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Shrinky Dink charm before-and-after comparison by MoonsongWolf Shrinky Dink charm before-and-after comparison by MoonsongWolf
Will be moved to scraps eventually.

Someone a while back asked me how much shrinky dink material actually shrinks during the baking process, so I took some before and after photos of my latest charm. A good rule of thumb is that you will end up with something about 1/3 the size that you started with. You can see here that my charm went from about 4" to about 1.5" inches during the baking process.

Please note that I use shrinky dink brand sheets (the "ruff n' ready" type), and I bake them according to the included instructions. I can't vouch for any other brands or baking techniques.

(If you don't know what a "shrinky dink" is, google it; it's a pretty nifty material)

Artwork and photos are  MoonsongWolf
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jessilamyen Apr 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
did you use some kind or gloss or some some sort on it and if you did, what kind? Also, what does the behind look like. i tried it and the behind sort of looks weird and i dont know if thats normal. 
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
I use a spray gloss fixative (the brand is Krylon) on the "drawing side" of the charm, in order to hold the colour in place. I'm not actually sure how necessary it is, but better safe than sorry! I have a friend who makes these who uses clear fingernail polish on hers, and that also seems to work just fine. Depending on your colouring style, the reverse side might look different than the front side that you coloured on. This is because the charm is transparent, so if you layer colours on top of each other, you will ONLY see the bottom layer on the reverse (where it will hide subsequent layers that you put on the top). I imagine that this effect is lessened if you use markers instead of coloured pencils, but I haven't personally tried that. Hope that helps! :)
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Wyverra Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ohh I've got to read about this material and find out if I can get it in Poland, it looks awesome!
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
If you can't find it, let me know! I can buy some for you next time I go to the art supply store and then just mail it to you. :)
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:icongreenhuntingcat:
Quite informative!
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
Thanks, I hope people will find it a bit helpful! :)
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Cloudwilk Jan 30, 2014  Student Filmographer
That looks really cool! I want one now XD
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
Ha ha, thanks! They're a lot of fun to make. You can check in craft stores (or online) for the paper. It's not terribly expensive. :)
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L1nkLover Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What kind of pencils do you use on these? (If you don't want to say or if this was answered somewhere else you don't have to tell me :XD:)
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
I use prismacolour pencils for everything except for the lineart (I just use a regular uni-ball ink pen for that). :)
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