One of our go-to crafts around here is shrink art. Ever since my sister gave us the mind-blowing information that #6 recyclable plastic is shrink capable, whenever my kids want a craft, and I'm feeling non-mess, more independent crafting shrink art is what I can pull out. Wait, you say, did I hear that right? #6 plastic is shrink art? YES, it is! I save packages from deli sandwiches, some produce, lots of take-out - wash it out and VOILA! Shrink art extravaganza! Free crafting is the best crafting!!
A few cons I've discovered - #6 doesn't shrink as uniformly as the store-bought stuff, and even if you rough it up with sand paper, colored pencils don't work as well on it (colored pencils don't work AT ALL if you don't sandpaper it). So we use a set of permanent ink markers and all is well. My kids like to trace their favorite characters or make freehand art. Punch a hole before baking, and make necklaces, charm bracelets, sun catchers, whatever! They love the detail they can get in such tiny charms. You can tell the detail varies with the age of the artist - as always!
The last time they got out the plastic, I wanted to try something I'd seen on Pinterest - making rings. Only I couldn't find where I'd pinned it, so we made it up as we went along. (note to self: clean out and organize Pinterest boards!)
The first thing we discovered, #6 plastic DOESN'T WORK WELL FOR RINGS. It was OK, it shaped fine and looked fine, but the inconsistent shrink rate meant that every ring was a whole different story. Sometimes it worked great, sometimes a warped mess. Also it's a bit thicker, which was not ideal. So while we still love #6 for other art, we had to try something else if we wanted rings.
Solution? Pull out the professional stuff. I had a package of Shrinky Dinks Frosted Ruff n'Ready, and we were set to make rings. A little experimentation with size and we were off.
|Had to throw in the Green Lantern ring too - for good measure! My kids made magic rings, name rings, rings until I ran out of patience! The only ring they couldn't get to look just right for them was the One Ring ;)|
As always, I love to hear comments, especially if you try it yourself. Send me pictures and I'll post them! Have fun!!