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lidehtium
« on: October 28, 2011 10:01:39 PM »

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When I had seen this necklace by Tatty Devine, I instantly knew two things.
1: I needed this right away to feed my dinosaur obsession.
2: At $180 it costs far too much and so I planned on making one.

My version:





Not exactly the same, but I do quite like it.

Tutorial (also on blog)
Step 1: Print off your dinosaur skeleton picture. The one I used I found it off google images, and you can get it off my blog or search 'tyrannosaurus skeleton' on google Smiley (If you cant find it, send me a PM and Ill send it your way.



Step 2: Tape the picture to the plastic and trace! Instead of doing each individual piece, I made 4. Head-arms, ribs, legs, and tail. I also didn't draw every single rib but doubled up, I was afraid the pieces would break after shrinking if I did. More of a cartoon-y look in the end but much easier.



Step 3: Cut the pieces out and hole punch them at the connection points. Color them in. (You could also color before cutting, but since I was making them all black it was easier to do this way.)
Also, make sure to leave enough space for the whole punch.. I forgot until the last piece and had to squish them in. You don't want to do that too close to the edge to risk it being to thin and breaking.

Step 4: Bake as directed on the shrinky dinks package, and when the pieces are cooled, paint with a couple layers of modge podge or spray with aerosol sealer.

Step 5: Attach the pieces with jump rings, and add a chain.

C&C Welcome and appreciated! Thanks for taking the time to look.
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« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2011 10:45:39 PM »

Fantastic! Love your version and thanks for the tutorial!
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« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2011 11:56:42 PM »

That's fantastic!
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« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2011 01:21:36 AM »

Awesome!
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« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2011 04:05:14 AM »

Loooooove. 
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« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2011 06:53:33 AM »

very cool...I made one a while back using a single sheet and yes the ribs were hard to cut.  you can see it in my profile if you're interested.   Grin
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« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2011 03:25:27 PM »

This is amazing! thanks for the tutorial!
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« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2011 06:42:08 PM »

ok...this is FREAKING AWESOME!   thanks for the tute...sooo making one.
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« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2011 08:29:40 PM »

So cool.  I think it is the best use of shrink art I have ever seen.  Great job.  I love it.
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« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2011 12:34:45 PM »

Thanks everyone!

very cool...I made one a while back using a single sheet and yes the ribs were hard to cut.  you can see it in my profile if you're interested.   Grin
It looks great! The reason I split mine into pieces was it would make a better necklace shape that what the original drawing would have been if it was one piece. And it can dance now, haha.
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« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2011 02:03:41 PM »

as someone who had a huge dino obsession as a kid i love this! awesome take Grin
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« Reply #11 on: November 02, 2011 01:10:05 PM »

This is amazing! I saw Raja wear a golden one on RuPaul's Drag Race and I've wanted one ever since. <3 Thanks so much for the tutorial! <333
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« Reply #12 on: November 02, 2011 06:08:11 PM »

AWESOME!!! You could make a whole host of these! Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: November 03, 2011 06:41:46 PM »

AWESOME!!! You could make a whole host of these! Cheesy
I plan to! I wanted to do a whole dino series, and my bf suggested extinct creatures, cause then we get all sorts of fun stuff..

This is amazing! I saw Raja wear a golden one on RuPaul's Drag Race and I've wanted one ever since. <3 Thanks so much for the tutorial! <333
you're very welcome Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: November 04, 2011 05:29:15 PM »

Coolest necklace ever!
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« Reply #15 on: November 07, 2011 04:56:51 PM »

I like your version! Deffinitely a fun necklace! Shrinky dinks are the best!
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« Reply #16 on: November 09, 2011 12:04:17 AM »

Very cool! I have never seen anything like it! I think a pterodactyl would work really well as a necklace with its symmetry too.
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« Reply #17 on: November 09, 2011 03:27:01 AM »

That looks so cute!
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« Reply #18 on: November 09, 2011 05:29:24 PM »

OMG I freaking love this!!! I love shrinky dinks and have like 4 packages of them. LOL. Thanks for the idea and the tut!!! Hitting "this rocks!"
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« Reply #19 on: November 09, 2011 06:15:11 PM »

Super amazing!!! I now must seek out my shrink a dinks and get to work.
Thank you for bring this tutorial to my attention. Smiley
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« Reply #20 on: November 10, 2011 11:53:04 AM »

Ooo thanks so much for sharing!  I have some black shrinky dink that now have a new purpose!
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« Reply #21 on: November 10, 2011 03:06:24 PM »

Oh. My. Gosh. You combined a bunch of my favorite things into this!

