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Who invented Shrinky Dinks?
Shrinky Dinks® are an art/craft toy invented in 1973 by Betty Morris of Brookfield, Wisconsin. These toys reached the height of their popularity in the 1980s.
Do Shrinky Dinks still exist?
Shrinky Dinks were soon licensed to be manufactured by the major toy companies of the time such as Milton Bradley, Colorforms, Western Publishing and Skyline Toys. The shrink plastic is still available from many retailers and can be used for a variety of things like charms and pins.
Is Shrinky Dink toxic?
Shrinky Dinks and other shrink plastic crafts are safe because the oven temperatures are low enough that toxins like dioxin are not released. Dioxins form at very high temperatures, typically above 700 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s true that the smell of shrink plastic is unpleasant. Unpleasant, but not harmful.
What happens if you use crayons on Shrinky Dinks?
Notes: You can buy all sorts of odd things like special shrinky dink markers and a special oven (that looks a bit like an easy bake oven). Please don’t use water soluble markers or wax crayons to color the shrinky dinks They don’t work. Regular school pencil crayons do work just fine.
Why did my Shrinky Dinks curl up?
Tips for Baking Shrinky Dinks Check after a few minutes. The parchment helps keep it from happening as much as if you left it out, but it is TOTALLY natural for shrinky dinks to curl up, and as long as it doesn’t fold up and touch itself, it will flatten back out by leaving it in the heat.
What are Shrinkies made of?
The sheets of plastic you get in a Shrinky Dinks kit is polystyrene—the same stuff as recycled plastic #6, which is commonly used for those clear clamshell containers you see in cafeterias. When manufactured, raw polystyrene is heated, rolled out into thin sheets and then rapidly cooled so that it can retain its shape.
What colored pencils work on Shrinky Dinks?
To color them, it is best to use sharpie type permanent markers. Keep in mind that colors darken as the plastic shrinks. You can also use colored pencils to color shrinky dinks, but the standard, clear kind will need to be sanded lightly in order for the color to transfer onto the plastic.
What type of plastic can shrink?
Some plastics will shrink when you get them hot. Two of these are polystyrene, the material in foam cups and plastic food containers, and the other is polyester, from which soda bottles are made. You can make your own shrinking polymers by baking polystyrene in a regular oven!
Is it safe to bake number 6 plastic?
Plastic Toxins When Baking 6 plastic when heated can release styrene fumes in small amounts – typically this is an issue when you plan on eating or drinking out of the containers as the styrene may seep into the food or drink. This is why they recommend never reheating food in the containers they come in.
Can you put glitter on Shrinky Dinks?
Seal and Embellish – Once your Shrinky Dinks have cooled it’s time to seal them so that the colored pencil does not rub off. I used my favorite sealant and sprayed one layer over the designs. To add extra sparkle, use glitter glue on the smooth side of your finished design.
What happens if you bake Shrinky Dinks too long?
If you get nervous about your shrinky dink curling in the oven – don’t worry! It does that and when you leave it in a little longer, it then flattens out and shrinks a little more. It doesn’t shrink past a certain point so you don’t need to worry about it being in there too long.
Do colored pencils work on Shrinky Dinks?
Any colored pencils work great on Shrinky dink plastic. The key to getting vibrant designs with colored pencils is to lightly sand the shrink plastic to score it.