Shrinky Don’ts

As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I love to try different media and one of the more quirky ones I’ve tried and enjoyed is shrink plastic, most famously known by the brand name Shrinky Dinks.  This plastic is meant to be drawn on, trimmed with scissors into some sort of shape, then heated to make the plastic shrink in size, usually to about 1/5 the size of the original drawing.  Shrink plastic comes in sheets about the same size as normal paper, and it is either translucent or opaque with one side that’s been roughed up by sandpaper or the like.

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How to Try New Media – Silicone Casting pt 5

With my mold ready to go, I poured the catalyst into the cup with silicone and then I started to use one of the house paint sticks, but quickly discovered that it was too big for the cup. As I was mixing, I realized I needed something thin and small enough to let me scrape around the sides of the cup so that all the silicone got mixed evenly. Suddenly I remembered that I had a few palette knives around, one of which was shaped more like a butter knife, so I grabbed that from my painting stuff and it turned out to be perfect for mixing.

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How to Try New Media – Silicone Casting pt 4

So now that I had my mold all ready to go, the last thing to do before using it was to figure out how much silicone I would need for each bracelet. This time I wanted a slightly more accurate number, because I would be using far less silicone and thus far less catalyst, so if I was off in my numbers it would have a greater chance of impacting whether the bracelet would cure or not. 

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