Thursday, May 19, 2011

Shrinky Dink Meets Fairyopolis

I have a new bracelet!  It is made using good old fashioned Shrinky Dink.
Shrinky Dink has been around for a very long time.  It is a plastic that shrinks when it is heated.  What is relatively new about it, is that they have Shrinky Dink for Ink Jet printers. I bought mine at Michael's Craft store.
The project began with me picking six images from the Fairyopolis triple disk CD.  I printed this page right onto the shrinky dink.
Then I cut my images out.  They were roughly four inches tall to start.  After "shrinking" they are about 1 1/2 inches tall and nine times as thick as the original plastic sheet I started with.
I also measured the location to punch holes on each piece.  These holes are 1/8 size right now, but when shrunk, my jump rings barely fit through the tiny holes.  Now they were all ready to be heated.
You need to follow the manufacturer's instructions for baking.  This is hard to watch.  In the oven you see these pieces moving and curling.
Eventually they are shrunk.  I pull them out of the oven and press a piece of tile down on the tiny shrunk plastic to make sure they harden flat.
 All I had left to do was spend a little time joining all my fairies with jump rings.
 The bracelet is so unique and fun.
I'll be doing more with shrink plastic this weekend!


  1. AnonymousMay 19, 2011

    I remember my daughter and I years ago playing with this in the child form... She loves fairies so much...What a great great surprise something like this would be! I really love how it turned out. Thanks for explaining everything so well with the photo's!
    Have a super day!

  2. This looks like too much fun! I have to try it. Thanks for sharing the info. I remember the old shrinky dink and had no idea they had come this far. I have to ask also...where did you get that fabulous hand? That is just wonderful. Connie

  3. The hand was a gift from a friend who knew I would find something to do with it!

  4. Beautiful projects Carmi! Although you wouldn't be able to print on it like you did here, did you know that any recycled plastic with the number 6 recycling symbol, will shrink too? Lots of food packaging is number 6. If you want to color on it, you just need to sand it on one side to rough it up a bit. Works great and it is free!

  5. Another fabulous creation Carmi!!

  6. Another fabulous creation, Carmi!!