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This week’s project was to re-tackle Shrinky Dink. We tried this experiment last summer and had no success. The ink we used to color our images kept coming off and the projects ended up breaking on us, due to our mishandling of the material. This year, we were determined to conquer this challenge and figure out how to create a masterpiece with Shrinky Dink.
This project is fairly simple and straightforward; if you follow the directions, that is. Here is what you’ll need:
Alcohol Based Inks
StayzOn Stamp Pad (optional)
An Oven (either toaster or traditional)
Corner Punch (optional)
Creating these beauties is fairly easy. Draw your image onto the Shrinky Dink paper; color the image using alcohol based inks; cut out the image; then bake it in your oven until the image shrinks down in size and flattens out. Carefully remove your projects from the oven and allow them to cool for a moment. Once they are finished; have fun!
If you’d like, you could use stamps and a StayzOn ink pad to create your images as well. Simply ink your stamp; stamp the image; and color it. The rest of the steps are the same.
What did we do differently this year? Well, here are a few tips on what we did wrong last year and how we did things this year:
- Draw and color on the correct side of the Shrinky Dink. Last year, a few of our kiddos got a little confused.
- Use the correct colored pens. Last year, we thought we could get away with using Crayola markers. It didn’t work out so well. This year, we used colored Sharpies and Pantone markers.
- Use the right ink pad; no water based stamp pads will work. Definitely stick with StayzOn!
- Place the projects face down in the correct manner and not too close to one another, when putting them in the oven. Ours tended to stick to each other, if placed too near. Plus, if put the wrong side up, they will curl in upon themselves and turn into a sticky mess which will break if you try to fix them.
- Use a corner punch for square objects, especially if you are making jewelry (as shown in the above picture). Once shrunk, this material will get very sharp on the edges and cut little fingers, if you aren’t careful.
With these tips in mind, we proceeded with caution. We are very happy to say this year’s projects turned out wonderfully! Our girls even decided to be especially creative and use the Shrinky Dink to make Father’s Day cards for the men in our lives. They turned out beautifully!
Given that we payed attention to instructions, we had a blast and were successful in our endeavors. Let this be a lesson for all our future projects. Yet another successful ‘pin’. (Well, this time around!)
Time To Chime In: Have you ever made jewelry out of Shrinky Dink? Share your creativity!
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