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« Reply #70 on: June 12, 2006 05:50:57 AM »

is there a trick to sealing shrinky dink? i tried nail polish and it smeared... horribly. am i missing something?

I bought the embossing powder off the official website. It melts and seals like varnish. Its quite reasonable.
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« Reply #71 on: June 13, 2006 04:09:58 PM »

I had less trouble after I sanded the shrinky dink down before I used it, but now it's getting a bit harder to erase the pencil marks after I do the outlines in sharpie. Its most noticable after I bake. Would using a certain type of white colored pencil work, or white-out?
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« Reply #72 on: June 16, 2006 04:46:42 AM »

Hey, I got my shrinky dinks this morning. Could anyone give me a rough idea of what size pciture id need to make a small charm? roughly 15mm? thank you!

and, one other thing, when drawing an image onto the plastic, what do i use? a pencil? marker? thank you Smiley
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« Reply #73 on: June 16, 2006 04:53:13 AM »

Sharpie works okay, but tends to bleed a little. I find black colored pencils work the best for me. Ink pen works okay too.
If you draw something that is roughly the size of your palm, it will shrink to pretty tiny.
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« Reply #74 on: June 16, 2006 05:17:24 AM »

Read the package for the best results.  It will skring to 1/3 the size and 9 times the thickness.  Like the package says, if you trace a ruler and bake it you will have exact measurements.  Draw a full sized ruler with exact measurements.  Then bake it.  Take a look at where 15mm on a real ruler is, compared to the shrunken ruler and you will have your answer.
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« Reply #75 on: June 17, 2006 02:56:32 AM »

Read the package for the best results.  It will skring to 1/3 the size and 9 times the thickness.  Like the package says, if you trace a ruler and bake it you will have exact measurements.  Draw a full sized ruler with exact measurements.  Then bake it.  Take a look at where 15mm on a real ruler is, compared to the shrunken ruler and you will have your answer.

I didn't see anything about a ruler on the package, but thats a great idea! Thank you Smiley

Sharpie works okay, but tends to bleed a little. I find black colored pencils work the best for me. Ink pen works okay too.
If you draw something that is roughly the size of your palm, it will shrink to pretty tiny.

Oh, thats great advice, we don't get sharpies over here. So coloured pencils sound good. Cheers!
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« Reply #76 on: June 19, 2006 12:14:20 PM »

Since we're all on the topic of shrink a dinks can I ask about the curling issue? I take mine out of the oven when they are start to curl up into that cup because I thought I was doing something wrong. Was I not and they would be fine if I were to just leave them alone or am I doing the right thing. I am getting really frustrated with it so any advice would be awesome.
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« Reply #77 on: June 19, 2006 12:19:12 PM »

Since we're all on the topic of shrink a dinks can I ask about the curling issue? I take mine out of the oven when they are start to curl up into that cup because I thought I was doing something wrong. Was I not and they would be fine if I were to just leave them alone or am I doing the right thing. I am getting really frustrated with it so any advice would be awesome.

They usually do curl.  It sounds like you are taking them out too early.  They will curl and then flatten themselves and you should leave them in the oven a few seconds after they have gone back to flat.
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« Reply #78 on: June 19, 2006 12:31:01 PM »

Actually, I've seen some books that show amazing jewelry and techniques using Shrinky Dinks. But they show Shrinky Dink material in colors other than white ... has anyone found these?

Micheals often sells the black and brown I haven't seen any other colors yet though asside from the white and ruff and ready.

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« Reply #79 on: June 19, 2006 12:34:17 PM »

I'm hesitant to run a sheet of shrinky dink through my shiny new printer.  I read somewhere online (the shrinkydinks site maybe?) that you shouldn't print on it.  Has anyone else tried this ?  If you print on it, you'd probably have to leave the sheet sitting for awhile to let it dry, like when you print on vellum, wouldn't you?

I bake mine in a toaster oven, on cardboard.  For those concerned about putting cardboard in the oven, I wouldn't worry, since paper won't ignite until it's over 450 degrees farenheit, which is way higher than you're baking your shrinky dinks.

I bought a toaster oven at a yard sale to use just for crafting.  I don't like putting polymer clay and shrinky dinks in the same oven I cook food in, as it's probably not the safest thing to be doing.  It was cheap, and one of the best crafting investments I've made.

The shrinkadink company makes shrink-a-dink plastic thats made to be printed on in the computer but its a bit more pricey ($9 for a pack). On the Shrink-a-dinks we all normally use it says it can be printed on but I am thinking they mean with like a xerox machine. I keep meaning to try it out.
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