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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
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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gimballock 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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