|Aren't these great? You can use them as necklace or bracelet charms, or even hang them from the edges of your handmade books!|
Have you played with Shrinky Dinks lately?
First there were the Shrinkies you played with as a kid. Then there were the ones you (may have) played with as an adult, where you drew pictures onto the film, colored them in with markers or colored pencils, punched a hole or two, and heated in your oven or with a heat gun. Now you can print them out on your ink jet printer, cut out and shrink away. The possibilities are endless, including printing out photos, clip art, and words.
For the printed version, you need to use specially treated film sold by Shrinkydinks (the regular Shrinky film won't work for printers) and lighten your image by reducing the opacity to about 60%. (It darkens when it shrinks). You can get the inkjet printer film at Hobby Lobby or Michaels, or online. http://www.shrinkydinks.com/
If you don't want to do the work of preparing images yourself, you can get some terrific PDFs from Country Living magazine: http://www.countryliving.com/crafts/projects/how-to-make-a-shriky-dink-bracelet
I used these to make the charms at the top of this post with great success!
|This will give you some idea of how much they shrink.|
Let me know if you try them and how it goes.