Toys of the Seventies, Shrinky-Dinks

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The Shrinky-Dinks I remember were not made from a flat piece of plastic. It was a goo that you mixed up and poured into molds. They made silly-looking birds and things, complete with feathers. Once the mold had congealed for a few minutes, you pulled the molding apart and stuck the "sculpture" in the oven for a short time. They shrank from about 5 inched to 2 inches, and hardened into a porous chalk-like substance. I no longer have the blue bird my cousins made for me with this toy. Bummer.
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John - August 10, 2008 - Report this comment
The ones Mom would purchase for us were the sheets of plastic. We'd trace the pictures from the funny papers or comic books. I remember having contests where my brother and I would see who could make the smallest ones. Also if one put in a full sheet, it really didn't come out as a smaller version of the sheet, it kind of folded in on itself and made a mess. According to Mom, these weren't cheap either, so my experiment was not appreciated that day... :o)
Rob Lambert - December 08, 2016 - Report this comment
Shrinky- Dinks was a product of Colorforms from 1971. YouTube has one TV commercial, stressing that a parent should do the oven portion of making these. Kids could freehand, or use the DC and Marvel Superhero sets that were available.

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