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April 28, 2005

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am i crazy - because i think i can see the eyes in the picture, even before i enlarge it. two little black dots, right (RIGHT) below the black upper half. no?

I haven't done shrink plastic in a while, and I've been looking for the ink jet kind ever since Avery stopped making it. Have you tried shrinking it in the oven at a lower heat? I seem to remember that if it shrinks too quickly it will have some curls in it. Have you considered using a needle head dipped into paint to re-dot the eyes? Such a cute idea!!

great post... anxious to see everyones suggestions

I remember using the non-printer sheets from the local craft store. I recall that they would curl up and then flatten in the oven. If you watch a sample, you'll see it curl but at 20 seconds later it will flatten out and then thats when I remove them. I did these in the toaster oven. Maybe it has to do with the temperature? Maybe check the directions from the old standbys and see what the differences are?

First thing you need to do to make the colors come out right is lighten them/fade them back in your graphics application so details don't darken up and disappear. I made some of these a while ago (shrinky dink pieces of sushi, which turned out great), and I kept having to dial it back so everything didn't turn totally dark in the heating process.

Then, keep the faith when you're baking them. They will uncurl and shrink back flat most of the time. You just have to leave them in a hair longer than you're comfortable with.

I like the little dot eyes they have, adds whimsey. You've really done a great job with this party!...I saw somewhere on the web, something that was banana sented, and it was called "Monkey Farts"!

Those are *so* cute! I've never done shrinky dinks before (I know, deprived childhood), so I don't have any suggestions about the flattening, but would some sort of pen work for dotting on the eyes? Probaby Myra's idea of paint would stick better.

May I suggest "google eyes" for the eyes? I think they would be perfect and they come in all sizes.

these turned out so cute! i can never get my shrinky dinks to come out flat. i have always used the printer sheets and they always seemed "ripple-y" around the edges.

i recently bought a shrinky dink kit at hobby lobby though and i am going to try those.

oh, when i tried to use colored pencils on the printer sheets, it didn't work. maybe i was coloring on the wrong side. don't know.

i cannot wait to see the pictures from the party!

Sweet! Thanks for the link... I've been looking for that stuff everywhere!

I think the monkeys look wonderful! We are always most critical of our own work. Sometimes beads look cute glued on for eyes or a dot of white paint and then a contrasting color on top of the white so that it shows up a little better.
I found my Shrinky Dink materials in the paper craft section at Michael's Craft Store. They had many different textures available.
Sometimes, while the plastic is still warm, not hot, you can press them to flatten them more. Also, it matters which side of the plastic you color on. It should tell you in the directions. Usually it's the back of the item that you color on.
My last Shrinky Dink project was my own version of Flat Stanley. My best friend was getting married and I couldn't be there in person, so I made a little version of my husband and me and sent it to them as a suprise. She stood us up near the altar and all the guests thought it was cute.
Have fun with your project!

i'm looking for the inkjet shrink plastic. who carries it? people look at me as if i asked for hubcaps to fit my cat.

I have used the conventional shrink plastic with colored pencils in the past with great success. I purchased the inkjet plastic to use in my printer, and output a trial sheet. I was very disappointed with the results - 3 out of 4 curled up so tight I couldn't get them to uncurl at all. One of them was relatively flat, but still was very rippled. The directions that came with the sheets said that it didn't matter which side you printed on.

I ordered the sheets from McGonigal Papers. It was very pricey.

Has anyone tried sanding a conventional sheet and running it through your inkjet printer?

I had to make the image 80% transparent so that it wasn't too dark upon shrinking.

I had EXACTLY the same problem with a large batch of Grafix white inkjet shrink plastic. I was making political buttons. Flattening them was nearly impossible. Didn't matter how long I heated them. I finally wound up doing a tricky dance involving a heat gun, a spatula, gloves, long bamboo skewers, and very fast action. I burned myself and lost a few in the process. I would not buy this brand again. But the NON-inkjet shrink plastic that my friend and I used flattened fine!

I had EXACTLY the same problem with a large batch of Grafix white inkjet shrink plastic. I was making political buttons. Flattening them was nearly impossible. Didn't matter how long I heated them. I finally wound up doing a tricky dance involving a heat gun, a spatula, gloves, long bamboo skewers, and very fast action. I burned myself and lost a few in the process. I would not buy this brand again. But the NON-inkjet shrink plastic that my friend and I used flattened fine!

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