Shrink a dink

Shrink a dink

Shrink a dink

Shrink a dink is a horror flick about a group of folks stranded in a small town whose only hope for escape is a car that runs on magic. An all-star cast including Normal Lind, Little Otto, Hara Dahraam, and Candy Carnaval stars in this oddly-themed horror movie that has our imaginations stirred.Shrinky Dinks® are an art/craft toy invented in 1973 by Betty Morris of Brookfield, Wisconsin. These toys reached the height of their popularity in the 1980s. Shrinky Dinks® consist of thin, flexible sheets of polystyrene, a common polymer. Prior to heating, the thin, flexible sheets can be colored and cut into shapes. When heated in the oven, the plastic shrinks to approximately 1/3 of its original size, and becomes 9 times thicker and more rigid, while retaining the colored design.



Bake in a toaster oven or conventional oven. Shrinky Dinks® do not work with microwave ovens! Place Shrinky Dinks® pieces, colored side up, on tray or cookie sheet covered with foil or brown paper. Heat at 325°F (163°C) for 1 to 3 minutes. Watch as the Shrinky Dinks® shrink. After the pieces lay flat, allow an additional 30 seconds of baking time to complete the process.Introduced in 1973, Shrinky Dinks had kids (and crafty adults) creating artwork on flexible sheets of plastic that, when popped in the oven, would magically shrink down to approximately 1/3 their original size.

You were then supposed to play with whatever it was you made, but frankly, the entertainment value was all in coloring pictures of your favorite cartoon characters and then watching them crinkle up in the oven and then mysteriously lie down flat again. But, as much as it breaks my heart to have to tell you this, magic isn’t behind the toy’s quirky properties. The sheets of plastic you get in a Shrinky Dinks kit is polystyrene—the same stuff as recycled plastic #6, which is commonly used for those clear clamshell containers you see in cafeterias. When manufactured, raw polystyrene is heated, rolled out into thin sheets and then rapidly cooled so that it can retain its shape. (Source:www.smithsonianmag.com)



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