Product Write Up
Below are some photo`s of Shrink packets as well as the sanding blocks that are often used on the product too – click here for the product
I have added this frosted one too as i have used it for the
Lyra Aquacolour`s – and it works a dream
& at the time of starting this write up it was the only shrink I could find as I brought it at the NEC – still haven`t found my other packs so have brought some more – any excuse !!!!
When finished designs are baked, the plastic shrinks to approximately 45% its original size and returns to its original 1/16 inch thickness. During the shrinking process most art materials are permanently bonded to the surface.
Why is it good for creative projects?
The shrinking process has a wonderful effect on the design and color that’s applied before baking. Simple designs become crisper, elaborate designs look amazingly detailed, and colors look rich and vibrant.
No special tools are needed. Before baking, the plastic is thin and can be cut with scissors. Complex cut outs that couldn’t be made using scissors at the baked thickness are easy to make before shrinking.
How is PolyShrink™ different ?
Poly Shrink is made to our specifications, and is tested for even, reliable shrinkage. PolyShrink also gives you the creative versatility of 4 different types. Each type has its own special visual quality, so you can choose just the look you want for any project.
Great for see-through techniques where color is applied to the back to be viewed through the front of the finished piece. Color seen through the plastic is extremely vibrant and gives a feeling of depth. Also use Clear PolyShrink when you want a glass-like effect or look.
There’s an appealing soft look to Translucent that suits certain images and themes. It’s also the type that many people prefer for simple designs with large areas left as is, without any background color.
· Canvas White
For designs where you want crisp color and high contrast, choose Canvas White PolyShrink. Even extremely detailed drawings or stamped images read well and keep their visual impact.
Black PolyShrink provides a dramatic backdrop for many of your favorite art and stamping supplies. Use colored pencils, stamping inks, metallic markers and rub-ons for beautiful, rich effects.
• Stamping Supplies:
here are some of the different colouring products that can be used for on Shrink
- Heat setting & Metallic Inks: Brilliance ink pads , Permanent (alcohol) Pigment Inks
• Other Inks & Paints:
Iridescent Calligraphy Inks, Canvas Transparent Acrylics ,
Silk Screen Inks
• Paint, Metallic & Permanent Markers:
• Chalk Pastels (non-oil) & Colored Pencils:
- • Highlighting Media (metallic rub-ons):• Sealers:
Sprays such as Krylon® Matte or Gloss, most craft sprays
Heating PolyShrink with an embossing tool is the method of choice for the Intaglio technique. Please see the PolyShrink General Instructions for details.
Expect PolyShrink to curl and move during baking. Occasionally a piece may stick to itself as it shrinks. To separate, allow the piece to cool and pull gently. You’ll hear a tiny “snap” as the joint comes apart. You can now reheat the piece and finish shrinking.
Baked PolyShrink is very pliable while it is hot. It can be smoothed flat using cardboard or shaped over a variety of objects
What is the best way to cut out complicated shapes?
Small scissors with narrow blades are easier to maneuver than larger scissors. To make cutting sharp inside corners easier, cut to the corner coming from one direction, then turn the PolyShrink around and finish the cut from the opposite direction.
For pieces with interior cuts, like picture frame style designs, make an opening for your scissors by punching several overlapping holes with a paper punch, or cut an X using a single edge razor blade or exacto knife.
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This is a vast subject and I have tried to add as much information as I can – with the pieces I have found from the site itself – but this write up is only my view as a guidance – but all the fan pieces I have done to ensure the different mediums work – with some interesting results too
1. So after reading Craig ( Sakura ) on the forum talk about Shrink Plastic & it was said about making a Shrink ruler as different colour shrinks and makes all shrink differently – so here`s how to make one
Take a strip of Shrink and add your measurements to the rectangle piece – I have used cm`s as you need the writing big enough to be able to read it once shrunk and I have done it to 20cm`s
2. Then shrink it down and you`ll have a handy reference to what size the shrink will be when finished – If you want why not add a large hole ( as that will shrink too ) and then have a key fob for all the different shrinks , whether clear , black etc
3. This shrink is the frosted one listed above – I have used the Lyra Aquacolours with a koi waterbrush to add the colour – as remember the colour always darkens when it shrinks – so the Lyra`as were excellent for this technique – the frosted shrink had a rough surface bit like a fine layer on tissue paper and was an ideal surface for the colour to be added
4. The finished piece with more intense colour to it
5. I then tried Sakura Stardust pens and again watered down some to give a wash – this has been done on the polyshrink white
So in trying this I coloured all the flower buds with the stardust then water coloured the big area and then the flower buds were washed away – didn`t think and i`m only saying so you don`t do the same – it`s best to do a fine colourwash all over first and then add the detail with the neat pen and the edges too
6. And here is the result – lovely and sparkly and with the lyra`s my favourite one
7. Now this one was fun to try – i added colour using the stardust pens to the flowers again and then took a brilliance pad – pearlescent Jade and wiped it over the whole design a quick technique with great results
8. The first one I messed up but shows the flower buds coloured in and is the fan behind the one that is just brilliance ink and with a gold rim of permapaque pen – with is another fantastic way to add colour to shrink
9. Below is the charm made on frosted shrink with again permapaque pen to colour it in
This write up wouldn`t be complete without adding printable shrink plastic to it so I have added the link for the workshop I did on the printable shrink and with this it shows how to shrink the plastic which in turn works with all the different uses I have used on here too
I love the printable one as it works well with all the cd`s I have in my collection and it just adds something to your work when you need an embellishment just to fill in a spare space without doing to much to the card
Another link for the Earring Box Set I used printable shrink with
There also is this link for a U-Tube video one how shrink is done – it`s sometimes nice to see the technique as it happens so have added it to this page – I have nothing to do with the video just added it for reference
Well I hope this has given you a bit more information about Shrink Plastic – I had fun whilst making the fan`s up and as with the video it is a product that can be hit and miss but with stunning results so it`s worth a play experimenting with – I haven`t covered all the different mediums as there to many to try but i`m sure many have been covered
Thanks for looking in and sorry for the break at Christmas time – thankfully I have my crafting head back on as it was hard to try and prepare for Christmas and do this
Wishing everyone one a Happy New Year and hope it provides all you wish for