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Mickeymoo
« on: November 03, 2005 03:11:47 AM »

Im a newby to the forum! 
I missed the part of my childhood with the Shrinky Dinks - and now I see its becoming quite a popular craft/ hobby.

Its not big in South Africa at all - and was wondering what are alternatives to Shrinky Dink?  Surely there are more than one "make" of this shrinkable plastic?

Your advise is greatly appreciated!

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« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2005 03:21:46 AM »

Welcome, Mickeymoo!

I've often wondered about Shrinky Dinks myself.  I used to love those things.

I Googled "make your own shrinky dinks" and found this link:

http://www.sci.mus.mn.us/sln/tf/r/reducereuserecycle/reducereuserecycle.html

Are you able to get shipments from Amazon.com there?  If so, they sell blank Shrinky Dink sheets.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1570545855/leanneeldridge/103-2695977-1235055

I hope those help!
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« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2016 02:03:48 PM »

Hi Michelle, I'm also a South African and also interested in shrinky drinks. I tried a 2L cooldrink bottle but to no avail... Have you tried anything that REALLY works?
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steiconi
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2016 07:00:47 PM »

#6 recyclable plastic is supposed to work the same way (I haven't tried it).
it's often used for lids of deli containers.
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« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2016 12:37:25 PM »

There's a whole huge thread on shrink plastic over in jewelry:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=22591.0
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« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2016 09:34:32 AM »

Wha?  You can make homemade Shrinky Dinks out of #6 plastic--that is so awesome!  I'm definitely going to have to  give that a try one of these days.
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« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2016 03:52:45 AM »

Be prepared for inconsistent shrinking though!

I gave up on it - one of my sources was a local chicken take out place and I got sick of trying to clean the sauce and grease.  Then some of the salad clamshells seemed OK - but then the sticker parts were hard to get off.  Trying to find it in clean, flat pieces that were large enough was extremely frustrating in and of itself.

I ended up loving Lucky Squirrel brand - better results than Grafx (I hate them so much) and better value than some of the other brands.  I got bulk packages directly from them - shipping time sucked, but in the end, I have enough to last a long long time - there are 25 sheets in each package and I ordered 1 each of the black, white, translucent, and clear.   Oh no - I just found out they are out of business!!!  Oh no - I hope I have a lifetime supply!
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