Wednesday, 3 October 2012
There are a couple of different ways to heat shrink plastic. Either in the oven or with a heat gun. The oven is my favourite and, in my opinion, the easiest way to shrink you designs. The even heat distribution keeps the dimensions equal all over, and it also means you have more time to shape or flatten the piece after taking out the oven.
There should be heating instructions that come with you shrink plastic. I usually heat the oven to 170 degrees (Celsius) and leave the shrink plastic in the oven for around 5 minutes. I actually never get bored of watching the plastic curl and shrink. Don't worry it should uncurl, but if it doesn't take it out, pull apart and reheat. You can reheat shrink plastic once it has cooled to reshape. Just make sure you don't leave in the oven too long as it will overheat, and more than likely stick to everything...
Once you've taken it out of the oven flatten between to hard objects or shape using a ring mandrel (more examples of this coming up in the next month)
So that's one way of heating shrink plastic. I'll be writing about using a heat gun to do the same thing next week. I'm off to get ready for the Cosmo Blog Awards tomorrow. You know, paint nails, shave legs etc etc.. It's the first time I'll have met other bloggers and I can't wait to meet everyone!
More on that later this week. Fran x