My First Shrinky Dink

I had a great childhood. Lots of adventure, friends, and crafting. But somehow along the way, I never had the experience of a "shrinky dink", the sheets of plastic that can be drawn or printed on and melted into small hard plastic shapes. Best suited to pins, buttons, magnets, and jewelry. Apparently all the rage in the 70's and 80's, they somehow skipped over our household. My mom and I were talking on the phone today. I asked her about it. The conversation went like this:

Me: Why didn't we get shrinky dinks growing up? Mom: What? Me: Why did you never introduce us to shrinky dinks? Mom: Oh,....well, that used an oven, and......

My adulthood has been made infinitely better now that I have been introduced to melted plastic. My crafty friend Marra made me a wool felted squid purse for Christmas. Inside the cute little bag, were some socks and a pair of chunky green earrings. I asked where she acquired them. She laughed and said that she liked to put her homemade gifts in fancy packaging to make them look store bought..... I. adore. her.

And so began the experimentation. I thought to myself, this could be an awesome way to make some custom jewelry as my first promo merch. That sounds like a good idea, right? Yep. And so with lots of plastic sheets to spare, Marra gave me a plethora of options to try out. 

I've kept the first ones simple.... tracing an old hot chocolate container onto the plastic to give me a template. Everything I've read said to expect it to shrink to 1/3 of the original size. Some sharpies and some lyrics later and voila! Shrinky dinks!




My favorite is the moment in the oven where the shrinky dinks look like they may not unfold themselves and maybe all that work is wasted. That the oven triumphs once again. Then, they flatten and turn out perfectly fine. Nerdy, I know. 

I love being crafty...and I think once I set a friend loose on designs...well, anticipate some handmade goodness in the near future... official Amy Cox jewelry coming soon!!!! Who's with me?!??!?!?!? What lyrics/symbols/colors should I try out?