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« on: March 16, 2006 12:25:13 AM »

ok, i didn't use legitimate SD, just #6 recyclable plastic. the idea was to have plastic labels to sew onto my purses that i make, but that clearly will not be happening today. here's what i'm working with:

this is exactly what i did:
- sand one side of the plastic a bit
- cut plastic into 8 strips
- punch holes with a cute heart punch
- write my 'company' name on each with a sharpie
- pre-heat toaster oven to 350
- open a cream soda
- place plastics on foil, on a cookie sheet, put in toaster oven
- pulled them out a few seconds after they stopped moving

any tips to reduce this craziness? i'm going to check the mail, then go after these suckers with a heat gun and pliars as to not burn myself. i'll be back soon, after i try re-melting them!

EDIT: turned out they needed to be in a bit longer than i was comfortable with! after a few seconds i was getting worried about how long it was going to take, and when i remembered where my respirator was, the plastics had started to right themselves. so, no respirator, just worries!

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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2006 12:29:49 AM »

its really not necessary to sand it? or well i'm not sure i never sand mine. but i would say your best bet is to pop them back in the oven and see if they'll shrink down a little better

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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2006 12:37:06 AM »

its really not necessary to sand it? or well i'm not sure i never sand mine. but i would say your best bet is to pop them back in the oven and see if they'll shrink down a little better

i just sanded them to make them more opaque Smiley
but i did stick them back in the toaster oven, but nothing happened, i may pop them in again tomorrow afternoon so i can properly open the windows, but i'm afraid that they'll burn and get singed....

« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2006 04:39:41 AM »

heh, I was about to come and say leave them for a little longer but you figured it out anyway, but I didn't know you could use No 6 plastic to shrink! how awesome, I have that stuff lying around everywhere Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2006 07:30:19 AM »

If you need to put shrinkies back in for a 2nd go they will need longer than they originally would have needed for the first go.  Smiley When I made my first shrinkies I didn't leave them in long enough -which was a pain as it's only really a few seconds after they have gone back to being flat that they needed.  Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2006 10:36:11 AM »

wow that looks really cool!  I've never tried anything like that before.. where do you get the plastic from? and how much does it usually shrink?

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« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2006 10:44:00 AM »

you could do that again leave them in for not long enough because theyd make awesome keyrings! Smiley like a freebie with your products
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