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Re: Shrinky-dinks

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Ron Pachter (rpachter)
Wed, 20 Aug 1997 17:14:13 -0800

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Don't waste one penny on buying shrink plastic. I have had great success
with the plastic covers from salad take out, cakes & other bakery items,
meat containers, etc. You have to experiment as some shrink better than
others, and some shrink at different percentages. Just be sure you get the
stiff plastics like are used for food. I use a toaster oven with a piece of
mat board dusted with baby powder. We either use permanent markers or
colored pencils or combo of both. If using colored pencils, be sure to
lightly sand the plastic first to get the surface to accept the pencils.
Punch all holes & do all cutting before shrinking. I use about 250-300
degrees. Some plastics take longer than others. It will curl up and you'll
think it's ruined, but be patient. Also, the toaster ovens tend to heat up
and shut off, so you may have to open the door once in awhile to keep the
heat going. I've had pieces shrink in 60 seconds, others take an hour. My
kids love it. And it's practically free.

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