Convention Pins: Shrink plastic pins
Picture coming soon.
Glue (I like E6000)
Sharpies or another type of permanent marker
Prismacolor pencils: red and yellow
Oven or toaster oven
A shrink plastic primer. I prefer the Shrinky Dink brand
of shrink plastic for one reason only, laziness. Shrinky Dinks comes already
sanded, or "ruff n ready" as it is labeled. Other brands of plastic work
just as well and some people actually use recycleable lids from containers
Create a picture of what you want your pin to look like.
Shrink plastic shrinks about 40 to 50% depending on the brand of plastic. Then
on the unsanded side (this will be the front) outline your picture with
the Sharpie. Let dry for a minute so it doesn't smudge, then turn the plastic
over. Color in the images with the prismacolors. You are now coloring
the back of the piece and when it shrinks the color will still be seen
through the piece. With the Sharpie on the other side, it gives the piece
a three dimensional effect.
Shrink the plastic in an oven or toaster oven according
to the directions on the packaging. I prefer a toaster oven, but that
is just personal preference. You can also use a heat gun but I find I
get pock marks where I hold the piece down so it doesn't fly all over
If you have a two piece pin glue the pieces together.
If you would like to seal the back of the piece do so now. Sometimes the
primacolors rub off a bit the first few times it is touched. Glue
on the pin back.
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