dinky letters

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by Bill Pontin, May 31, 2002.

  1. Bill Pontin

    Bill Pontin Member

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    Was looking for a way to make scale letters to make my own billboards. (Basically like the laser cut type sold by Bar Mills.) A childs play activity called "Shrinky Dinks" was the answer. Didn't know the stuff still existed, found a refill package of 8 sheets in a craft store. The item, for those not familiar with it, is a thin plastic sheet you can trace and draw onto. It can be cut easily with a pair of scissors to make shapes. The artwork is then put into an oven at 350 degrees and "walla" right before your eyes it shrinks to about 60% of its original size. Because it gets thicker and very hard you can make neat individual letters. I also found that the sheet will go through my older HP deskjet printer, grayscale only, so I did not have to trace the letters. Here is a couple of first two tries

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  2. rockislandmike

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    Kewl. We have a dog tag that did the exact same thing, but I never thought of that application.

    Would LOVE to see what they look like once they're mounted on a building, Bill (HINT HINT). :D
  3. Bill Pontin

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    Thanks Mike, at the rate I'm going that will be many moons down the road. (See my 1x3 foot town postin and you will understand) I made a mistake describing the shrink size, it shrinks about 60%, or a little more than half its size. Nothing on the package and I did not think to get an exact measurement before and after.
  4. Vic

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    Got To Have It

    Bill.....I gotta have some of that stuff....Shrinky Dinks!!!:D

    Where did you get it???? Toys R Us? WalMart Craft Store????

    Thanks:D
  5. Catt

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    Yeah Bill,where did you get it?
  6. Bill Pontin

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    Vic and Catt
    The product is called Shrinky Dinks and I found it at AC Moore, one of our local craft stores. They had a number of different Shrinky Dinks book like projects for ages 6 and up. I got the refill kit, this is 8 pieces of 8 x 10 inch sheets of the plastic. Believe the price was somewhere in the vicinity of eight bucks. Think it is put out by "KLUTZ" and it has an ISBN number on the back of 1-57054-585-5, UPC 7-30767-44855-4.

    Hope that helps locate some for you :)

    Bill Pontin
  7. rich maiorano

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    toys r us and wal-mart mite have it to:confused:
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    Just to prime the pump - can anyone think of any more cool uses for this stuff?
    Bill K
  10. rich maiorano

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    leave it to mikey to find how to get it on the net :p :cool: :p :D
  11. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    Bill, I thought of manhole covers right off...

    and Yeah, Rich - the worst thing anybody did was get me a computer. It gets me into trouble all the time, and then I have to get back out.. rofl :) :D :)
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    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

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    Bill,
    It shrinks to a little more than half its size...............Hmmmmmm, I could build rolling stock in HO scale with it, and then shrink it to N scale.
    Pete
  13. Catt

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    Hmmm,I think I just figured out how to make truck frames for MAT Trucks.:D :D
  14. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    Ooooo how about custom "Welcome mats" for your houses / businesses...
  15. Bill Pontin

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    Hey fellows, you are aware that the thickness increases 60%. I just took a dial caliper and measured before and after. The plastic film is .010" thick and expands on shrink to .065". This works out great for the signs I am making. Havn't tried it, but someone in my club suggested I try and illuminate each letter with fiber optics, it should work since it is clear plastic.
  16. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    I can think of many structures on my layout that could use signs made this way. Great suggestion Bill
  17. rockislandmike

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    Me too. I'm working on a pharmaceutical complex that would look tres kewl with their name out front in the middle of a lawn like that.