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« Reply #480 on: July 01, 2013 12:30:22 PM »

I'm thinking about getting a drawing tablet. So which brand do you guys recommend for using with printers? Luckysquirrel still?

I wish the shrink plastic for use in printers wasn't so much mor expensive... Sad
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« Reply #481 on: July 01, 2013 06:45:45 PM »

I have run just plain old Lucky Squirrel through laser printers, using the setting for transparencies
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« Reply #482 on: July 01, 2013 09:29:09 PM »

I don't have a laser printer or a transparency setting. Sad Apparently, the ink jet will bead on the surface unless I spray it with something that doesn't even last too long anyway.
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« Reply #483 on: July 02, 2013 02:51:24 AM »

What you can do if you are near one is to print your image off on the ink jet printer, then take your image and the shrink plastic and try copying it on a photocopier at the library (if they have a colour copier), or take the image and print it off at a copy centre on a colour laser printer.  If I need a laser print, I do it at work.
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« Reply #484 on: March 02, 2014 02:34:35 AM »

YOu can use number 6 plastic containers to make shrinky dinks!
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« Reply #485 on: March 13, 2015 08:56:15 PM »

Hello. I apologize if this is an old chestnut, but I've searched all through this thread (and done repeated online searches), and haven't come across my specific issue.

tl;dr: My shrinky dinks seem immune to Krylon.

I am trying to seal some shrink plastic using Krylon Crystal Clear spray lacquer. I am using the Ruff n' Ready frosted sheets from the Shrinky Dink brand, which have been colored with Prismacolor pencils and various inks.

I decided to use a spray sealant because my pieces have sharp corners, and I have read that resin will "fall off" of these (I also would prefer to finish pieces here and there when I have the time, instead of being required to use up all of a prepared mixture at once). I also think I would have trouble getting a uniform, unmarred surface from a brush-on sealant (if my fingernail polishing skills are any indication!). I'm not looking for a doming effect, or even really a shine.

All I would like to do is prevent my pieces from scratching and from being damaged by sweat or rain. When other people online have asked how best to do this, the most popular answer seems to be: "Use Krylon Crystal Clear."

So: I got some Krylon Crystal Clear, and am hoping you guys can tell me what I'm missing!

I follow the instructions on the can precisely (shake for two minutes, hold 10 to 12 inches away from object, spray a wider swath than the object to be sprayed, clear nozzle after use). I have followed the advice of the internet as well, which is to use "many thin coats".

At present, there are between 15 and 20 coats on my pieces. They have finally begun to take on a sort of sheen, but even after drying 48 hours between coats, a light scratch with a fingernail still leaves a shiny mark. They all look damp after being sprayed, so the stuff is definitely getting on them, but when they dry it almost seems like they have drunk it all up, with nothing really forming on the surface.

Please, can anyone tell me:

A. How do you make this stuff work?

or

B. Is there a different spray sealant that you would recommend (I did try Gloss Cote first, with basically the same results)?

or

C. Is there a different sealing method you would recommend that will work with sharp corners and not significantly alter the surfaces of my pieces?

Thank you so very much if you have read this long, inept post from a clueless newcomer to your community!

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« Reply #486 on: March 14, 2015 12:11:29 PM »

First of all, welcome to craftster phthaloblue! You're more than welcome here!!! Smiley

I'm wondering if the Krylon is having a difficult time sticking to the prismacolor colored surface... I'm not sure what you can use besides resin or diamond glaze to give them a truly durable coating... perhaps someone else will chime in with their experience. :/
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« Reply #487 on: March 14, 2015 04:39:42 PM »

Thank you, I Sew Cute, for the welcome and the reply!

I might just try the Diamond Glaze; bonus points if I can work with it indoors, as I'm making multiple trips out to my stoop every night to spray the Krylon. . .
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« Reply #488 on: March 14, 2015 04:46:22 PM »

It's been awhile since I played with shrink plastic. Think I'll give it a try & see if I have any better results. I have prismacolor markers & am in a drawing mood. Smiley
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« Reply #489 on: March 15, 2015 06:08:52 AM »

I don't think the resin is falling off the corners - some resins have a bit of shrinkage when they dry so they may be pulling away from the corners.  But if you want a flat, durable finish, rather than a domed finish, that may not even be an issue.  I also agree with using the Diamond Glaze, or resin if finishing it.  If you want that perfectly smooth finish, versus one with brush marks, you may want to put on a thicker final coat and let it dry perfectly level to allow it to self level, with something covering it to prevent dust motes, or whatever from marring the surface.
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