Do you remember that toy you had when you were a kid? That plastic "paper", sometimes printed with an outline of your favorite cartoon character (mine was primarily Rainbow Bright--shocker I know)? That you would fill in with colored pencils, cut out, put in the oven and bake, resulting in a teeny tiny version of what you just had? You know...Shrinky Dinks! Well, a couple of years ago I rediscovered Shrinky Dinks. To my pleasure, I found that they actually came in plain plastic. They became an endless time waster/procrastination aid that I became somewhat obsessed with. I gave little plastic earrings as gifts, I started an etsy shop, I got my entire graduate class at SVA into them (in which a studio-wide shrinky dink party ensued, resulting in only one fire!...I digress).
Annyway, a little over a year ago, I was contacted by Kathy Sheldon at Lark Books to see if I would be interested in contributing to a Shrink Plastic craft book that they were putting out. Um, "hell yes" was my answer (not in so many words), and below is the result! The book is available in a Nook version now, and the printed version will be out this fall.
The pattern I contributed is my "tiger lily" earrings, still available in my ETSY SHOP. Funnily enough, the original design was inspired by my Ostracon project first semester of grad school. I'm sure this is what Viktor had in mind when conducting his class. Below are some other fun little items I've made using Shrinky Dinks.