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« Reply #20 on: November 09, 2005 05:48:56 PM »

parchment paper meant for baking is what my kit said to use.
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« Reply #21 on: November 09, 2005 05:57:47 PM »

I always put them on cardboard in my toaster oven. I think the toaster oven lets you watch more closely, and the cardboard helps not having a shiney spot. You definitely have to leave it in longer than when it uncurls, use a toaster over and watch very closely and you can see it still shrinking afterwards. The cardboard does tend to get a bit scorched, so after I use it a couple times I throw it out. I had it catch on fire once, and that time I had actually walked away from the oven while it was in there. Don't do that. Watch closely the whole time and you should be fine.
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« Reply #22 on: November 09, 2005 05:58:49 PM »

I use cardboard. And skip the whole cookie sheet. Just a piece of cardboard.
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« Reply #23 on: November 09, 2005 06:02:27 PM »

yeah, cardboard is awesome. It doesn't leave a shiny spot, and it doesn't ever burn.

Just snip off a flap of your cereal box, or box of Capri-sun. =D
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« Reply #24 on: November 09, 2005 06:13:56 PM »

Why would you put cardboard in your toaster oven?
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« Reply #25 on: November 09, 2005 06:42:52 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.

Yeah, we keep meaning to get one, we thought we bought one, got all the way home and realized that it was a refrigerator thermometer instead [grabbed the wrong one off the shelf] and just haven't gotten around to getting a new one yet. Mostly I just assume that I have to cook things for longer than I think I ought to.
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« Reply #26 on: November 09, 2005 08:30:54 PM »

awesome guys thanks. i really needed some help. i guess i just used a piece of construction paper. the color faded on the paper and it kinda smelled like ick. but it worked ok hahaa. oh im gonna use the cereal box next time.
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« Reply #27 on: November 10, 2005 07:46:44 AM »

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The cardboard does tend to get a bit scorched, so after I use it a couple times I throw it out. I had it catch on fire once, and that time I had actually walked away from the oven while it was in there.

Hmmm... sounds like your oven may be much hotter in one place than another (not uncommon), or the basic temp is really off.   Paper-based products (without paints or other things) should not burn until they reach the famous temperature of 451 degrees F, and that's a lot hotter than the shrink temp.

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You definitely have to leave it in longer than when it uncurls, use a toaster over and watch very closely and you can see it still shrinking afterwards.


I've never heard that recommended! ... but how long are you talking about?  I can see leaving them in 10-15 seconds longer than when they've flattened out again, just to make sure they're done, but never heard of longer.

And TheBon, you might want to try turning your cardboard and shrink plastic around 180 degrees about halfway through the heating to avoid parallelogram-itis.  Your oven could also be hotter on one side, so turning the stuff may help. 
It's also true that shrink plastic has a "grain," though it's slight ... it will shrink more in one direction than another (and each color and brand can shrink a little differently), so it might help if you figure that out, then put your piece in the oven turned either 90 or 180 degrees .
Another thing that might help is to set your oven for a lower temp so your it can't shrink one side too quickly and not allow the other side to catch up? (I've heard if you use a heat gun, it can be good to heat the whole piece over lightly too, before moving in with more serious heat to keep things even.)


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You definitely have to leave it in longer than when it uncurls, use a toaster over and watch very closely and you can see it still shrinking afterwards.


I've never heard that recommended! ... but how long are you talking about?  I can see leaving them in 10-15 seconds longer than when they've flattened out again, just to make sure they're done, but never heard of longer.
 


I got out my shrinky dinks because I knew I had read that somewhere, here is what the package directions reccomends: "watch as your shrinky dinks shrink.  Bake approximately 1 to 3 minutes.  After pieces lay flat, allow an additional 30 seconds of baking time to complete the process."
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« Reply #29 on: November 10, 2005 11:33:46 AM »

Oh, okay, thanks for dragging it out!  What brand of shrink plastic is that one btw?


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