinky-dink site that's supposed to gloss them over. Is that what you were thinking?


Awesome stuff you have here. Do you just draw on the clear plastic, color, then shrink? Or have you tried the printable stuff at all? I've been trying to figure out how to make pins of video gaming characters without success!
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Katalyhnah Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Totally buying some of that to play with. Craftz -nomnomnom-
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Shadow-Wolf-9 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
where do you find the shrink plastic:?
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neondragon Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009
It just so happens that I'm actually using printable shrink art film to make cel phone charms as I write this. (been getting my craft on for the holidays!)

What I do is to use a coat of spray acrylic sealer on the front and back of the baked shrinky dink.

Then, to make it shiny (and thicker) I use diamond glaze on the front and back. It dries as crystal clear acrylic. Very pretty! [link]
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sandara Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009
ohh! thank you for the tips! :D

yeah i bought the acrylic sealer.. now i will get some diamond glaze and try that.

i bet your dragon charms look amazing! :D (hint hint please post some pics!)
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neondragon Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
I was looking at your latest shrinky dink upload, and I'm wondering if diamond glaze might be overkill, haha. Your shrink art seems naturally very shiny. (though if you want a glass-like shine, a small amount of diamond glaze definitely gets the job done!) It creates an incredibly smooth, glossy surface, though it can be tricky to work with as removing bubbles and keeping it from spilling over the edges can be a challenge! I would put a generous drop on the side of the shrinky that I wanted to glaze, then used a toothpick to work it around the surface until it was a nice even coat.

I'll try and get some charm photos up soon. I'm waiting on my lanyards to arrive :-) They're okay looking, but it's not the same thing as what you're doing. You're creating lovely original artworks with yours! I merely used my home printer to print off existing artwork and shrank it down to cel phone charm size.
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sandara Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
yeah, i think i put too much glaze on it. it's so hard to control, because the things are so small, and well, i was curious to see how thick it can go. yeah the bubbles are killer! thanks for telling me about the toothpicks... it hadn't occurred to me to do that XD

thank you! :D
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neondragon Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
Oh, no no! I didn't think you overkilled your shrinky dinks. I thought that what you uploaded was the shrinky dinks without diamond glaze. I was thinking "Wow, if that's what they look like normally, then diamond glaze on top of that is redundant!"

Sorry for the confusion!
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sandara Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
ohh! XD but you are right though, the glaze IS very thick and not to mention the horrible bubbles i failed to get rid of. :D
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neondragon Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
I didn't even notice any bubbles from the photos you posted, so they must not have been very big. I thought that they looked really good :-)

Sometimes if you wipe the toothpick clean of glaze, then roll it around in the area of glaze where the bubble is, you can pick it up. This goes for small bubbles too.

Here are the charms I've made so far: [link]

Seeing your shrink art makes me want to try doing some hand drawn ones. They're so pretty.
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sandara Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
oohh! they're so lovely!
makes me wish they sell the printable types here! >__<;;

i will try to toothpick thing on those pesky little bubbles, thanks for the tip! :D
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neondragon Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009
The acrylic spray fixes the ink in place. Always do that first. The diamond glaze may cause the ink to bleed if you put it directly on the shrinky dink.
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Elswyth Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009
Those are really awesome! But now the inner five year old in me is telling me to go out and try it! ^^
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AsryaKino Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009
Same suggestion. Clear acrylic spray from an art store. I used it on my painted wooden runes and my painted stone runes. Works pretty well and does a decent job,
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Goddess-of-Time Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009
Oh these are wonderful!! (and cute xDD)
I used to adore shrinky-dinks when I was younger =)
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avf666sgirl Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009   Photographer
so cute!
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auqifx Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009
awesome
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hmmm, I've never used shrinky dinks, but I would imagine that a spray-on varnish would work pretty well, sice you dont have to brush it on, and therefore smudge the colours...I'd give sprays a try.
Those are really cute, I wonder if I can get some shriky dinks in Australia...*googles*
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Eonity Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I could use these as keychains if I could get hold of them; that wolf and dragon ones look really great to me.
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CoconutDragon Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
I always remember using plain old pencil crayons when I was a kid, cause the colours stayed the same :D
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kylarynn Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
Hmm... you could create hooks for them and dangle them on a window for the light to catch.
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MagicallyCapricious Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
there's some clear spray you can prolly use that dries like resin.

I don't think it runs, my mom uses it for her gourds so I bet it'll work on shrinky dinks.

