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Grafix KSF6-WIJ 8-1/2-Inch by 11-Inch Shrink Film, Printable, White Inkjet, 6-Pack
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- When heated grafix shrink film will shrink to about 50-percent of its original size
- When cooled to room temperature it becomes thicker and hard
- Works with all standard inkjet printers and prints on both sides
- Easy to cut with scissors, die cut machines and punches
- Sheets are white inkjet printable 8-1/2-inch by 11-inch and there are 6 sheets in the pack
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Other than that it worked fairly well for what I had in mind which was printing out family photos and creating gifts for family members. Note of warning, darker pictures will seem MUCH darker after shrinking so if you have a way of lightening the pics before you print and bake them your pieces will look better in the finished product. Black&White photos came out just as nice and the color pics. One last thing, which I think was my fault for free hand cutting and rounding edges of my pics, is that some (not all) of my pics shrank at an angle making the rectangles and squares offset.
All of the things I listed above wouldn't keep me from using this product again, but I know more now than I did before I wasted a few sheets. I would use them again, but better tools, planning, and prepping photos prior will be necessary. Hope my trial and errors help you out in advance if you're interested in using this product!
I obtained perfectly flat pieces by waiting for them to flatten out in the oven and following up by squashing them down with thin a piece of smooth, coated cardboard and applying force evenly over it with something flat. If a rogue piece was too curled up out of the oven to squash down, I simply pulled it flatter with disposable wooden chopsticks before I put the cardboard down onto it.
If you're worried you'll miss an important step just have a short checklist at your elbow to make absolutely sure that you lightened your image by 50% BEFORE PRINTING and punched any holes BEFORE BAKING. Those are the two big things you don't want to forget.
I purchased this to make pendants for necklaces. I started out with vector art created digitally in Photoshop, which I printed on the shrink film with a very basic printer (HP Deskjet 1000). I made 12 to a sheet, printed first at 50% opacity, since the instructions warned colors would intensify after baking. I cut them out with regular scissors, and punched holes with a basic hole punch for jump rings to go in later. I put them in the oven on a clean metal cookie sheet (one that hadn't been used for cooking) at 300 degrees, then kept an eye on them while they baked, taking them out after about a minute and a half. The colors didn't get quite as dark as I would have liked, so on my next attempt I did them at 75%. It does curl in the oven - alarmingly so, on my first attempt; they looked more like plastic Pringles than anything else, but they straightened out again a few seconds later - and it seemed that the more colors I used, the worse the tendency of the plastic to curl after shrinking. For my second and third batches, I placed a heavy book down on them as soon as they came out of the oven, which helped.
Regarding the opacity of the product, it does take on a frosted appearance once shrunken, but for my needs, I like the aesthetic. I recommend using very sharp scissors, since any "chewing" with dull scissors will cause your shrunken item to take on a ragged appearance on the edges, and this does not sand off very well.
Also, be warned that the shrinking does not occur to a consistent scale.Read more ›
I received it in the mail yesterday and compared to the two, there is really no difference. Looking at the sheets side by side before printing and cutting, Grafix had a smoother more matte finish, while Shrinky Dinks, you could see manufacturing lines in the finish. But they both bake equally the same.
I did notice Grafix does have a slightly rougher texture than Shrinky Dinks, but is a minor oversight.
Also, Grafix is made in the USA and I am more inclined to purchase from a company that oversees the whole process and reading from a previous review, will admit fault in product versus putting it on the consumer.
The instructions are precise and very thorough. I noticed they suggest using an acrylic sealer, which I went to Joann's and Michaels in hopes of finding the sealant they recommend. (A brushable one) And no dice. I do have several other acrylic sealants in my studio that I plan to test out with this and will post my follow ups as to what worked and what didn't.
I did try my Super Gloss Mod Podge and that worked wonderfully as always. I did try Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Durable Gloss Finish and that just pulled the ink color off. Doing a second coat of Super Gloss Mod Podge did make the finish not look so rough.
I also cut a corner of Grafix and Shrinky Dinks, baked them both at the same temp, same amount of time and Shrinky Dinks. Both side to side, Shrinky Dinks has a off white hue to the shrunken piece.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Didn't even go through the printer without getting jammed. Useless pieces of plastic that I wasted good money on it. Not worth it.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Can't get my printer to print on it no matter how I change the settings. It prints on other glossy papers fine, but not this one. Waste of money.Published 4 days ago by Theresa
prints great but shrinks funky like. not sure if it is because of the ink on one side.Published 6 days ago by Christine
Easy to use. Quality product. I made a bunch of pins out of this. I printed them on my computer, then shrank them. Ta-Da...darling pins were made in a snap with this product.Published 17 days ago by How ard
my daughter really enjoyed watching these curl up then shrink in the oven. They are easy to use, just stick in them in the printer and print what you want then cut and put them in... Read morePublished 26 days ago by JennJ
This is super cool stuff it works great has a bit of a ruff finish once shrunk but still works greatPublished 27 days ago by samanthajn
This generic brand of the classic Shrinky Dink is a great product, especially since the new version of Shrinky Dink material is of a lesser quality and does not produce good... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dave Marciniszy