My new favorite crafting material are Shrinky Dinks – draw on a sheet of plastic and put it in the oven and voilà you have your own hard plastic. Whaaat?! 😀 I’ve made my first pairs of earrings for my oldest Star Wars Birthday party. Also made the kids Jedi badges, after they completed the training at the party. I’ve tried them both, the clear and white version. Below you can see the clear version and top is the white version. I just made a pair for Valentine’s Day earrings with simply a red sharpie, again with white Shinky Dink Paper, because it will bring out the colors better. Here are some tips, I learned from my experience with crafting with the 2 different Shrinky Dinks papers (clear and white):
- Use sharpies, any water content in your pens will make your plastic wave
- The white paper doesn’t shrink as much as the clear. Make sure you test the sizing of your work.
- Test the timing on your Shrinky Dinks. It makes a difference if you place your paper on a cool baking sheet or a warm/pre-heated baking sheet.
- Keeping white in too long turns them yellow-brownish – I only kept mine in for 1 minute
- The white doesn’t take as long as the clear to shrink.
- The clear creates a structure one side, white is smooth and shiny on both sides
- You will see glue spots on clear Shinky Dinks- I used a double-sided sheet to attach felt on my badges.
- Acrylic paint reacts different on clear vs white shrinky dinks.