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How to Make Shrinky Dink Charms in Ten Easy Steps by geothebio How to Make Shrinky Dink Charms in Ten Easy Steps by geothebio
quite a few people on tumblr have asked me how i make my shrinky dink charms that i sell at cons, so i decided to make a tutorial!

to see the full tutorial go here: geothebio.tumblr.com/post/6018…

feel free to make your own charms (just don't copy the design i use here) for relatively little money! if you live in the UK, shrinky dinks are virtually impossible to find in stores. the good news is, you can order them on amazon, in a variety of styles. i know some shrinky dink sheets have a rough side that is used for colored pencil use, but the sheets i used here didn't have a rough side, so i had to use sandpaper. if your sheets have a rough side, don't use sandpaper!

happy crafting!
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:iconsilvernight108:
SilverNight108 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
do you know any stores or websites i can get this in Australia?
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AnnieManga Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a question:
How does the design have to be so that it can shrink to a reasonable size?
(because I don't want the charms to be too small)
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:icongeothebio:
geothebio Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i would say make it about 2-3 times bigger than the size you want it to be

a 2 inch design would shrink down to one inch

a 3.5 inch design would shrink to about 1.5 inches or so

really it's all trial and error, that's how i figured it out
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:iconanniemanga:
AnnieManga Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, thank you.Ene (Smile) [V7] 
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Shikimura Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
I was wondering but how come you sand it down?
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:icongeothebio:
geothebio Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the sanding makes sure the colored pencil stays on without flaking off
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Shikimura Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
ohh okie thanks for the info!
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:iconflexie-the-hedgehog:
Flexie-the-Hedgehog Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
where did you trace over the one in step two? orrr what is that plastic called?
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:icongeothebio:
geothebio Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i traced it directly onto the shrinky dink plastic
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:iconflexie-the-hedgehog:
Flexie-the-Hedgehog Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
oooh okay. is there a substitute if i don't own a shrinky dink plastic? i can't find some in my country D:
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:icongeothebio:
geothebio Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
just search for "shrink plastic" and then add the name of your country after that and you should be able to find some substitutes!
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HeyoMojo Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Around how big should the original design (on the lined paper) be? Fantastic work by the way!
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:icongeothebio:
geothebio Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i would say about 2.5 in. wide and 3 in. tall
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:iconheyomojo:
HeyoMojo Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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xMJJMoonwalker Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
... *runs off to make millions of shrinky dinks*
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:icondreams-longforgotten:
I've made bracelets by stamping an image then using a heat gun to shrink the image you can only do a few at time since it starts to burn your fingers I can never get the shrink to lay flat using the oven they always curl on me. then again if you burn your fingerprints off... I like your tutorial I've never added color to my images I always end up smearing the lines not sure why colored pencils never crossed my mind. Thanks!
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pinkpigeon111 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
oh very helpful and clear. I didn't realize I already have all I need haha. Thanks!
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:iconstergios:
stergios Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice tutorial :D :D
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:iconlexis-andpals:
Lexis-andPals Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
can you use acetate as sheets?
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:iconnarufan808:
NaruFan808 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So cool~! *7*
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:iconbaequaza:
baequaza Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Student General Artist
When you use the sandpaper, do you do it to both sides, or just to one? Same question for the coloring and outlining with sharpie.

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:icongeothebio:
geothebio Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
just do both of those things on one side only
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:iconbaequaza:
baequaza Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Student General Artist
okay, thanks c:
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KupiecKorzenny Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Seems awesome, a pity I can't find proper sheets here in Poland and shipping costs A LOT.
Is there something I can use instead?
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geothebio Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i heard you can use #6 plastic containers as shrink plastic! just google "home made shrinky dinks" or something similar and you should find plenty of tutorials!
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KupiecKorzenny Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Student General Artist
thank you very much! :la:
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asparagusApparatus Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
you can do this with inkjet shrink paper too!
You don't have to color it by hand over and over 
(except the paper is expensiiiiveee)

