I was recently given a pack of Shrinky Dink plastic sheets. Unfortunately, the pack is a "refill", which means the instructions for how to use them are not on the package. Anyone know what types of markers work with Shrinky Dinks, and what temperature they should be baked at? Thanks,
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By (Guest Post)03/08/2008
The shrink dinks have curled up and my oven stinks. They are now flattening out. Should i keep my oven going or not.
whoops, never mind. if i knew how to delete this, i would. sorry!
You can also use a toaster oven for this, as long as your item will fit in the smaller oven. Mine always fit and its cheaper to heat than my regular oven.
By bob (Guest Post)11/07/2007
ty so thats how they do it
By djhfdlkshgbkl (Guest Post)04/14/2007
any markers will work. i find crayola thin tips are best also lorentine pencil crayons are great too. any coloring utensil works except crayons
By omg!xD (Guest Post)01/09/2009
I really need shrinky dinks, but they are too expensive!
preheat oven to 325 degrees F
print the template on PAPER
position the shrinky dink blank overtop of the printout (whichever image you want). The shrinky dink material should be positioned smooth side down/rough side up
trace the image with a black pencil crayon (you should be writing on the rough side of the material) -- you can trace with an ordinary pencil, but it smudges easier than the pencil crayon does.
color the image in with pencil crayons (make sure you color white areas in with a white pencil crayon!)
cut out the shrinky dink -- always leave a border of uncolored material around the image. cut it out roughly (without sharp corners) the sharper edges break off easier.
hole punch the top of the shrinky dink (if you're planning to make a necklace or keychain)
place the shrinky dink on a cookie sheet or tinfoil pie plate with the rough side up and the smooth side down
put it in the oven (have the oven light on) and WATCH IT SHRINK. It goes really quick (under a minute). It will curl up and then flatten out. Let the piece flatten and then wait 30 seconds. Remove from the oven
let cool 10 minutes
Perment marker pens can also be used to color your shrinky dink plastic. And you can also use a heat gun to shrnk them with. But I think the toaster oven is the best way. Also a lot of the thick clear plastic you get containg the things you buy, the packing that so much stuff comes in, like razors from Costco, can also be used for shrink dinks. You will have to experment a little, but it works close to the pricey stuff, and you recycled another item. I love to make mobiles for the kids rooms. Have fun. Clara from Wa state
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