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« Reply #40 on: January 25, 2008 06:42:52 PM »

Wow! They are all so lovely!
I adore the swirly hearts, they are so delicate. Both sets with the blue tones really stand out as elegant pieces of jewelry. Hard to believe they are shrink plastic!
Great job
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tmbrunschen
« Reply #41 on: January 25, 2008 11:55:03 PM »

When I cut out a shrinky plastic thing, it warps in the oven.  So the circles I cut become ovals or the rectangles get all warped.  That obviously doesn't happen to you- I think all your pieces are beautiful.  What brand do you use?  Do you have any tips?

When making smaller pieces, I use a heat/embossing gun (on the LOW heat setting) for more control and make sure I heat BOTH sides thoroughly to ensure even shrinking (this is performed on an unused floor tile left over from a home-improvement project). I -then- place it on a non-stick baking tray (of which I have two) and place the second one on top with three heavy, thick books (dictionaries) on top of the second baking tray (because the trays are the same make and size, they 'fit' together making their surfaces reliably flat when together and held in place with the weight of the books. I leave each piece under the books for at least 10 seconds to ensure that the flat shape is held. (I start shrinking my next piece while this happens).


When it comes to larger pieces that I do (pendants and such) I use the oven. I use the same non-stick baking tray as before, but I put it into the oven while it is pre-heating. I place the piece on the tray in the oven and wait for it to 'do it's thing' - I've never really had a problem with them sticking together, perhaps I am just lucky. After the shrinkie is -completely- done moving and is -mostly- flat, I wait a full 10 seconds to ensure that it's 'done' moving/shrinking/changing. Then I take the entire tray out of the oven and set the second baking tray on top, again with the heavy books.

At this stage, I can confess that I don't actually press the pieces between the baking trays much anymore, but that's because through experience, I seem to now be able to "read" the plastic *shrugs*. I do, however, press when I am making a special order, just to ensure a perfect product.

When I encounter little indent, I am able (with the heat/embossing gun) to "superheat" the plastic (superheating involves keeping the gun very close to the piece after it is completely shrunk to heat it to a slightly higher temperature). When the plastic is "superheated" it seems to even out marks, divots and imperfections for me. (with patience and just allowing the plastic to get really hot and sort of - flow into itself. Sorry, I don't have a better way to describe it.)

For the above pieces, I used permanent markers. No sanding needed. (I didn't use the frosted ones. I used smooth ones from here - http://www.bladerubberstamps.co.uk/onlinesales/product.php?product_id=4527&category_id=&gallery_id=30). I did, however, do extensive tests as to which markers would work, stay put, not run, that sort of thing. -Most- Sharpies seem to smear, especially when varnished after shrinking, but my personal favourite Black permanent marker is made by Edding (a German company) and it's their CD writer pen. I use either their 8400 or their 400. The black is so "true" when shrunk and it never smears (through heating and then varnishing). The Edding PDF catalogue - http://www.edding.com/data/Katalog2007GB.pdf

I also now buy direct from a manufacturer of shrink plastic for ink-jet printers and have had some good results thus far (in the "testing" phases) - http://www.grafixplastics.com/shrink.asp .

I hope that helps (and hasn't made the issue any more confusing Smiley

Please do feel free to drop me a line if you have any more questions Smiley
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tmbrunschen
« Reply #42 on: January 25, 2008 11:56:41 PM »

They're beautiful! Do you seal your shrink plastic jewelry with something? I had a pair of shrink earrings once that someone made me and I fell asleep with them on. When I woke up I had a mirror of the image on the earring on my neck!

I seal them all with Krylon - four coats of the crystal clear "normal" stuff or 1 coat of the Triple Thick Krylon Smiley



Is that the aerosol or brush on kind?

No, I find that the brush-on kind can smear the ink that's on the plastic. I use spray, being careful to do a first, light, even coat to "seal" the inks to the plastic and then come back a half-hour to an hour later and really give it a good, thick coat.

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« Reply #43 on: January 26, 2008 06:28:11 AM »

These are great! I love them!
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« Reply #44 on: January 27, 2008 08:02:35 PM »

Wow, those are so pretty! I want them!
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« Reply #45 on: January 30, 2008 04:00:59 PM »

are shrink plastic and shrinky dinks the same thing?

but uh, either way, these are pretty impressive.

I think my favorites are the  black squares with circles inside, the tree, and the trippy black stripes. but they're all absolutely beautiful. awesome job
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« Reply #46 on: January 31, 2008 01:48:03 AM »

are shrink plastic and shrinky dinks the same thing?


Thank you! And, yes. They are the same thing. Smiley
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« Reply #47 on: February 01, 2008 06:46:16 AM »

They're lovely, I especially like the name ones
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Ditsy
« Reply #48 on: February 01, 2008 08:53:52 AM »

They are amazing!

What kind of ink did you use? Your lines are so clean and fine.
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tmbrunschen
« Reply #49 on: February 01, 2008 09:00:02 AM »

They are amazing!

What kind of ink did you use? Your lines are so clean and fine.

For the above pieces, I used permanent markers. I did extensive tests as to which markers would work, stay put, not run, that sort of thing. -Most- Sharpies seem to smear, especially when varnished after shrinking, but my personal favourite Black permanent marker is made by Edding (a German company) and it's their CD writer pen. I use either their 8400 or their 400. The black is so "true" when shrunk and it never smears (through heating and then varnishing). The Edding PDF catalogue - http://www.edding.com/data/Katalog2007GB.pdf

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