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Plastic Shrink Charm tutorial by Capukat Plastic Shrink Charm tutorial by Capukat
For making inkjet charms!
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Extras:

 If you want a backside to your charm, make sure you line up the images correctly so that the backside is an INVERSE of the front side. If you simply do a horizontal image flip, it might not be perfectly aligned so make sure the border width on all sides remains the same. If it isn't, be sure to measure and change accordingly!

■ Your shrinky dink sheets may curl when you are CUTTING them. Like when you cut tough corners and the scissors bend the plastic. It's hard to describe but if you've done it, you will notice :( And unfortunately this is nearly impossible to fix! Your best bet is to bake, see how bad the damage is, and quickly slam a textbook on top of it! Cross your fingers it'll flatten, otherwise you'll just have to redo and try not to bend the plastic will cutting.

Materials:

 You can get most of the materials in an arts & crafts store. If there isn't one near you, you can find these items on Amazon.com! Just make sure you get them from a reputable seller!

Fonts:

■ Titles: Got heroin?
■ Body Text: Turkeyface

Answered Questions:
[1] Why do I need to lower the opacity?
     Because when the charms bake, they will darken and regain their color saturation. 50% is the instructed opacity change!
[2] What is the pixel size of this specific canvas for the charms?
     2975 x 3850 px (You take the dimensions in inches, and multiply by the dots-per-inch resolution [in this case it's 8.5 x 350, 11 x 350])

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The charms I made:
Charm commissions batch by CapukatCharm commissions batch by Capukat

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:iconavakados:
avaKados Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014
how thick do these charms typically come out after baking?
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Capukat Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014   General Artist
a few millimeters thick! Pretty decent :)
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:iconavakados:
avaKados Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014
Oh wow! That's pretty good.
Thanks for the speedy response~
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:iconcapukat:
Capukat Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014   General Artist
It sure is!

No probs! 
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Chocolace Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Student General Artist
In pixels, what size did you use? for the whole sheet. o:
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Capukat Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014   General Artist
That would be 8.5 inches x 350dpi for width to get 

2975 pixels

and 11 x 350dpi for height to get 

3850 pixels

so 2975 x 3850 :)
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qears Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist
hello!! i heard that when shrinky dinks are out in the oven it tends to curl up like crazy,, 

 I've drawn on some shrinky dink paper recently, and I was wondering how should I tackle the curling part ? are there any specific objects I should be using? I've seen people trying to uncurl it but they ended up making dents and bending the plastics and they ruined everything ;;n;;
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Capukat Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014   General Artist
Ah if they curl in the oven, I suggest leaving them for a while to see if they'll flatten again! 

I would use really heavy textbooks or something! And even push on those!

And yeah don't uncurl using your hands!  Bad idea XD
Sometimes if you're cutting them you might curl the plastic while cutting fine corners, be careful of that!
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SilverKiti Featured By Owner Edited Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this!! uvu

I'll have to order the Shrinky Dinks online...but other then that I have everything.

Could you make a charm with these for a necklace too? It would be neat if I could make one of my fursona to wear around.
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Capukat Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014   General Artist
My pleasure!

And yeah for about anything really!
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MacNroo Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Again, thanks so much for the turtorial, I was finally able to make my own :D macnroo.deviantart.com/art/Pla…

I might add to it though that the charms curl up in the oven then flatten out. Not sure if I'm just that dumb but on my first try I took them out when they started curling because I thought that was bad and ended up with little spoons xD
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Capukat Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014   General Artist
Oh no problem at all! I'm glad it worked!!

And lol yeah they will initially curl a LOT so you just leave them until they flatten! Once it stops moving then you know it's done!
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MacNroo Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
great tutorial! one question though, if your charm is bent when you take it out of the oven dose it matter how you put something on it to apply pressure to fix it? Like will the ink come off at all? 
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Capukat Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014   General Artist
Just don't have it come in contact with water!
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Konveekou Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Student General Artist
A very helpful tutorial for those *__* <333 Thank you for taking time to make this capu <33 it's super helpful!
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:iconcapukat:
Capukat Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014   General Artist
I'm glad you think so!
My pleasure <3
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TheStringofFate Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yay thank you<33 I always wondered how you made those! c: I think they'd be good keychains for my car keys<33
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Capukat Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014   General Artist
Sounds awesome! Go for it :D
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:iconthestringoffate:
TheStringofFate Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Definitely<3 c:
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MiraiParasol Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was very useful

I have one question: would it be optimum to use white sheets of the shrink plastic, or the clear opaque kind?
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Capukat Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014   General Artist
I don't believe there's the clear kind for inkjet ones? I think those are the ones where you draw on them directly but I may be wrong.. I have not tried those before!

