I love creating mandalas on paper, but I also love putting these images on other surfaces.

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Shrinky Dinks are a plastic  that shrinks to 1/3 its original size when it is “baked” in the oven. There are different kinds of Shrinky Dinks, the one I used was for ink jet printers. Jpeg images can be arranged on an 8.5 x 11 inch format and then printed on a Shrinky Dink sheet.

 

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shrinky-dink-mandala-colors-blog-creativity-for-the-soul-blogThe images are lightened by about 50% because when they shrink to 1/3 their size, the ink gets more condensed and brighter.

 

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Each image is cut out, a hole punched, and the corners cut off. The back stays white unless colored pencil is used to give it color.

 

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The cut out images are put onto brown paper bag on a cookie sheet, before they go into a 275 degree oven.

 

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They are “baked” for about 5 minutes, and come out the finished size and colors.

 

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When the Shrinky Dinks are in the oven, they curl up before flattening out at the end.

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The details are clear and colors bright.

 

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I’m going to use some for earrings and some for charms.

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ENJOY & CREATE

 

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