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:icongeothebio:
geothebio Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah, i looked into that paper but i found it to be much cheaper just coloring them all by hand each time C:
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AbbyElena Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist
THANK YOU SO EFFING MUCH!!!!!!! love you ~<3 x3
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:iconbeetle-black:
beetle-black Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Student General Artist
I totally just read the title as "stinky drinks"
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:icongeothebio:
geothebio Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
most people read it as "shrinky dicks" haha
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beetle-black Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Student General Artist
LOL
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:iconkittyzilla:
KittyZilla Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
i'll have to try and do this
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Effi-illustrations Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
There are Shrinky Dinks Ink Jet were you can just print down your images. I prefer those. It looks more professional and it's way more easier to reproduce your stuff (: They work almost the same way.
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Peach-Jelly Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Questions for the artist:
1) After you bake 'em, you said you wipe them down with a paper towel. Do they smudge if you do this? Do you have to be careful about it?
2) Do you have to use Mod Podge, or would something like nail polish top coat work too?
3) Suggestion: I've noticed that if you have a toaster oven, those tend to work way more quickly and heat more consistently than a conventional oven for Shrinky Dinks.
4) Why use sand paper? Shrinky Dinks has "frosted" paper that is basically the same thing.
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geothebio Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
1. no, it shouldn't smudge, don't use a wet paper towel!

2. i wouldn't use clear nail polish, it'll get sticky (i've tried that before i got mod podge), but there are other alternative clear acrylic sealants that work just as well!

3. we don't have a toaster oven, but i have heard that as well! i also heard that a heat gun also works :)

4. like i said in the comments, don't use sandpaper if you haev the frosted (the kind with the rough side already there). i just happened to buy the plain shrinky dink paper without the rough side (it was cheaper)
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Peach-Jelly Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the feedback! I will have to try the mod podge thing to waterproof my charms. :)
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Nuei Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ok, just What the hell is happening here?
I've been working with shrinky dinks for almost a year and no printer ink and no copic marker ink has worn off, not even a bit. And I'm wearing them as keychains, throwing them wherever I feel like when I get home, using them for playing with my cats, etc.
Not even a scratch. They are all as new. wut
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geothebio Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
someone told me on tumblr that they tried to use copics and it just bled all over the place (and i don't own copics or anything) but if that method works for you go ahead and keep using it!
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BaGgY666 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
awesome stuff! I have an urge to make these now xD
I think in the UK, Hobbycraft stores sell something called Shrinkles which I think might be the same stuff (?) not sure, but I'm definitely looking into this 8D
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Folkenstal Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I work with shrinky dinks now, shrinky dinks are cool C:
Add fez for coolness.
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LallaBelle Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Thanks! I've loved using shrinky dinkys but always got frustrated when the colour rubs off and honestly hadn't thought to use mod podge as a varnish for it. Definitely going to be attempting some designs now. :)
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Lorenith Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
For an even easier and practically free way to get the material to make shrinky dinks, you can use #6 plastic. That's literally all a shrinky dink is: #6 plastic.

If you go this route the cook time will likely be different  and will take some experimenting (cook time is determined by the thickness of the plastic you start out with)

It's also worth noting for people who may have not done shrinky dinks before, the fumes from cooking the plastic can be smelly and make some people sick (I don't know if the fumes are toxic but its probably safest to make sure to keep the area very well ventilated while cooking them). Don't do too many at once.
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ZakuraWolfe Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have to try this sometime D: Thanks so much for posting!
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KyashaKitsune Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013   General Artist
I was considering using shrinky dinks but wasn't sure about using them, now I definitely want to use them :XD: does the cutting stage come before or after heating?
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geothebio Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the cutting comes before the heating! if you heat it and then try to cut it, the plastic will be too thick to cut!
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KyashaKitsune Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013   General Artist
oh ok thanks! =)
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ninjassinwolf Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Before heating, after heating them they become thicker and harder to cut, dont break your hand, do it before. haha
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KyashaKitsune Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013   General Artist
HAHA! Ok I will definitely remember that, thanks! =)
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awdrie Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
wow, actually I had just bought shrinky dinks and some modpodge to make keychains;;
this is a really nice tutorial I will refer to aside from the one I had learned this from >v<
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