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   CaliforniaMama  Wednesday Mar 21 12:32 PM

March 21, 2012 Shrinky Dink Martian



Here he comes, a Shrinky-Dink Martian, out of the sky, to visit the humans of Planet Earth.

For the uninitiated, a shrinky-dink is a picture drawn and colored on a certain kind of plastic, placed on a tray and put in the oven to bake. The heat of the oven causes the plastic to shrink.

The plastic shrinks evenly and the picture stays intact.

The point? One can draw and color images in full size and then shrink them down into miniatures. It is a lot easier to color a big picture, especially for children, and a lot of fun to watch it shrink!

Follow the link to Curbly for full instructions.



glatt  Wednesday Mar 21 12:40 PM

A scientist used shrinky dinks to manufacture microfluidic devices for a fraction of the normal cost.



Wombat  Wednesday Mar 21 06:26 PM

I remember doing shrinky-dinks as a kid. I had no idea it was so easy to find the right kind of plastic now, so thanks for the link, I'll be getting my kids to do it on a rainy day :-)



Aliantha  Wednesday Mar 21 06:39 PM

Yeah, I remember making jewellery type things from that stuff.

I might see if I can find some too. I have a midget here who would probably love it.



Aliantha  Wednesday Mar 21 06:41 PM

I also remember that other stuff that was kind of like clay and you made your little model, then put it in the oven and it set, but not really hard. More like hard plastic. I remember I made a plaque for the shower door that stayed there right through my childhood.



wolf  Wednesday Mar 21 06:52 PM

I loved Shrinky Dinks. I'm sure I have a blank batch somewhere around here in a box I haven't opened since I moved.

I never used them for jewelry though, great idea. I had a set of Dungeons and Dragons figures. I think it came with a mini adventure.



Happy Monkey  Thursday Mar 22 11:59 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Aliantha View Post
I also remember that other stuff that was kind of like clay and you made your little model, then put it in the oven and it set, but not really hard. More like hard plastic. I remember I made a plaque for the shower door that stayed there right through my childhood.
Sculpey? Or Fimo?


Aliantha  Thursday Mar 22 06:20 PM

More like the Fimo I think. It was lots of fun.



BigV  Thursday Mar 22 08:03 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Aliantha View Post
I also remember that other stuff that was kind of like clay and you made your little model, then put it in the oven and it set, but not really hard. More like hard plastic. I remember I made a plaque for the shower door that stayed there right through my childhood.
Ask jim to show you his collection of ornaments.


Aliantha  Thursday Mar 22 08:15 PM

I'm pretty sure I saw them. The christmas ones he made with the kids?



BigV  Thursday Mar 22 08:32 PM

Yarp.



wolf  Thursday Mar 22 09:21 PM

Darn, but I love that movie.



sandypossum  Friday Mar 23 01:07 AM

In high school we would put empty chips or twisties packets into the front part of the heaters in the schoolrooms, and they would shrink to a mini version just like these shrinky-dinks. I once made myself a necklace out of all different kinds of tiny chips, twisties, cheezels, etc packets.

And a question for the other Aussies here: I was overseas for a decade during the time the Australian $10 note came out, i.e. the first plastic notes. (For you non-Aussies: they're all like that now.) Is it true that they will shrink like a shrinky-dink as well? I heard if you had one in your pocket when you washed it it would be okay but not if you then put your washing into the clothes dryer, as it would shrink. True? I would try it with a $5 note, but we don't have a clothes dryer.



Aliantha  Friday Mar 23 01:31 AM

Aussie notes don't shrink in the dryer (thank god!). I've tried it lots of times. lol



sandypossum  Saturday Mar 24 12:12 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Aliantha View Post
Aussie notes don't shrink in the dryer (thank god!). I've tried it lots of times. lol
thanks Ali, saves me doing that!


xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Mar 24 01:28 AM

We used to buy sheets of shrinking plastic to make collar tags for the dogs. You could write quite a bit of information on them and still be able to read it after it shrunk.



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