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Topic: Day of the dead shrine/craft swap gallery!  (Read 19758 times)
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« Reply #50 on: August 18, 2005 05:45:02 PM »

the skull did come out cute! with the necklace, did you use the shrinky dink paper you can put thru the printer or did you draw it? i had just gotten some in the mail and i cant wait to try it...any helpful hints?
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« Reply #51 on: August 18, 2005 07:05:29 PM »

Hey, check out the awesome kewl things that stopmoshun sent me!
I gots a little diorama box, a necklace, and some day of the dead cards!



The things in the box are me (as a skeleton) and some of the crafts I've made! Unfortunately, my head is blocking the little painting of my shelf with my sock monkey and the soot balls, but it's still adorable!

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« Reply #52 on: August 18, 2005 07:23:22 PM »

with the necklace, did you use the shrinky dink paper you can put thru the printer or did you draw it? i had just gotten some in the mail and i cant wait to try it...any helpful hints?

i'm not sure if i can put this stuff through the printer or not...especially since i have a laser printer, so i just drew it.  my first few batches came out fine, but then i started noticing some of the smaller ones seemed over melted or something- they were kind of distorted.  i think this might be because i've been doing pretty large groups of them, and some of them are much bigger than the rest.  so my hints are-

1. stand by the oven and watch them, because it does seem like they are affected by being left in too long.

2. keep them separated by size as much as possible.  i haven't tried this yet, but i have a feeling that if i do all big ones together and then all small ones together, i won't have the problem with the smaller ones being overcooked.


the other thing i've thought about is that maybe the heat in my toaster oven isn't very even, and some of the pieces are slow to shrink than others depending on where they are at.  so maybe doing only 10-12 at a time? 
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« Reply #53 on: August 18, 2005 07:24:28 PM »

i envy you, chibiwakki--  that image with the skeleton playing the mandolin(?) has always been my favorite dotd image!
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« Reply #54 on: August 19, 2005 05:35:31 AM »

smarmyclothes- have you ever tried a heat gun to do your shrinkies? that way you have total control over the heat and cooking time. i've not tried it yet but plan to on my next batch...
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« Reply #55 on: August 19, 2005 08:07:37 AM »

Another medium to try for the sugar skulls is plaster of paris...I did this and it worked great.

Who knows...if a Round 2 comes up, I might be eligible to participate.

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« Reply #56 on: August 19, 2005 08:13:22 AM »

that shrinky dink skelly came out really nice! after I saw it, i poked around on craftster looking for shrinky dink info.  i assume you can buy the regular paper at Michael's or Joann's (or other craft store). does anyone know if you can get the printer paper there too? i found a link to order it.   the only shrinky dink stuff i have at home is my daughter's Care Bear stuff which i've been forbidden to touch...
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« Reply #57 on: August 19, 2005 10:29:44 AM »

i've never tried a heat gun.  i suppose mostly because i don't have one, but maybe i'll have to pick one up.  i actually had a shrinky dink the other day that was still kind of curled up and only have shrunk.  i was putting holes in a batch with a hot pin (to make earrings with) and i skewered the wonky one on a pin and held it above the flame and it most certainly shrunk, but then i had a helluva time trying to get it off the pin before it cooled. 


i ordered a TON of shrinky dink paper from american science and surplus.  it's less than $5 a pack, which is a decent price.  i don't think it says if it's printer safe, and it isn't the frosted kind.

http://www.sciplus.com/singleItem.cfm?terms=8801&cartLogFrom=Search
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« Reply #58 on: August 19, 2005 01:04:25 PM »

i had ordered mine straight from the shrinky dinks webpage..i was too annoyed after doing a search..heh..

 amaryllisroze--how do you use plaster of paris? ive seen it before..i tried paper mache and lets just say i didnt win the battle...and..girl you had a day of the dead wedding right? you are so qualified!!!
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« Reply #59 on: August 19, 2005 01:10:32 PM »

i considered plaster of paris after my sculpey kept getting stuck.  i decided to just wait a while before trying anything else... i'm swimming in craft supplies as it is over here.
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