Dinosaur+ skeleton+ necklace+ SHRINKY DINK! = Awesome!

Thank you for making this! It's so awesome and now I definitely want to make my own. Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: November 11, 2011 09:33:48 AM »

Youre welcome everyone! If anyone makes one, I'd love to see it Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: November 13, 2011 09:17:33 AM »

Thanks for the info, this is such a fun looking project!
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« Reply #24 on: November 13, 2011 02:58:54 PM »

Amazing and totally inspiring!  This might actually get me to do something with that shrink-plastic I have sitting in my craft box.  Thank you for posting!
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« Reply #25 on: November 15, 2011 04:06:01 PM »

This is probably the coolest necklace ever.  I'm going to have to try it! Plus I have a TON of shrinky dink paper laying around!
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« Reply #26 on: November 16, 2011 02:29:28 AM »

Very cool! I bet yours drapes better than the inspiration piece would.
Thanks for the tutorial!
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« Reply #27 on: November 16, 2011 07:47:54 PM »

wow! that is just awesome!   amazing work!
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« Reply #28 on: November 17, 2011 04:45:34 PM »

You're my hero! I saw this necklace long ago and wanted it so much that it instantly meandered to my wishlist. I already have a dinosaur tattoo so, hell, why not make a matching dino necklace?
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« Reply #29 on: November 17, 2011 05:19:36 PM »

Ohmygoodness, this is the greatest thing I've seen in a long time! I like yours more than the inspiration piece anyway...nice work! You did a good job cutting the shrinky dink, mine always looks all jaggedy when I try to cut shrinky dinks because I'm a spaz and apparently never learned to use scissors properly in grade school, haha.
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« Reply #30 on: November 24, 2011 02:06:54 PM »

Thanks to your terrific inspiration, I made my own, but of my favorite childhood dinosaur, the Parasaurolophus:

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« Reply #31 on: November 26, 2011 03:11:43 PM »

Thanks to your terrific inspiration, I made my own, but of my favorite childhood dinosaur, the Parasaurolophus:

That is AWESOME!!! I'm so stoked about this, thanks for sharing Smiley
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« Reply #32 on: December 02, 2011 10:04:29 PM »

Hey, I dont know if Im allowed to post this here or not.. if not then I can just delete the comment, but Im giving one of these away on my blog, if anyone is interested. thanks!
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« Reply #33 on: January 08, 2012 09:27:17 AM »

These are so awesome! I am new to shrinky dinks. I want to give this a try though. What do you use to color the dinosaur? I read somewhere that people use Sharpie markers for all these cool things. Is that what you used?
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These are so awesome! I am new to shrinky dinks. I want to give this a try though. What do you use to color the dinosaur? I read somewhere that people use Sharpie markers for all these cool things. Is that what you used?

I've always used Sharpies. I tried using the Bic permanent markers but they seem to rub off. I've never had problems when using Sharpie though. Hope this helped.
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« Reply #35 on: January 09, 2012 06:06:34 PM »

These are so awesome! I am new to shrinky dinks. I want to give this a try though. What do you use to color the dinosaur? I read somewhere that people use Sharpie markers for all these cool things. Is that what you used?

