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« Reply #100 on: June 16, 2009 10:15:45 PM »

I made a ____ for the first time out of shrinky plastic...it turned out good & I am happy I did not burn my fingers!

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« Reply #101 on: June 17, 2009 08:49:29 PM »

I have all of my ideas but have yet to start shrinking! But I plan on having a shrinky dink party! LOL! Yay for dorky crafty time!

« Reply #102 on: June 20, 2009 07:27:30 AM »

I thought I was almost done, but there are two more items I want to try...can't stop shrinking! Help!  I will get my shrinks done this weekend, finish the pieces next week, and should be in good shape to send on time.  This has been just the right amount of crafting in the right amount of time for me...
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« Reply #103 on: June 20, 2009 08:56:34 AM »

I still haven't started shrinking...I got out all the materials to start, but this Mini Art Quilt is such a huge project I feel like i should at least work on it a little before I start the shrinkies. Still excited!
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« Reply #104 on: June 20, 2009 08:27:43 PM »

Just got a crazy idea that I think might be kinda cool -if I can get it to work. Yay for experimentation!  Grin

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« Reply #105 on: June 20, 2009 08:47:30 PM »

So I traced, colored, and cut for an hour and a half, and the shrinking went perfect, but the smooth side had some texture to it when I got it out of the toaster for some reason.  I decided to use krylon clear glaze to smooth it out, which I often do- but apparently only on shrinks that have sharpie on the smooth side.  This was all pencil on the rough side, and I guess there is just too much depth to it, because the krylon totally washed out and faded my details.  Sad I am letting it dry overnight in case it is salvagable, but given how it looks right now, I am thinking maybe not.  It was super cute but I don't think I stand to do it over again... Undecided  Fortunately I have three good items already, and I still have time to come up with something new.  So sad at the moment, though! So the lesson: don't coat or glaze shrinks unless they have sharpie detail on the front!
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« Reply #106 on: June 20, 2009 09:23:55 PM »

Thanks for the heads up wiseowl, I just bought some Krylon and was going to start coating tomorrow.  Sad

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« Reply #107 on: June 21, 2009 05:53:13 AM »

Project saved! It turns out it was too humid to be spraying krylon, which led to a really cloudy finish.  I have no idea how humid is too humid, but clearly it had an impact.  I popped it in the still-cooling oven and I think it was dry enough in there, and for some reason a second coat over the cleared cloudy coat REALLY did the trick.  So new lesson: don't spray on a humid day, and don't panic when it looks cloudy.  I had just sprayed some other pieces that did not do that....go figure.  So I stand by Krylon, and I have to say it really improves the surface of shrinks, even those with NO sharpie.  Makes them look way more finished and gets rid of all those teensy dents, pits, scratches, etc that tends to turn up on shrink plastic.
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« Reply #108 on: June 21, 2009 10:58:25 AM »

I'm so glad to hear that wiseowl! My heart sunk for you when I read your last post!

And it's good Krylon works...i bought some a couple days ago hoping it was the right thing.
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« Reply #109 on: June 21, 2009 01:23:12 PM »

Successfully shrank, ran out of spray clear coat but helped me with nail polish. Forget to punch holes in one piece. Did not dare to use my Dremel on it yet. MAY be sending next week.


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