DIY: Shrinky Dink Rings

It's been a long time since I've done a Shrinky Dink project and I forgot just how much fun they are!
There's so many options and ideas but I decided to try and make some rings. Sounds easy enough,
though it wasn't without a lot of trial and error and some sore finger tips, even slight blistering can occur with this project.


First off was to track down the supplies, I didn't have any recyclable #6 plastic so I needed to buy the actual Shrink Dink sheets.
The local craft store had them in clear, solid white or inkjet printable. I just needed the clear for this project.

I also had to find the right ink, sharpie wasn't working as well as I had read. On the packaging it lists several kinds of ink to use.
It MUST be a permanent ink. (I found sharpie markers and paint markers to wipe off)

Finding the right length and width for the rings took some time.
 Then we needed something to wrap the rings around while they cooled. 
A medicine syringes tended to be the right size, the ones Target gives you for children's medicine.
I also heard that Chapstick works for some, not in our case. 
Just take a ring you wear and find a cylinder shapes object it slides snuggly over and that heat won't damage.



Measurements for Shrink Dink rings are:

5 inches by 3/4 inches - ages 5-8

5 1/4 inches by 5/8 inches - ages 8-10

5 1/2 inches by 5/8 inches - ages 11-14 
(young adult or women with slender fingers)

5 3/4 inches by 1 inch - adult female

if making the fox ring for ages 11-14:
6 1/4 inches in length by 5/8 inches
(length is longer since the face and tail must overlap)


Stamp the design onto the plastic sheet then measure, cut to size and round the ends.

Bake at 325 degrees for 2-3 minutes

Here's the tricky part, it cools in 5 seconds!!
So I didn't even remove it from the oven and just rolled it right on the pan slightly pulled out from the oven.
It will be hot, I did not get burned and it isn't any worse than using a hot glue gun.

My best project tip:
** The rings can be reheated for 2 minutes and reshaped over and over again**


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