An Imperfect Medium or Imperfect Artist?
Due to my initial shrinks failing to end up perfect-one angel ended up having one fat leg and one skinnier leg-she looked like she had elephantitus-(see two bottom angels in photo)-I decided to give this Shrinky Dink medium one last go, I forced myself to re-read directions written so a five year old could understand them. This time I painted the angel and snail on the sanded side but inked as suggested on the slick side of the plastic. Only problem as you can see by the photo–is despite letting the waterproof ink dry, it still smeared the day after.
Husband ordered the dedicated oven be put in the barn for me to cook the dinks as one did smell the vapors in the house. He thought it was because the oven is new. So I gingerly carried the large pieces-angel was ten inches in length out to the barn and cooked each one separately.
The pig was the first, I’d him painted him on the roughened side and cooked at 300 degrees, and wouldn’t you know the paint bubbled. But he shrunk flat and uniform. “Well!” husband-expert exclaimed-“You’re shocking them with too high a temp! That’s why the paint bubbled.” So The snail I cooked at 200 degrees, he kept curling up into a tube, and eventually due to my opening oven door to straighten him out with a knitting needle-he never shrunk to a uniform size. Last was smeary angel and she curled up too much too. The end result this medium failed to produce a fun, whimsical brooch for me to sell or wear.
So there you have it. Shrinky Dink is a medium that kids can do but is too challenging for this artist. I think it would be a perfect medium for that exploratory artist who loves the process of creating something with a serendipitous end. I do have a trick up my sleeve for making pins that LOOK like Shrink Dinks and will share the formula in the future,stay tuned.. But if you have that knack like some etsy artists-just type in Shrinky Dink in ETSY’s search field- that knack I don’t have-you might want to explore this medium- just keep in mind the following:
Shrinky Experimenter’s By-Laws:
• Images will shrink 50% so don’t draw too much detail or lines close together
• Bake on a flat sheet
• Don’t underbake as your designs will end up like my snail
• Don’t leave oven unattended
• Bake in a ventilated place
• Save money and the environment, use #6 plastic food containers-check youtube for videos on this
Meanwhile purple oven and plastic are off to find a new home at our local high school.