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Re: Shrinky-dinks

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Sandra Hildreth (shildret)
Thu, 23 Apr 1998 23:05:52 -0400

Shrinky-dinks came up as a topic a number of months ago, and someone
said you could make your own by using the rigid clear plastic they use
for salad bar or take-out food containters, etc. I tried it and it
worked great. This is how it went, if I remember it correctly - I cut a
rectangle out of the rigid plastic that was about 1 by 3 inches. I used
a couple of old waterbased markers to draw a peace sign on it (dates me,
doesn't it). The color was weak and pale. I poked a hole in it whe point
of my scissors. Then I put it in my toaster oven at about 300 degrees
and watched it. As it warmed up, it curled up tightly, then shrunk, then
slowly flattened out. When I took it out of the oven, it was about 1/2
by 3/4 of an inch! It was also about an 1/8 of an inch thick now, and
the colors were strong and intense and it had a nice neat hole in it for
attaching to a necklace or earring wire (if one wanted to do that). Now
I'm trying to think of a clever way to have my students work with this
process and to create something creative and/or useful.
Sandra Hildreth
C.L.A.S.S. (Cultural Literacy through Art & Social Studies)
Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617