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« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2005 10:09:57 PM »

Are you using a regular oven or a toaster oven?  I always use a regular oven, but I've heard that toaster ovens are supposed to give a more even and controlled shrink.  Just a thought.

Also I've noticed if I'm not very careful about cutting a straight line it ends up looking warped when it comes out of the oven because the unevenness is way more noticeable.  If that makes sense...
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« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2005 03:46:11 AM »

I use a toaster oven and have never had any problems aside from my own uneven cuts.  It's easier to keep an eye on too.  I leave mine in about a minute or two after they have flattened.
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« Reply #12 on: November 03, 2005 03:39:59 PM »

I don't know if you've got the access to a heat gun or not, but they do amazing things to shrinkies.  I always get a little bit of my shiny side warping in the oven so it's not completely smooth when I heat them that way, even after it lays completely flat.  I got my heat gun (aka embossing gun) for around 30 dollars, and i really like the way it works.  Everything is equally shiny, no warping, and the cool part is that the heat gun is a multi-tasking tool so I didn't feel like I was wasting money on spending 30 bucks on materials for shrinkies.  It doesn't brown out my color pencil at all, either, like I've done in the oven a couple times. (I think I left them in too long then...)  Also, you're watching your results a little more closely, so I feel like I have more control.

Does the heat gun also help to make sure that it shrinks without becoming a parallelogram? I'm finding that in my oven my nice, neat, rectangles lean to one side. Or am I the only one that's had that problem?
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« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2005 05:41:15 PM »

For those of you who use heat guns or embossing guns on your shrink plastic projects- what brand do you use. There is a Marvy Uchida brand at Dick Blick for I think $16.99 + shipping. Do you know anything about this brand. Thanks
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« Reply #14 on: November 04, 2005 06:26:07 PM »

how many are you doing at a time?  i use a toaster oven and noticed that once i started doing a bunch of them at once, some of them were getting squished and melty looking.  i think this was probably a result of having to leave them in longer to make sure they were a;; completely...shrinked?  shrunk?  whatever....  so the ones that were done early wound up going kind of wonky.
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« Reply #15 on: November 04, 2005 07:10:46 PM »

I've only been doing one at a time. They're 4x5 original size, and I haven't decided if my oven is just dumb. That may be likely because we're not sure it heats to the right temperature. Its pretty old.
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« Reply #16 on: November 05, 2005 07:36:39 PM »

well this is my 1st time using shrinky dinks. i checked other qs to see if i can find my answer but no luck. this may sound really stupid but the instructions call for a paper bag to line the pan with. is there anything else i can use because i do not have a bag handy Sad im just scared if i put somthing in t here is gonna like burn..please help.....sorry if i sound stupid Sad
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« Reply #17 on: November 05, 2005 07:37:46 PM »

I never line mine with a paper bag, i just stick 'em on a cookie sheet...maybe test it with an unimportant one first.
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« Reply #18 on: November 09, 2005 05:33:31 PM »

I picked up an oven thermometer for my oven when I started doing polymer clay... They're like, 4 or 5 bucks usually, in the aisle with all the kitchen goodies, like strainers and pie pans and stuff.  Turns out my oven was indeed 30 degrees off.  I bet that'd help you troubleshoot your shrinky problems some.
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« Reply #19 on: November 09, 2005 05:46:13 PM »

i used parchment paper for baking. like it said in the instructions.
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