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The Homemade Shrinky Test Lab (redux)

The Homemade Shrinky Test Lab (redux)

So way back in 2008, one of the first big “experiments in craft” I did for Dabbled was what I called the Shrinky Dink Test Lab.  I had run across the idea for using #6 plastic to make homemade shrink plastic (aka ‘Shrinky Dinks’) at various places on the crafty webs, but I decided to delve a little deeper.  I started with a basic project (Doodle Charm Earrings), and that led to other questions.  … [ KEEP READING ]

Shrinky Dinks Test Lab – The Wrap-up Of It All…

Shrinky Dinks Test Lab - The Wrap-up Of It All...

Hope you all enjoyed the shrinky dinks test lab… I sure did!
A reminder, I want to see your creations. If you’re on Flickr, add your pictures to the new Dabbled pool, and/or put a comment here (with a link to your blog) or one of the other Test Lab posts. If we get enough fun stuff, i’ll do a spotlight on readers’ shrinkies :)

Also, be sure to check out the comments, because there are alot of talented people who posted their experiences, especially with sealing, and there is good info to be had.… [ KEEP READING ]

Part 4 of the Shrinky Dink Test lab: Successful sealing.. maybe

Part 4 of the Shrinky Dink Test lab: Successful sealing.. maybe

Go ahead and read below to hear about the experiments (and the comments, some great info there too!), but here is a summary of some of the lessons learned with the various techniques.  What you choose depends on your desired results, and also what you have decorated your shrinkies with:

  • Spray Acrylic – As we learned in our previous experiments, this can cause permanant markers to lighten and/or run together.  So use cautiously, or include these ‘bugs’ as features in your design!
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Part 3: More experimentation in the Shrinky Dink Test Lab

Part 3: More experimentation in the Shrinky Dink Test Lab

Tomorrow: How to successfully seal your shrinkies.. maybe…

Part 3 – More experiments:

1) What happens if you coat your shrinky in clear coat, PRIOR to shrinking?
Let’s use the lightening effect to our advantage for an interesting watercolor effect.… [ KEEP READING ]

Shrinky Dinkies – Special 4th of July Holiday Edition!

Shrinky Dinkies - Special 4th of July Holiday Edition!

We’ll be back with more Shrinky Dink Test lab tomorrow–the experiments continue–, but today is your special Holiday edition!

For the 4th of July, my husband and best friend were running the Peachtree Road Race, so I decided to have brunch at my house and invite over friends for mimosas and food. Since we were doing mimosas (champagne and OJ for the uninitiated), i figured everyone would be drinking out of stemmed glasses and they’d get mixed up, so what about making some fun, temporary glass markers using shrinky dinks.… [ KEEP READING ]

Part 2: What would happen if..? (The Shrinky Dink Test Lab)

Part 2: What would happen if..? (The Shrinky Dink Test Lab)



Shrinky Dinky Test Lab – Intro
Shrinky Dinky Test Lab – Part 1 – How to make Doodle earrings

The Shrinky Dink Test Lab – Part 2

After I finished making the doodle charms, I sat down to write up the tutorial… but I got distracted thinking about what other things I could try. These are the first of the results. Includes instructions for making charms with a different technique.

Test 1: Coloring on the front and back. [ KEEP READING ]