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1  Shrink Art! (tutorial link) in Completed Projects by kitkraft on: January 08, 2011 12:18:07 PM

An old favorite gets revisited: Shrinky Dinks!

Q:What is this stuff? A: Thin plastic sheets that shrink down 45% when you put them in the oven. Not only does the material shrink, but whatever artwork you draw/print on them will also shrink with it.

Q: Why is this awesome? A: Because you can get impossibly tiny detailed artwork from what was once simply just artwork.

We took home a few different packs of PolyShrink and made our family craft night into an all out craft party. Shrinky Dinks have been around since the 1970′s and i remember making these when i was young kid. Now Im all grown up, but seeing my doodles and drawings wither, writhe and shrink in the oven is still magic. The mess factor is low, the fun factor is high and anyone who can hold a pencil can make these.

full tutorial at...
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2  Treasure Box (tutorial included) in Completed Projects by kitkraft on: December 29, 2010 02:02:05 PM
This project we weren't exactly sure which category to put it? 
But we essentially made a treasure box or a wooden jewelry box.  We decked out a normal wooden box using studs and string sealer etc.

As with all our posts I will show you a few things here but the layout is limited so if you want to see the full tutorial in all its glory check it out here:


Youre going to need a hammer, pliers, a hobby knife and brush-on sealer. But most of all, youre going to need some studs. In this example we also used some wood stain, decorative trimming, metal stampings and a small amount of chain.

sealing the box...

fastening decorative trim and setting studs...

tidying up studs that poked through to the inside...

e voila... Before and After:

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3  Magic Sculpt - link to tutorial in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by kitkraft on: December 29, 2010 01:15:56 PM
This is a project we did using Magic Sculpt.
Magic Sculpt is a two part epoxy self-hardening clay. Once part A (resin clay) meets part B (Hardener clay), it activates the curing process. Over a period of about 2 to 4 hours, it becomes solid. It is formulated for sculptors who desire the feel of clay with a final piece that is hard and solid. Its awesome you can sculpt it and mold it similar to ceramics but it hardens with out a kiln.  You can get pretty dope results with it...

here's a quick look at what we did with it.

Its so awesome you have to try it!  
You can see our complete step by step here:

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4  Image Transfer Cocktail Coasters (tutorial link) in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by kitkraft on: December 29, 2010 11:27:05 AM
This entry is about making your own custom cocktail coasters. Using an Image transfer technique.  

(we are new to craftster so you will have to click the link to see our photos...sorry)
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Cocktails are for grown-ups and we think it is a good idea to choose artwork that reflects that. (Or at least we think it is a good opportunity to play with some more "risque" imagery) For our coasters we chose a long gone, but not forgotten illustrator named Aubrey Beardsley. A french artist of the art nouveau period, he was best known for illustrating classics such as Aristophanes Lysistrata, and his drawings for Oscar Wildes play Salome.

This was a really fun project and the results were amazing!  

here is another look at the completed project:
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If you like what you see and want to know exactly how we did it... you can follow our step by step tutorial at:

Hope you like it!  If you make any coaster of your own we would love to see them!  Post them here craftster we'll check 'em out!

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