I missed the whole Shrinky Dinks thing when it was first popular. There is a chance I played with them as a kid, but I can’t remember. Play-Doh was my jam, that much I do know. But toys are not just for kids, as my love of polymer clay proves. I bought a pack of Shrinky Dinks a while ago and have been playing with them ever since. Of course the first thing I gravitate to is jewelry. If you would like to know how to make Shrinky Dinks jewelry, then read on, my friend.

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For this you need Shrinky Dinks (derrrr) and Sharpie markers. If you are like me and have 4,812 Sharpies, then rejoice, sister, because YOUR DAY HAS COME. If you want to make pins/brooches, you’ll need E6000 glue and pin backs. For necklaces you’ll need chain and jump rings.

If you need to punch a hole in something, using a standard hole punch works great. The hole will shrink down with the rest of the plastic.

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Creativity for kids. Stop judging me.

Okay. The first thing I do is search for clip art images of the things I want to make. Once I find some that I like, I print them out and then bust out the markers.

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Color on the rough side of the paper, and remember that these things shrink a lot. Like, a lot.

For baking, I set the oven a little lower than recommended, at 325 degrees F, and I put the Shrinky Dink in between pieces of parchment paper. The weight of the paper helps prevent the plastic from curling so much in the oven.

Bake for 1-3 minutes and that’s that.

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After it’s baked…

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Ahem.

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This is way more fun than it should be. Who knew that shrinking plastic could provide such entertainment.

See you later!

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