Grafix KSF6-B 8-1/2-Inch by 11-Inch Shrink Film, Black, 6-Pack
- When heated grafix shrink film will shrink to about 50-percent of its original size
- When cooled to room temperature it becomes thicker and hard
- Decorate grafix shrink film with permanent markers, rubber stamps or paint pens
- Easy to cut with scissors, die cut machines and punches
- Sheets are black 8-1/2-inch by 11-inch, 6 sheets in the pack
Create, cut and bake your art - designs will become half their original size. Make one of a kind jewelry, key chains, magnets, and more. Easy to use with scissors, punches and die cuts.
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This particular film is clear so the resulting shrinky designs look a lot like stained glass. Grafix also offers white film and even film that can be run through your ink jet printer!
If you've never used shrinkable film, here's a little tutorial. You'll need shrinkable film, permanent markers or colored pencils, scissors, some parchment paper and something to bake in. I use a cheap toaster oven that I reserve for this and for baking Sculpy clay. Optional supplies are some fine grit sandpaper for lightly sanding the film when using colored pencils, a hole punch, some jump rings and needle nose pliers, key rings and some adhesive-backed magnets.
I cut each sheet of film into quarters because a quarter sheet is a good size for shrinking. Larger sheets sometimes shrink strangely and curl in odd ways. Have the child draw a design onto the quarter sheet film, trying to fill the film as much as possible because it will shrink by 50%. If their design is too small, it will be miniscule after baking!
If you wish to turn your shrinky designs into charms, keychains or necklaces, you'll need to punch a hole with a hole punch somewhere in the design before baking. If you want to make refrigerator magnets, no hole is necessary. Then cut around the design as desired.
Turn your oven on to 350 degrees and let it heat up. A toaster oven works brilliantly for this because it heats very quickly and has a glass door for watching the magic happen. Place the design on a piece of parchment paper and lay on a metal baking tray and place in the oven. Watch closely because the baking process is short! You will notice that the design begins to shrink and curl up. Don't worry. As the shrinking completes, the design will uncurl and become flat again.
When it has pretty much flattened out, remove it from the oven. I use tongs and gloves for this because the plastic is very, very hot. Place it on a heat proof surface and slam a heavy book on top of it to make it completely flat. (Kids LOVE this part.) Ta da! You've made a shrinky dink!
Sometimes with larger designs or ones with a lot of long thin sections, it will curl a lot and perhaps stick to itself. I have a chopstick I keep next to the toaster oven for intervening when this happens.
You will see that the film ends up being much thicker after shrinking so it is no longer flexible. You can seal your design with clear nail polish or a spray sealant, if desired. Magic marker designs can chip a little if not sealed.
Colored pencils seem to make the most durable designs, but you need to lightly sand your film before drawing the design. Sanding creates a tooth for the colored pencil lead to catch on. Sand lightly in both directions in a hatch-type fashion.
Hint: Buy some metallic Sharpie markers even if you plan to use colored pencils. They add sparkle to every design and the kids seem to adore using them. They come in gold, silver and bronze.
Any kid old enough to draw will love making shrinky designs. Kids 11 or 12 or older can even do the baking themselves with supervision. If you're looking for a fun art project to do with kids, I promise you they will be thrilled with this one.