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« on: October 23, 2005 04:43:41 PM »

so i'm playing around with shrinky dinks for the first time. i bought a roseart shrinky dink kit but the instructions are awful. they basically just tell you to colour, cut and cook. so i'm wondering how much they'll shrink. say my cut out is an inch before i cook it, will it turn out to be 1/2 an inch? 1/4 an inch? any info would be lovely. thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2005 04:49:36 PM »

They should shrink to about 1/3 of the original size.
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« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2005 05:39:26 PM »

great! thanks!
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« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2005 06:12:17 PM »

the ones i have say they shrink to "45% their original size" which is basically half. 
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« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2005 07:48:28 PM »

It depends on the shrinky dinks..trial and error is best. I find that different sizes can even come out different ways.

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sand both sides (Crosshatch)  before coloring and color both sides
make smaller shapes so that they flatten properly and don't crack or break
realize that the ink will come off in time. . .sigh, the imperminance of shrinky dinks
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« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2005 03:36:25 AM »

you can do a light coat of modpodge to try to seal the ink a bit.  i tried using clear gloss and it smeared my ink. 
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« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2005 04:02:37 AM »

I got sent a packet from blueblythe in the my country doesnt have swap and I'm so excited!
I am yet to use them but the packet suggested making a normal size ruler out of shrinky dink, shrinking it, and using it to guage the rest of them.
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