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Old 10-27-2004, 05:56 AM   #1
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Default Polyshrink newbie - can you help??

I have some of the SU polyshrink and I haven't used it yet. Could you give me some instructions? For example, what kind of ink can I use to stamp on it? What can I use to color on it? Do I have to rough it up first? I have a heat tool - exactly how do I heat it up and keep it from curling up into nothingness??

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Old 10-27-2004, 06:03 AM   #2
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I love the poly shrink. I just recently started playing around with it and I have found that once you stamp on it it takes a while to dry before you can color it. I haven't roughed it up yet, but I think that you are supposed to. I have tried coloring with markers but I ended up having to seal them with a sealer because they would never dry. Lately I have been using the art pencils and it turns out great. When you color on the poly shrink you can barely see the colors but when you shrink them the colors get more vibrant. To shrink I have been using the paper piercing tool to hold it down and using the heat tool. I just loving watching them curl up and flatten back down!!!!!
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Old 10-27-2004, 06:09 AM   #3
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Stazon ink works great on it if you have that.

I haven't tried the heat tool, but when I did them in the oven, you could see them curl up really small then flatten out as the product finished changing. I assume it would be the same with the heat gun process??
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I bought a Hello Kitty shrink oven. That way I don't see it curl up. I'm told that you need to keep going if you are using the heat gun. If you turn it off you apparently ruin your projest. With the oven, I don't see that and therefore I don't freak out.
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I have stamped with Stazon, let it dry, used chalk with q-tip, cut, put in shoe box, heat with heat gun (box keeps it from blowing away). Yes, the chalk looks light but will look darker when it hardens and yes, the art will shrink and curl up but then flatten out when it's done. I usually press with a piece of paper as soon as I remove the heat. I have bought Shrinky Dink paper that has one side roughed up already and used pencils. You get a darker look that way. These are so fun to make your own embellishments!
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Old 10-27-2004, 06:48 AM   #6
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Susan, I love the polyshrink! It does help to rough it up first. I use the sanding blocks and be sure to rub in all directions. This helps the color to stay on. Yes, it will curl up alot with the heat gun but it does flatten out - just keep the heat on! Hope this helps!

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Old 10-27-2004, 06:51 AM   #7
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I just did a stamp camp using polyshrink. LOVE this stuff!

If you have really steady hands, you can stamp on it with stazon without sanding it first.., but it will make it very difficult to color... the color won't grab.

We sanded lightly with the sanding block, stamped images in stazon
(we used wonderful wings, the pumpkin from little layers II, the kids from crayon kids, and some leaves) Then, using a REGULAR SIZe hole punch (remember the hole shrinks too!) we punched holes... colored the images using stazon and qtips, then shrunk the pieces using a heat gun ... a lid of a shoe box works fine... we held the pieces down with chop sticks so that they don't blow around... then flattened them with extra wood blocks that I have...then we added jump rings and threaded beads onto wine glass charm rings.. made some great gifts! Then we did a few more pieces and added them as embelllishments to cards. I've seen other really creative people make bracelets with shrink plastic and more! Brilliance ink also works great... but since SU doesn't sell it I didn't demo that... I've done pieces with brilliance and then wrapped them with wire and beads as artsy addiditions to cards.

I've colored with markers and chalk... I like the intensity of the stazon a lot..

The SU stuff is made by Lucky Squirrel, which is the best.. .shrinks most evenly.

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Old 10-27-2004, 07:02 AM   #8
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I don't have Stazon, but can I use the regular Classic Ink? Or should I use the Craft pad?

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