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christinashaw
« on: July 30, 2009 12:05:00 PM »

Hello, thanks for trying to help. i'm trying to figure out how this item is created:

I did not creat this or had anything to do with anything. I understand the chain, the paint ect. I just dont know how you get a piece of plastic in this shape? How would a person get plastic sheets? How do you cut it? thanks!!
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[offical link http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vt_related_1&listing_id=28375784 ]
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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2009 01:24:23 PM »

Try shrinky-dinking it?
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christinashaw
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2009 01:29:13 PM »

Thanks! That was my only good guess but i'm sure theres another way!
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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2009 04:37:01 PM »

The colours are so intense I would have to say shrink plastic as well.
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lylacfey
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2009 10:53:52 PM »

It's definitely shrinky dinks. I recognize the clip art. 
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christinashaw
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2009 12:48:49 PM »

So do you guys think they printed this off on a printer? or just painted it onto the shrinky?
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lylacfey
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2009 11:54:24 PM »

I said printer at first because I have seen the clipart. Then I realized I might have seen the clipart over at SCS, lol. Stamps are going to digital now. I think it might be a stamp. It looks like the shading is done with an alcohol based marker. I am leaning more towards Copics but It could be Sharpies. Sharpies tend to be brighter.

Ok, I just went and looked at the artists profile and this is her listing for her favorite mediums: oil paint, sharpie markers, pens, plasticine clay, my computer, the gimp program, digital camera, tight canvas

No shrinky dinks listed, lol.  I guess we are all wrong. Wink How did she get it so shiny without using shrinky dinks? You have me curious.
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« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2009 09:17:38 AM »

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looked at the artists profile and this is her listing for her favorite mediums: oil paint, sharpie markers, pens, plasticine clay, my computer, the gimp program, digital camera, tight canvas. . .
No shrinky dinks listed, lol.  I guess we are all wrong.

Not necessarily wrong at all... those items in her profile are just listed as her "favorite" mediums, not necessarily what she used for any particular item, and she could have used many other things that aren't listed as favorites.  

Also description of the item itself says:
Hand drawn and painted on hard plastic and sealed with a matte varnish to protect color and durability

So she probably printed the colored image onto one of the brands of blank shrink plastic, probably one that comes in clear rather than translucent since she seems to mention something like that --or stamped a bw image, then colored it in herself, and cut out the shape... then shrunk the shrink plastic, and finally coated with a water-based matte sealant.  She says it was "hand drawn and painted though, so perhaps she drew and painted the whole thing and didn't use an actual stamp or copied/printed pre-existing image.
This plastic doesn't look thick enough to have been a regular sheet of acrylic (which wouldn't be shrunk), though it could have been I guess if she had access to expensive machinery to cut fine curves in plastics, or if that shape is sold somewhere as is (but it would have to have been sold with the image or stamp in this case because it's such a specific shape--not just a simple shape like a heart or oval, etc.).

Those are my guesses anyway...


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« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2009 08:52:33 AM »

   Firstly, thank you everyone who's tried to help me identify this. I've been researching, experimenting, and racking my brain trying to figure this all out, for about a week and half.
   I finally got a response from someone on Etsy about her products she said
"you can use shrinky dinks or you can print on acrylic or you can use resin molds." Which leads me to these questions:
Can anyone explain how you would print it on acrylic? I mean, does any inkjet printer work? also how do you get sheets of acrylic? ( yes, I looked at michaels)
Asar as resin molds, I thought they were used for small charms?
This is her Etsy shop:
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6739691
Very nice person, will be making a purchase from her soon. Thanks for any other help you can offer!
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« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2009 10:09:54 AM »

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Can anyone explain how you would print it on acrylic? I mean, does any inkjet printer work? also how do you get sheets of acrylic?

(see your other question to get answers for this)

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As ar as resin molds, I thought they were used for small charms?

Clear craft resin could be used (in molds or not) to create a thick clear coating over or around a printed image (usually sealed first), but that's probably not what the maker was doing considering the other stuff she said. 
If you want to know how to do that though, check the lessons, etc. on this page that deals with various kinds of craft resin:
...for just applying a thick coating, see Epoxy Resins > Coating
...for embedding in a mold, see Polyester Resins.... or see Epoxy Resins > Brands (for the special brand called Easy Cast)
....(or perhaps see In Other Cells if you'd want to do it that way)


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