COOL THOUGH! :O
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MagicallyCapricious Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
and also

i want some D:
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Sniper1990 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
Holey Moses! I haven't heard of or seen these things in years!!
I think you have just inspired me to go out and get me some!

but yeah as for what I will do with my creations after... I have NO idea xD but meh it's going to be Fantastic to just make some and have some fun :P hehe
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CircuitDruid Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
good for children my left foot...
protective sealant = hairspray for the most part ^.^ so im not sure how good that would be.

as for colours I think your stuck with it, heat glazes always discolor drastically in pottery, and your doing essentially the same thing. Try what the potters do ;) do a big colour test and use it as a reference.

no ideas with the lacquer though. I suppose you could try hairspray then a spray lacquer. I seem to remember those things being a little powdery and the hairspray might help as a fixative first. worth a shot I guess if nothing else is working.
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Crausse Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
:iconsuiker-panda: Does alot of shrinky dinks, so she might be able to help with the sealing issue.
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Squiggy-94 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Student General Artist
I did a shrikydink when I was really little, like in second grade. I cried because mine shrank to a centimeter round blob. Everyone else laughed at me. Then some other kid gave me his! We've been best friends ever since! :)
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buru-neko Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
I remember shrinky-dinks when I was a kid! They were really popular back then, but I can't remember having ever had them. It was just too long ago...
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Insaneaphobe Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
accessories for phones and stuff.
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Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
i remember shrinky dinks, i used to see commercial of them all the time when i was younger, i wanted it, but my mom said no because she thought i make a hell of a mess with it.
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ninniku Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconvaoni: does some shrinky dink work. Check out her catfish and catfishette designs in her jewelery gallery. I couldn't find it looking through her stuff, but I thought I remembered reading that she sealed them with something. You could ask her if you can't come up with anything yourself.
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MiharuAkimoto Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Student
You could make a whole lot of them and sell them as keychains etc..:3
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silverbeam Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
oh and what about trying a spray that won't run for a clear coating? I don't know really...
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silverbeam Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Lovely! keychains or even earrings would be fun. pins would be good if you glued them onto a pin backing....charms would work too....


anyway, cool!
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reyoflight Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
Shrinky dinks, light brights, Etch-O-Sketch, tinker toys--all great products from our childhoods to make art from!! Have fun and thanks for the inspiration to go back to our childhoods.
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zoombeanie Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Student Artist
:icona-little-kitty: has a tutorial on shrinky dinks: [link]

I hope that helps some ^^
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sandara Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
thank you so much!! :D
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zoombeanie Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Student Artist
No problem ^^ I hope it helps
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savagedryad Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Professional General Artist
I remember playing with these as a kid too. One thing I remember is that we had some special colored pencils that came with the kit. In fact in my bin of colored pencils I think I still HAVE a couple of the pencils. They just say "shrikydink" on the side.
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sandeyes13 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Student General Artist
When I made them I used just a clear krylon spray, and it worked just fine. But that might be just because I used Pencil crayons, and no ink... Provided you spray each layer while its flat and level, maybe that would help so it doesn't run.
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Fionabus Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
I would probably just make them into key chains. But my mother, who is really crafty, would probably make jewelry, hair pins, glue them to book covers, decorations to hany off christmas present boxes/bags, make fancy boxes, ect. There's a not of things you can do, and great for little Christmas present decorations!
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waxburden Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
Those are so cute!!!

Someone above said sculpey glaze, that seems like it would work to me too. A clear acrylic spray paint (like Krylon) might work too...if that works you might be able to do something REALLY cool with the reflective spray paint (like they make for road lines and stuff, it's awesome.)

...Never made any shrinky dinks myself, but there were these twin girls in my neighborhood growing up who were very short, and everyone called them the shrinky dinks! So mean, lol.

Hey, maybe you could apply a thin sheet of colored transparent mylar to it after baking and use lacquer over THAT...hmm...
Now I wanna try it xD
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fiannaValkyrie Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm an incredibly huge dork and play too much DnD, and with my party having on ave 10 people in it (typical 4-6) finding a premade miniature for each player is really expensive. The shrinkydinks are great because I'll draw a character portrait and bake it down to our map scale so everyone has an inexpensive, colorful, and completely personalized 2D mini! =D

Also: what medium are you using for coloring? I use colored pencils and have never had any problem with the color scratching/chipping off without a sealant. The Krylon brand sealer mentioned earlier is great though^^ if you really want high gloss and protection though, use a resin.
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StickWilde Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
where did you find it? I've been looking high and low. I was about to breakdown and buy it online. I'm planning on using as merchandise for my comicstrip.
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Riyami Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
OMG Shrinky Dinks! I remember making those when I was like...8...

They've been around forever! I love the designs. You could possibly sell those depending on how durable they are :)
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CapriciousFish Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
jewelry, buttons, pushpins, pet collar accessories... the possibilities are endless...
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