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Lesson Plans

Shrinky Chihulys

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Fri, 13 Feb 1998 12:17:42 EST

Hi all -
back to the shrinky dinks and this "in-depth" (ha!) idea....

The recipe for making shrinky dinks on your own is very similar to the product
directions if you ordered it from "Aleene" or any of the other places
recommended on this list:

I use the clear plastic from the salad bar at our local grocery store (QFC)
which is a little on the sturdy side for those containers. Cut out flat area
in center of plastic container

1) using sand paper, sand one side of the plastic piece
2) with colored pencil (we found markers work ok too) draw picture ON SANDED
SIDE and color in
3) cut out the shape you want it to be and/or punch a hole in it with a whole
punch if you want to hang it as an ornament or jewelry piece.
4) place in toaster oven, on a sheet of foil paper (foil is just so the item
doesn't fall through the rack)
5) oven temp should be around 250 - 350.... but I found it to be kinda
irrelevant since the piece isn't in there that long.
6) watching through the window, the piece will writhe around, bend up and curl
and do all sorts of cool things, all while shrinking - and then it will
flatten out and resume its original shape, though shrunk considerably. Take
it out immediately and cool - DONE!

or ---You can take it out while it is curled up, before it flattens and shape
it yourself (this is for the teacher to do as delicate hands might burn
alittle - maybe middle and high school kids would be ok - depends)

I thought that a cool Chihuly project could be done this way - coloring large
circle shapes and bending them into vase shapes before they cool off
completely and flatten.

always the experimenter - I was wondering if liter bottle plastic might work
the same - it is the same consistency as the deli container plastic? I haven't
tried it yet however.

ps - please don't ask me about toxicity - fumes.