Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Shrinky Dinks!!

I don't know why my camera says 01/01/04 when I have changed the date to 03/30/11. Oh well!...who cares!

We have had this packet of Shrinky Dinks forever!!

Now that the boys are off from school due to spring break, we decided to give this thing a try. It was a fun little project and even the boys were excited! I didn't even know something like this exists so I had to do a little bit of reading on blogland! It did not help a lot so I called customer service and the lady on the other end spoke to me like I was a moron. I guess she must have figured out that I am craft challenged. :)) All I wanted to know was should I color on the rough side or the smooth side and instead of providing some sort of guidance, she said,'its your choice.'

Well, the first thing I could figure out from the instructions was that the image can be printed, drawn or traced on the plastic sheet. Since we decided to make a name tag/ luggage tag for IP's ice hockey bag I drew the following on a piece of paper.

IP placed a shrinky dink sheet on the paper (smooth side up) and traced over it. It is a good idea to tape the sheet to the paper. He used a black sharpie to trace and colored on the rough side using pencil colors.

Now SP cannot be left out so he decided to do all the steps on his own. He decided to make a monster so he drew, traced and colored it.

We had small piece leftover... so the frugal side of mine used it to make an initial charm.

We placed all our creations on a brown bag lined cookie sheet. As per the instructions, they were placed colored side up.

The most important step is to round the corners and punch a hole BEFORE baking. They do really harden and thicken so it is impossible to do anything to it once baked.

Preheat the oven at 350 degrees F and place the tray in the oven for 1 to 3 minutes. I opened the oven door less than a minute into the process and this is what I saw. I panicked and pulled the tray out immediately!!!

I should not have done that! Though my piece had shrunk, the boys' had just started shrinking. I tried to uncurl them with two forks, and in doing so, I cracked IP's ice hockey bag tag. :(( But the ever forgiving IP did not mind it.

I did not know what to do next so I just threw them back in the oven thinking they will be more pliable if they heat up a little.

Much to my relief, they did flatten out after a minute and once they cooled down, we were all happy with our pieces!!

Now that I know more, I will definitely do it again! Shrinky Dinks rock!!

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