Sure, everyone knows you can use #6 plastic (the kind in takeout containers) to make your own shrinky dinks. But did you know that they make black #6 plastic trays, and that they don’t shrink the same way as the clear trays?
See above, the enormous difference between the 5-1/2 inch moustache before shrinking, and the 5-1/4 inch moustache after shrinking! (My spell check is telling me “mustache” is right, but I like “moustache” so I’m sticking with it, red dots be darned.)
We had a huge black plastic catering tray (and clear lid) that were both #6 plastic, ideal for shrinking in the oven. I did a few little experiments with the clear lid (also worth posting – they warped badly. I’ll see if I can find the pics for another post. Oh wait! Dot already posted her own shrinky fail.) and then cut into the black tray. It was thicker, and also I have never seen anyone post about using the black plastic before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect!
The ridges on the tray made me think of moustaches, so I cut a couple out and punched holes in them. The black plastic behaved differently than the clear plastic. Clear plastic shrinks to about 1/3 its original size. The black plastic warped a bit, and didn’t shrink much. (Hey, spellcheck likes “moustaches” so maybe I need to include the full “es” on the end of the word in order to use it correctly).
Can this moustache be saved?
I strung it onto a ribbon and made it into an “opera moustache” (similar to opera glasses on a chain, but you can wear a moustache when it’s called for instead).