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    i use scissors or an exacto knife for more precision. any obvious mistakes can be sanded off. first using a large grit, then finishing with a finer grit to smooth it out.

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    ty sarabell, I always thought sanding the plastic would mess it up...

    But geez sara, is there anything you don't do??

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    yeah, the heavy grit sandpaper would really rough it up, which is why you go rough, then finer - just like filing your nails. or if that still makes scratches use the black wet/dry sandpaper (and use it wet) and it will be nice and smooth.

    (tee hee! wish i was actually doing something crafty these days besides just talking about it tho!)

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    My favorite way to seal shrinky dinks is clear embossing powder. This only works if you use colored pencils, sharpies will smear. After your shrinky dinks flatten out in the oven sprinkle clear embossing powder on them making a pile in the center. Put them back in the oven, I usually turn the heat up some. When the embossing powder melts and gets smooth take it out. Don't touch it until cool because it will mess up the smooth finish. If it the powder doesn't cover the whole piece after baking, just add more where needed and put it back in. This gives a really finished look to a piece.

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    I learned this like 4 days ago and I am ADDICTED! I learned it in a book meant for kids but it came with the plastic and designs. Plus it showed how to make jewelry like...someone else mentioned.

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    You can also recycle and shrink plastic at the same time by shring #6 plastic containers. Ive added a link below to a tutorial, it doesnt tell you to sand it but if youd like to use colored pencils you can also use sandpaper on the plastic to rough it up a bit. Have fun, shrink plastic is craaaazy!

    http://www.doscience.com/act_archive...ng_containers/

    -Kelso

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    Try this

    We've made shrinky dinks from candy bar wrappers. Save up all those bright coloured ones and put them on a baking tray and watch them shrink!
    Flatten them out a bit when they come out of the oven and make a hole in one side for a key chain. We made heaps of these for a school fair one time and they sold like hot cakes (or hot candy!)

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    You can also use potato chip bags, i.e. snack size to make little mini snack bags...I was going to add the tip about #6 recyclable plastic, but someone beat me to the punch. Also I have had great success using Pentel Arts paint markers on the shrink plastic pre shrinking.

    jt


 
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