Testing Art Mediums on Shrinky Dinks

baking shrinky dinks in a toaster oven

A while back I had fun making pins with Shrinky Dinks and I keep thinking about making more.  The images I had picked out in the past were mostly white (or were just prints) with a touch of color that I added with Copic markers.  The next ones I make I hope to do more drawing and coloring, something original.  I wanted to see what supplies I had that would work and which would look the best once shrunk.

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I 3D printed a weaving loom

3d printing loom parts

A while back, I found 3D printing files for a rigid heddle loom.  A new loom had been on my wish list for years but I never pulled the trigger.   Honestly, I think I’ve become frugal in my old age.  Years ago I wouldn’t have thought twice about adding a new loom to my cart and checking out, but these days I just can’t justify in my mind paying hundreds of dollars for a couple pieces of wood and some plastic.  Especially when I’ve had 3d printers in my home for 10 or 15 years now and I pretty much DIY everything I can.

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More Layered Wood Ornaments

layered wood ornaments

Just a quick update on the layered wood ornaments I’ve been making.  12 days of Christmas?  No, it’s not the 166th day of Christmas in my craft room.  I’ve knocked out a few more ornaments designs and this was the last one.   I plan on making one more before figuring out little hangers, packaging, and where to sell them.

I can’t wait for it to be done.  Honestly, I don’t want to see any Christmas stuff for a very long time.

Making Ceramic Silkscreens with Cricut

some of the supplies for this project

If you have ever made your own traditional silkscreens then you know it’s a huge pain in the butt.  Framing your fabrics, photo emulsions, transparencies, cleaners, solutions, lamps, etc.  It takes quite a bit of material and equipment to get started.

I’ve made silkscreens in the past and was moderately successful even with my small home setup.  I mostly made silkscreens for ceramics but that was back before it was really popular.   Now, companies like Mayco produce a large line of pre-made screens you can buy.

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Testing 3D Printed Stamps, Part 2

After my initial post, Testing 3D Printed Stamps, I decided to taking my findings and actually give it another shot.   One of the things I had found was that flexible resin outperformed the other filaments and resins I tried.  However, it was far too flexible and fragile.  One of the recommendations for using flexible resin was to mix it with standard resin to make it more durable.  I didn’t have the recommended resin at the time but I did order some to try.

Monoprice’s rapid resin does come in clear, but the yellow was $10 cheaper at the time I was ordering.  Also, I’m still testing, so the transparency of the stamp material really wasn’t a concern.

use a 80/20 mixture of resin to print a stamp

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