Saturday, February 14, 2009

Shrinky Dinks Keychains

Remember when you were a kid and the endless hours of fun you would have with that Shrinky Dinks stuff? I sure do! I would make all sorts of stuff by first coloring on the little pieces of plastic and than making jewelry or clips out of it. Sure we've grown up but that does not mean we have to give our love of Shrinky Dinks up. Jessica Jones from one of my favorite blogs posted some short instructions on how to make these cute little keychains out of Shrinky Dinks. If you are familiar with her work you will recognize that she used her own designs on these keychains by printing them out on the sheets, cutting them, and lastly baking them.

How to make:

1. Inkjet, draw, or paint on the sheets.
2. Cut them out.
3. Hole-punch them if you want.
4. Bake at 325ยบ for 2 or 3 minutes on a piece of cardboard.They'll curl up and then flatten out in the oven. After you take them out, you can mash them flat with a spatula while still hot if they didn't flatten. Jessica Jones' printouts were about initially 230% larger than the finished product turned out. If you want the circles to end up 1.5 inches in diameter, print them at 3.5 inches.

Lastly have fun!

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