Chris Gardner

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Comments - How to: Make DIY Shrinky Dinks

Sarah on Nov 28, 2012:

@ Kat
Yes, all the plastics do smell somewhat, and most people do have a problem with them. Even #5 probly smells like hot glue or if your ironing on a high setting --i wouldnt know im used to it. ;) there are a couple of ways that ive tried besides the oven i wouldnt recommend them though they're a burn hazard. Blow dryers dont work--- at least mine didnt work. The iron i use to shape pieces of plastic -- by bending them over the edges--- and i use to melt flatbacks onto beads. This takes practice...and you need protective heat gloves and tools like solder tweezers to do it.. Probably be cheaper and safer to get the heat gun. Also once you use that iron for plastic, you can never use it on clothes again... So you 'll have to get a new iron as well. And the iron wont melt it into a moldable form just a big 'ol mess that hardens as soon as you lift the iron off it. The plastic also sticks so you have to be fast... And have to constantly clean the iron with tin foil... Which is also a burn hazard. The best safest way i know is an outdoor kiln or oven ... But they are expensive. So dont do anything your mom doesnt want you to, and get the heat gun!


Kat on Nov 23, 2012:

Hi
This sounds a bit silly but my mom won't let me use her oven. She's afraid of toxins that come from heating plastics. I tried telling her #6 is safe but she won't believe me. She doesn't like the smell either, when we get takeout she always insists on us putting the food in a metal bowl.

So I'm wondering, is there something else we can use to heat it? Like an iron or hair dryer? I saw online you can use a heat gun but we haven't one. Does anyone have any other suggestions?

Thanks :)


Sarah on Oct 10, 2012:

FYI to all worried about how toxic plastics are:
The only one you should really worry about is #3: PVC it is highly toxic and you will know from the smell.... It smells like rotting corpses, or really bad dog breath. I melt plastic in my oven in molds ive done all of em except for #1 (melting point too high for my molds) #3 was on accident when i was melting holes to turn a bowl into a flower pot. All the rest dont smell that bad and are pretty safe with ventilation. My favorite is # 5 (bottle caps, ect) no smell at all And melts to a liquid... Doesnt stick, and so many colors ! Acrylic is awesome too! # 2 s and #4 smell like wax, and 6 ( plastic spoons???) has kind of a funky booty smell but its not nauseating. So if you see #3 for the love of god RUN!!!!


Phil on Sep 13, 2012:

Vicki is incorrect on both counts.  If #6 plastic foam (polystyrene) emitted toxic chemicals when heated, then it wouldn't be microwave-safe.  You'd be getting toxic chemicals every time you reheat food you took home from a restaurant.  Look up "polystyrene" (which is what #6 plastic is) on Wikipedia.


Also, #6 foam absolutely does shrink.  I've done it several times.  As I said before, it doesn't necessarily shink uniformly (shrinking more in one direction than the other), which makes it tricky to work with.


Sara on Sep 12, 2012:

Does #5 plastic work?


Agatha on Sep 12, 2012:

:)


Jen on Jul 02, 2012:

Thanks for the tip! I love recycling crafts! Here's an extra tip I picked up from craft shows: You can press rubber stamps into the soft plastic for texture.


Anonymous on Jun 16, 2012:

We hole punched some princesses before and then using a couple of cheap findings from a craft store made a cute princess shrinky dink bracelet. The holes shrunk, but were large enough to attach to the rings.


 


Anonymous on Jun 09, 2012:

Keychains


Anonymous on May 26, 2012:

Well i've passed your teachings on to a friend who asked me about shrinky dinks. I made sure to stress he only use the no. 6 plastic for safety. His project came out fantastic and he called me martha stewart :0))) thanks!!


Anonymous on May 26, 2012:

Well i've passed your teachings on to a friend who asked me about shrinky dinks. I made sure to stress he only use the no. 6 plastic for safety. His project came out fantastic and he called me martha stewart :0))) thanks!!


Smidge on May 26, 2012:

It should be  >>>>>  #5 Plastic <<<<<!


 


hannkl on May 09, 2012:

You can seal regular shrink dinks with clear HEAT embossing powder and heat gun, so I'd guess it would work on these as well.


hannkl on May 09, 2012:

You can seal regular shrink dinks with clear HEAT embossing powder and heat gun, so I'd guess it would work on these as well.


Keri on May 07, 2012:

Just made these with my 5 year old. They turned out perfectly! We made pendants and couldn't be happier with the results. Talk about an immediate gratification project! The finished product was in our hands in less than 5 minutes from when we started. Thanks for the idea. :)


Cmarie on Apr 28, 2012:

Both my parents are retired teachers, so I can relate. :) I live making these as a kid. I'm definitely going to do this with my youngest next weekend! I have an extra toaster oven and I'm going to use it outside. No worry of fumes indoors. Completely ventilated!


Vicki on Apr 22, 2012:

Whoever is using the #6 FOAM plastic needs to stop.  That stuff emits toxic chemicals into the air when heated.  Plus, from what I've read, the #6 foam plastic (meat trays, etc) doesn't shrink.


Vicki on Apr 22, 2012:

Whoever is using the #6 FOAM plastic needs to stop.  That stuff emits toxic chemicals into the air when heated.  Plus, from what I've read, the #6 foam plastic (meat trays, etc) doesn't shrink.


Anonymous on Apr 20, 2012:

This is an awsome idea thank you! I wonder if mod podge would work for a sealer?


Anonymous on Apr 20, 2012:

This is an awsome idea thank you! I wonder if mod podge would work for a sealer?


Janie on Mar 27, 2012:

Does anyone know if this would work on plastic number/letters that are from those outdoor signs?  I saved a ton from the dump but they are pretty big (like 6") and I'm having a hard time thinking of things to decorate with them at that size.  I don't want to ruin my oven by heating them.  They are quite thick already but I don't care if they get thicker.


SharonBelle72 on Mar 13, 2012:

what a great opportunity for custom scrapbooking tags! or name badges- just add a brooch back i wonder if you can thicken it by putting two sheets together- or sandwhich a picture or something between....


Anonymous on Mar 02, 2012:

That's a GREAT idea Nay! I'm going to do that for my niece. 


Nay on Feb 25, 2012:

During the '70's my best friend in 9th grade used our school mascot image and made earrings and necklaces.  They were a huge hit and she sold tons of them!   


Jewelya on Feb 05, 2012:

We used to make these as kids in the 70's, in our oven, using the plastic lids from the liver containers my folks used to buy at alpha beta. We used to make earings with them, We simply used a hole punch at the top of our square, round or triangle design, and you could slip them onto the gold or silver hanging earings thingy,  and you could change out your design every so often, cute stuff! We also made pendants, and even used embroidery yarn to make necklaces for our family and friends for christmas gifts. Ah, the good ol' days!


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