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.
Here are links to all the posts, for your ease of reading pleasure.
This section is a good basic tutorial on how to make shrinky jewerly from old takeout containers, with just sharpies, scissors, a hole punch, and a bit of creativity. Be sure to read the comments, there are extra tips there about how long to heat them, and whether there are issues with fumes, and some other good points.
This section is the first of the experiments. We cover several cool ideas, like drawing on the front and back of the plastic. Also we tried several ways of sealing the charm, which produced different effects. You could totally incorporate these effects into your design. The comments include several good suggestions for other methods of sealing the shrinky.
The second day of odd experiments included what would happen if you sealed the shrinky PRIOR to shrinking, as well as a really neat effect using spraypaint. We also shrink non-flat plastic (the side of a to-go box) and make a ring out of it. And we combine several of the techniques to make a giant suncatcher, seeing just how big a shrinky we can make! Finally, we use colored pencils, rather than Sharpies, to color our design.
This is the post where the commenters really come through. Not only do we have the (mixed) results of my sealing using polyurethane, the commenter pipe up with a bunch of other solutions, and several do their own tests to really give us all the data. If you’re interested in sealing, this is the post to read (including the comments).
Shrinky Dinkies – Special Edition : Make Wraparound Wine Glass Markers
This is not really part of the test lab, but was a fun project tutorial to make temporary wine glass markers. Plus the idea of doing a shrinky making party with your friends!