For inkjet shrinky dinks, these are the only and best kind I know of !
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MiraiParasol Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was doing some searching and there actually are clear inkjet ones. Done by grafix, so I was wondering if there was any translucence after you baked them.

Lately though there seems to be a lot of faulty product being shipped so I was a little bit weary ;w;

but knowing that you reinforce the shrink dink brand puts me at ease. Thanks for responding!
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Capukat Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014   General Artist
Oh I see.. well it is completely opaque after baking! Even if initially you can see through it!
I haven't tried grafix but I hear shrinky dinks are generally the best option! Though I'm sure those would work well too?

And no problem!
I guess one problem that's commonly run in to is curled up charms. You have to be careful not to bend the plastic very much when cutting corners.. if that sorta makes sense.. x.x
But I suppose the best advice is experience itself :D!
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Rising-At-Midnight Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^^ what kind fo brush do you use to apply the mod podge? When I used a paint brush it went streaky, what brush would you recommend ^^ 
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Capukat Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014   General Artist
If you really want to have the smoothest coat, I suggest using a palette knife. However that can be tricky and result to uneven distribution of the sealant :/
Otherwise I use the flat foam brush in the picture! :D It's still a bit streaky but not as noticeable!
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Rising-At-Midnight Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh man ^^ i didnt notice the foam brush! Oopsies. Is the foam brush easy enough to clean?
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Capukat Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014   General Artist
Ah well you sorta have to be quick about washing them right away after using. Preferably no more than 5 minutes after you're done! 
Then you just use some handsoap and water and make sure to get all the stuff out until you can squeeze out clear water out of it :dummy:

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wow I'm bad at describing
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ElShima Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ahhhh you are too kind. Runaway Heart 
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Capukat Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014   General Artist
Glad it's useful :D
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Mlle-Kamichat Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Student General Artist
How thick are these shrinky dinks sheets before baking? c:
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:iconcapukat:
Capukat Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014   General Artist
But a few millimeters at most! :D
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Eun-Gi Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is such an easy and understandable tutorial. I'll save this for the future! >w< (Our oven doesn't work hahaha;; )
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Capukat Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014   General Artist
Thank you! I'm glad it works :D

Aw that's too bad :c A toaster oven also works though!
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The-Sparkly-Spycar Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
These are great tips! I love making ShrinkyDinks and this will definitely make mine look tons better! :D
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:iconcapukat:
Capukat Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014   General Artist
Thank you! I'm glad it'll help :D
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:iconmiukitty:
Miukitty Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful! Just one question, why do you need the opacity turned down so low?
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Capukat Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014   General Artist
When it bakes, the colors all darken and return to a more saturated state!
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:iconarkare:
Arkare Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have clear glossy shrink things, A5 size >o< I won't try it, but it's fun making things like this. Maybe one day.
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Capukat Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014   General Artist
Haha yeah you definitely should one day :D
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Torotix Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Anyone in Australia know WHERE I can get A4 size ink jet shrinky dinks??
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:iconcapukat:
Capukat Featured By Owner Edited Jul 7, 2014   General Artist
Ah well  ^^; I believe they're not available in those sizes :/ I would look them up though to be sure!
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emyx1213 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
very useful. 
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Capukat Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014   General Artist
Thank you!
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slowdragon25 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i never thought of doing it before but i am totally making theas now!!! thanks for the tutorial!!!! 
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Capukat Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014   General Artist
Awesome! Glad it works for you :D My pleasure!
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slowdragon25 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
looking back i do have one question. how big (with/height) are they before and after they shrink? 
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Capukat Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014   General Artist
oh man umm... a little under 3 by 4 inches!
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slowdragon25 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh wow, thats bigger than i thought XD thanks! 
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slowdragon25 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:D 
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Jenny2-point-0 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thsi si so good! which i could make these XD i have a question our of curiosity though, why do you need to change the opacity and stuff at the start?
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