I was playing around with shrink plastic, some stamps, and this was what I got. I learned a number of things in this experimentation that will hopefully lead to greater success in the future.
First - the stamping ink I have, go lightly on, and it will not dry completely and will smear, even after shrinking. Solution, fuse the ink-stamped side to a plain peice of shrink plastic after shrinking both once.
Secondly - do not leave the two pieces fusing for too long - plastic takes on a yellowy tinge, the image warps a bit - two things I can live with. What I cannot live with - the hole punched through melts and fuses shut.
Thirdly - do not underfuse - then the little pieces come off with gentle pressure
Fourth - you CAN shape fused shrinkies into a ring! Yes, it is molten plastic. Yes, it is hot. BUT if you lift it up by the paper you are shrinking on, and manipulate the paper to shape it around the ring mandrel, you are less likely to hurt yourself. It's still hot- but manageable.
Fifth - while you can do it, it makes for a bulky ring. Not uncomfortable, because the edges rounded in the fusing process and it is very light, but it is bulky in thickness. But it does show that I can make a nametag for my stethoscope that I can shape around the earpiece so noone can slip it off, and that I can fuse the lettering between two pieces of plastic so it should be safe from the antibacterial wipes I use to clean it with. Alwo, it may make a pretty good cuff.
Sixth - I need tweezers
Seventh - next time, stamp on clear plastic, and fuse same onto opaque background - may turn out better.
Finally - watch the dog fur. I got some fused between some of the fused plastic pieces.
All in all, I am pleased. Not necessarily with the finished products, but with what I learned in the process of making them. Also, it's just fun watching the darn things shrink!
This one probably turned out to be one of the best - clearish picture, fused well, not too much warping, and the holes were still patent.
all of them together
My saddest one - I loved the three owls, but it melted too much and no hole
The rings - so you can see the bulkiness