Tuesday, August 16, 2005

bitten by the shrinky bug

OK, I've known for a few months I had to try it:

Shrinky pins!

My first experience with white Shrinky Dinks... er, I mean white Grafix Shrink Film. I like it.

So does my daughter... no big surprise there! She made some beautiful pins, above.

My most successful pin was the daisy... which admittedly doesn't exactly look like a daisy with its thick petals-- but I love the shape and the way the petals lay.

I cut a circle about the size of a dime and colored the center yellow. It looked like a fried egg - see the top photo, bottom left corner. Then I cut notches in to the yellow center all the way around, and then rounded - or at least angled - the petals. I'm going to try some variations on the theme, next time the Shrink Film comes out of hiding, which will probably be soon.

I don't know what I'll do with these pins, since I don't (currently) sew, and don't even have a pincushion to stick them in. But they're fun to make and fun to admire.

Also of note were a few test shrinky buttons which Chickie immediately claimed as her own. I have lots of ideas, so I'll be making more!

But by far the best thing we made was this:

smiles and memories. I'm trying to take to heart the lessons I learned with the eraser clay - to have more fun and make more messes with my kids, even when we don't have company over. I have fond memories of making Shrinky Dinks when I was little, and I'd love to pass on the legacy of being willing to make messes and have fun.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very very very cool -- especially the *white* film rather than clearish ... I'll have to check the craft store. AND that gives me a reason to buy the set of pretty Sharpies! So you just stick the pin thru the unshrunk film and it shrinks to fit? Do you need to glue them or do they hold fast?

8/16/2005 12:35 PM  
Blogger kelly said...

yup, the shrinky shrinks to fit around the pin, no glue needed! And yes, now I can really justify the pretty Sharpies I already bought ;-)

After re-looking at Wee Wonderfuls, though, (link at top of entry - http://weewonderfuls.typepad.com/wee_wonderfuls/2005/03/shrinky_dink_pi.html ) I want to try the clear ones and putting the drawing/painting/coloring on the BOTTOM side of the pinhead, I think that's what she did and it looks like miniature colored glass pinheads... beautiful.

8/16/2005 12:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are lovely! I tried for the first time last night... I have no pin cushion either, but it was fun.

8/31/2005 1:51 PM  

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