Tigerlilly Quinn: Shrinkie dinky shrinkie dinks

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Shrinkie dinky shrinkie dinks

If you follow me on Instagram (@tigerlillyquinn) you will know that this past week I have been a leeetle obsessed with Shrinkie dinks...obsessed. I'd never tried them before (or even tried the old classic of shrinking a crisp packet) so it took quite a bit of trial and error but was SO much fun. I bought my packet of shrink paper from Ebay for around £5, they shrink whatever image you draw on them to a 6th of its size and make it six times as thick. Sure you could follow their instructions of what size you need to draw your image for a reasonable sized result but I never read instructions and trial and error is so much more fun ;)
Here are some foxes designs I made..
 I used a sharpie to draw the outlines and different coloured Crayola crayons to colour them in
you then need to cut round the design leaving a small border
 here are some close up before I pop them in the oven..
 you need to preheat your oven to about 150c and then place the designs on a bit of tin foil (or as i had none some grease proof paper will do). Watching them shrink is such a magical thing, I wish I could have filmed it and done it justice. They will twist and turn in the heat whilst shrinking until done when they lay themselves flat. Some colours work a lot better than others and you need to learn to be patient and not touch them immediately or you should smudge the ink. Here are how these ones turned out along with a large (a full paged fox).
Although clearly you cant tell from these images but you will be left a design that is made of thick hard plastic now. You can use these as badges or if you pre make the holes before shrinking they can be made into ornaments of pendants! 
Whilst I was at it I tried a few more designs..
 I smudged this one as it came out the oven!
It was so fun to do some 'just for fun' art again and not work to any deadline or for profit. I found it very therapeutic! (not that I don't enjoy my paid work but sometimes its nice to just do some experimenting!). Everyday this week Tom has come home to ''do you want to see the shrinkie dinks I made today??'' or ''hey! do you want to make some shrinkie dinks together this evening?'' (mostly I just like saying the word 'shrinkie dink, as that is funny in itself). He will be pleased to hear I've used up all six sheets..but look forward to ordering some more after Christmas! 
I'm thinking of turning these ones into badges. What would you make? xoxo

13 comments:

Rainbow Vintage Home said...

I LOVE shrink plastic!! We have so much fun with it...I have some of the clear stuff too - makes great Christmas tree decorations cause the lights shine through them like tiny stained glass windows. Happy Christmas Fritha! Rachel x

Andrea @ little buckles said...

Love this! I've never seen this before. I bet the kids would love it too! X

fritha strickland said...

@rachel OH! I will have to try the clear stuff next then! Have a lovely Christmas too xx

fritha strickland said...

@Andrea yes! your kids will love them, I kept thinking how fun it would be when Wilf can draw little doodle that I can use! x

sittinginthekitchensink said...

I love playing with shrink plastic - I used to sell jewellery made out of it for a few extra £ when at uni! Seeing all your shrinkle pics on instagram this week reminded me I've still got a stash of it somewhere. I'll have to dig it out! Love all your foxes!

fritha strickland said...

ha yes I think I may have over done it on the insta pics this week! If you do dig them out, show me what you make! :) x

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Kate Blandford said...

I bought some shrink plastic and tried to make some badges a while back but when I put them in the oven (following the instructions carefully) they came out all brown and burnt! Perhaps I just bought rubbish, which ebay seller did you use?

Mum2BabyInsomniac said...

Wow! This looks so much fun, I am def going to try this! X

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fritha strickland said...

@kate how odd! What did you use to colour them in with? I bought these http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251064841623?var=550134571827&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649 in white xx

fritha strickland said...

Jess you will love it! And L will too! x

Fash Era said...

aww the pictures are so cute!! really sweet! Wld love to c u drop by my blog!
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