Introduction: Shrinky Dink Light Box
Ever made a shrinky dink?
Found out it's not as easy as it seems?
Or do you just have a picture that you want to do something neat with?
I recently made a shrinky dink for the first time and realized when you shrink something to one third it's original size every mistake is three times amplified.
It was supposed to be a key chain, or something of the sort, of the twilight princess triforce.
But what I got was an uneven black square with bubbles and smudges all over it.
The only way you could see the picture was if you help it up to the light.
So I thought I need to make something that holds a light behind it.
That solved most of it but the sides were still horribly uneven.
So I needed to frame it.
What I ended up with was this.
Step 1: Supplies
So first you'll need a few things.
~Your shrinky dink/picture/hard plastic of choice
~Rotary tool or something to cut the hole
~Tape (just in case)
~Light (LED or small tap light for those of us who are not good at finding something everyone uses)
Yeah so I don't have a picture of everything you need.
Step 2: Cut a Hole in the Box
First make sure you carefully measure your picture and the box.
Mark the box where it needs to be cut.
I marked mine just a little smaller than what I actually wanted.
Using your rotary tool, or weapon of choice, cut a hold in the box.
After cutting, the hole was slightly bigger than the markings I made on it. That's why I did it, of course.
Now sand it so it looks like you cared.
Step 3: Paint the Box
I used spray paint, because... it's easy.
Just follow the instructions on the can.
Or look up "how to spray paint like a pro" like I should have done before painting rather than just now.
And remember not to use spray paint when it's below 40 degrees or really humid (I live on the east coast of Georgia so I can't avoid humidity). It takes longer to dry and it doesn't look so hot in the end.
Step 4: Glue Picture in Place
Assuming your box is dry, go ahead and get your picture ready to glue down.
I just pretty much put glue around the edges and stuck it on.
Looked at the front. Moved it around. Checked the back. Moved it some more.
Let it dry.
Now I put some tape around the picture to make sure it stayed. I wasn't sure if the light was gonna put off heat and like... melt the glue or something. Look I'm no professional ok. I'm just an average person who likes to play on the safe side.
USE CLEAR TAPE. I woke up this morning and realized I'm an idiot and the whole picture isn't showing because I used black tape. ::Smacks forehead::
Step 5: Insert Light
This was about the part where I checked the fit of my box. Made sure I liked everything so far.
Now you're gonna want to put the light in on the inside wall/panel/whatever directly behind the picture.
I used a tap light, because my dad told me to go to Lowe's and the worker I talked to knew nothing about these "LED's". The only thing he knew was they have plug in LED lights, LED tap lights, and LED yard fixtures. Fantastic.
I got a round one, because it's all they had/all he knew they had. A square one would have worked better for my picture.
The good thing was it's a stick on tap light, and I don't know too much bout hardware and putting stuff together and taping LED's to 3v coin batteries. Maybe if someone gave me a good step by step. And I mean ever step. You know when you're doing something and you're like "well this step is pretty much just pulling the tape out to the length you need then cutting it. I won't need to add that in." Oh yes, you do. Maybe mine isn't that detailed, maybe I halfass things. But if I want to do something new I need someone to give it to me in baby steps please.
Right so. Stick your light in the box.
Step 6: Congrats, You're Done
So right about now you're looking at it like "What else am I supposed to be doing to you?"
Maybe you can add something else to make it special. I didn't.
Open the box. Turn it on. Close the box. Look at how awesome it is. Show your friends how awesome you are. Or share the awesome. Yes, share the awesome.
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