I've always used Sharpies. I tried using the Bic permanent markers but they seem to rub off. I've never had problems when using Sharpie though. Hope this helped.

yes, thank you!
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« Reply #36 on: January 11, 2012 01:24:08 PM »

 Shocked Grin Soooo awesome! Shocked Grin

I love the "dino obsession" it's a good thing!! Cool
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« Reply #37 on: January 11, 2012 06:12:47 PM »

I teach science & I love "science" related jewellery. (I wear pewter rat earrings - which the students loathe - when it's dissection time.  Grin)

Thanks so much for this tutorial.
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« Reply #38 on: January 12, 2012 01:45:07 PM »

These are so awesome! I am new to shrinky dinks. I want to give this a try though. What do you use to color the dinosaur? I read somewhere that people use Sharpie markers for all these cool things. Is that what you used?

I used a black sharpie for the dinosaur but any other colors I use pencil crayons. I find that colored sharpies leave streaks, are too clear and weird looking after baking.
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I was staring at the small photo on the list of topics and thought "what the heck is that?" Maybe the sunlight blinded me, or something... I don't know. And then I read the topic and find out... :)You made something completly different that I saw so far, and it's great! Cheesy And I see that it costed you a lot of work. But the result is amazing and was totally worth the efforts.
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« Reply #40 on: January 13, 2012 09:58:07 PM »

Great idea! I love your take on the dino necklace and Cthuliz's Parasaurolophus version! Very inspiring pieces.
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« Reply #41 on: January 17, 2012 07:07:14 AM »

I saw some dinosaur skeleton necklaces at Claire's this weekend. They were small though, and not as cool as these. I am definitely going to try this soon!
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« Reply #42 on: January 20, 2012 02:45:38 PM »

this is fannnntastic! thanks for the tutorial! now i have to figure out who's skeleton i want to turn into a mobile.
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« Reply #43 on: January 22, 2012 12:26:19 PM »

Okay, I tried but failed..just a bump in the road. Mine curled up Sad Any tips on how to keep this from happening? Also..I just used shrinky dink paper my kids had and it was the kind with the frosted look on the back. Is all shrinky dink paper like this or is some totally clear and which kind should I use? Also..one more thing..what are pencil crayons? Colored pencils? I used a black sharpie, but someone mentioned pencil crayons for other colors. Would they mark on totally clear paper? Thanks for all the help.
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« Reply #44 on: January 22, 2012 07:19:52 PM »

Your's looks really good and this is amazing! I love Dinosaurs so I think I'm definitely going to have to try this, thanks so much for the tutorial.
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« Reply #46 on: January 23, 2012 05:43:02 PM »

Okay, I tried but failed..just a bump in the road. Mine curled up Sad Any tips on how to keep this from happening? Also..I just used shrinky dink paper my kids had and it was the kind with the frosted look on the back. Is all shrinky dink paper like this or is some totally clear and which kind should I use? Also..one more thing..what are pencil crayons? Colored pencils? I used a black sharpie, but someone mentioned pencil crayons for other colors. Would they mark on totally clear paper? Thanks for all the help.

I use the frosted 'ruff n ready' shrinky dink paper, its the only kind Ive tried. You need to color on the frosted side and cook it frosted side up in the oven. and yes, colored pencils/pencil crayons are the same thing Smiley.

As for it shrinking up, I have had that happen to a few pieces. its annoying but the best thing you can do is: make sure it's in the oven long enough and you didnt take it out too early. If it sticks to itself in the oven, I just reach in and unstick the pieces. be careful not to burn yourself though! if its still a little curly when I take it out of the oven, I fold the piece in parchment paper and then put a hard cover book on top of it and push down. It might not make it perfectly flat but it will only have a slight curve by the time its cooled off.

I think you need to have frosted paper for the colored pencils to work. if you have the completely clear stuff Ive heard you can sand it to make it frosted, but Ive never tried.

I hope this helps and good luck!

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« Reply #47 on: January 23, 2012 06:35:10 PM »

Thank  you so much. You have been so helpful through all my dumb questions lol.
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« Reply #48 on: January 29, 2012 03:34:27 AM »

Wow, what a fantastic DIY you have! I saw the Tatty Devine t-rex necklace a while back too, but had no idea where to get the materials or how to even create something like that.
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