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« on: January 19, 2012 10:21:30 PM »

i wanted to make my father in law something for his cracker gift and thought he would appreciate a keychain for the keys of his new plane. i've not used shrinkie dinks before and through the drawing came out okay despite the fact i cut out the plastic straight its warped Undecided. i followed the instructions and waited until it lay flat, i then tried on a higher temprature but with no effect Sad
im still pleased with it though, despite its wonkyness! Grin





any advice would be greatly appreciated Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2012 11:07:58 PM »

First: fantastic drawing skills!  I'm sure your father-in-law will be absolutely delighted by your very thoughtful and wonderfully executed gift.  The wonkiness is not all that apparent, and in any event adds to the charm of the hand-crafting.  If you haven't already, make sure to seal the piece (a few coats of a spray sealer will work nicely) to protect your art.

As for your question: I've been working with shrink plastic for years and still have not figured out how to ensure that pieces intended to be perfectly straight sided actually turn out that way every single time.  One thing you can do after the fact is to sand the edges into submission...though if you've colored the entire piece of plastic before shrinking this remedy is probably not going to work.

Anybody else have tips or suggestions?
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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2012 11:41:23 PM »

i did wonder about sanding. il give it a go Smiley thank you would acrylic varnish work as well? Undecided

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thank you! its not perfectly square but it looks waaay better after a quick sand Grin
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« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2012 11:32:48 PM »

Glad the sanding was helpful!

By acrylic varnish I assume you mean a brush-on liquid, which will work but is likely to leave brush strokes and/or bubbles; spray sealer avoids those issues.  However, if all you have is the liquid, give it a careful try -- you really do want to protect that artwork!
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