I never played with Shrinky Dinks as a kid. Not sure why; it’s not like I stayed away from the oven, but apparently while every other kid in the universe was learning how to make little charms made with Smurfs and He-Man and Mr. T, I was living in oblivion.
Then, today I decided I was going to venture out into this long-forgotten art and buy some Shrinky Dink film. Can you believe they still sell it? In spite of the fact that there just aren’t as many Shrinky Dink varieties as there were 20 years ago, you can still find the stuff at your local Hobby Lobby.
You can even buy a special Shrinky Dink film just for your inkjet printer. It’s about twice as much as the regular Shrinky Dink film, which you can use with your own markers/stamps/whatever, but the coolest thing is that you can take any image and use it to make your own jewelry.
Since I’m an earring maker, I decided to make some earrings out of this photo of my favorite comic duo, Flight of the Conchords.
After cropping and making some artistic adjustments, I printed out mugshot-sized photos of Jemaine and Brit on the Shrinky Dink paper. Cut ’em out and punched holes in ’em to make them officially “charms.”
Put ’em in the oven and they shrank down to these little plastic plates. Look at how much more well-defined that color is!
Anyway, so I put some findings on Jemaine and Brit – and – POOF! Earrings.
You can purchase these earrings at my Etsy shop. Fun to make, but took a while to do ’em. Which is why I can genuinely say you are getting them for a bargain.
I think I’m going to start a Shrinky Dink revolution.