Monday, September 2, 2013

Shrinky Dink Tardis Necklace

A couple of weeks ago, I made my first foray into Homemade Shrinky Dink art.  I had so much fun, even though I had no idea what I was doing.  I learned pretty quickly that outlines worked really well, so I knew almost immediately that I wanted to try some more--and the first idea on my list--a tardis pendant.  For those who don't know, the iconic blue police box is Dr. Who's timemachine/spaceship.  Tardis stands for: Time And Relative Dimension In Space.

To make my tardis necklace dream a reality, I needed to go buy some more cookies at our local grocery store (such a hardship--they were delicious).  I then cut the flat pieces out of the cookie container (made from #6 plastic) and placed it over a couple of outlines of the tardis that I nicked (Dr. Who is a British TV show afterall) off the internet. I carefully traced the outlines with Sharpie. I made a black one of just the front, and a blue outline in perspective.  I punched holes in the tops and placed them and a few other outlines on a small cookie sheet lined with foil.  I put the Sharpie on the pan to give you an idea of scale.  The tardises (tardi?) were about 4 inches tall.

I popped them in a 350 degree oven and set a timer for 2 minutes.  When the timer went off, the plastic was all warped and curling up.  So I waited another minute and they were much flatter.  As you can see below, they shrink a lot.  The large tardises ended up being about 1 1/2 inches tall when they were done.

One thing I noticed as different from the last batch was that the larger pieces were more likely to be a bit warped when they shrink.  The drawings aren't truly straight, even with my careful tracing.  They weren't warped enough to ruin them, but it was an interesting phenomena.

I put a jump ring on my black tardis outline and strung some suede cord through it and tied a knot.

I also put a jump ring on the blue Tardis, but I strung it up with a ball chain instead.

Wondering what I'm going to do with all the rest of my little shrinky dinks?  Stay tuned!

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