For those of you who are new to this, you can experiment with those clear, stiff plastic containers that
food comes in--like cakes or strawberries. Often these will work just fine. Put them in the toaster and see what happens. They first start to curl up and you tend to panic, but then they shrink down and lay back down. We usually have a pancake turner to flatten them out well when they're done.
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"Shrinky-Dink" is a brand name. So is "Shrink-it"
(that was is an Aleene's product). Both are available
at craft stores, and are essentially the same product.
They are thin plastic sheets that you can colour on
using 'permanent' things like pencil crayons, or
sharpie markers (crayola's do not work). You can cut
the plastic very easily. Then - the fun begins!
Simply follow the directions on the package - put in
oven and watch it shrink! (hence the name!) Items
shrink to less than half of their original size, and
thicken up. Once cool they are very hard and usually
unbreakable. Makes good pendants and keychains.
shrinkydinks.com/ - this site will help you
understand.....(I've taken off the www. so the e-mail
doesn't get bounced)
dltk-kids.com/type/shrinky.html - has good patterns
(I've taken off the www.)
- has a nice tutorial for making pins (no www. on this
Hope that helps!
Kids love doing shrinky-dink (even if they can't
handle the name of the product - hahahah!)
FUn for all ages!