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Micro Format, Inc.
Est. 1983 ~ On Line Since 1995

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It's the Incredible Shrinking
Picture Material

Micro Format has been manufacturing Super Color Shrink since 1995.
Over the years, color ink jet printers have changed and the ink used in them has also changed.
Announcing Super Color Shrink for the 21st Century !

Print Both High & Low Resolution Pictures, Graphics and Text

Note the original size and the size after shrinking.

  • Make Jewelry
  • Luggage & Key Tags
  • Book Marks
  • Zipper Pulls
  • 3-D items to adorn Greeting Cards
  • and much more
Special Ink Jet Coated 8-1/2" x 11" WHITE Shrink Sheets
for use in all Color Ink Jet Printers
  • New Improved Shrink Plastic
  • New Improved Ink Jet Coating
  • Place in Heated Conventional Oven or Toaster Oven
    Not for use in micro wave ovens
  • Watch as your picture shrinks to 1/4 its original size

Super Color Shrink is designed for use by adults for making craft projects.
Round all corners before shrinking material. Use caution when baking.
Material is hot when it is removed from the oven.
Allow to cool before touching material.


Super Color Shrink

Item Number SP3090-B
100 sheets per package
$120.00 per package

Tip from David Peterman

In all my experimenting, I discovered a couple things that might be useful for some other of your customers. I'm using an HP Officejet 720, and I found that it was having trouble feeding the material. Sure enough, after digging through HP's tech support, I found that the 700 series does not like thick sheets. I noticed that after printing about 2/3 of the sheet, the trailing edge of the sheet left the rear paper-advance rollers, and the front rollers were not strong enough to move the sheet all on their own.

To get around this, I had to add a couple steps to my process. I'm printing a 3"x3" design six times on one sheet... because of the HP problem, however, it could only print the first four before jamming. I changed my design to have only four designs on the page and ran all of the sheets through. Then, I created a new 4"x8.5" page and placed two copies of my design on it. I chopped off the bottom 4" of each of the sheets that I had just printed, and ran these pieces through like envelopes. A bit of a convoluted process, but it works!

Super Color Shrink - Story

Remember coloring on Shrink Plastic ?
Shrink Plastic goes back to the seventies ... I thought it was older than that but I have been corrected.

Shrink Plastic is a plastic on which kids would draw ... in many cases it had images preprinted for coloring. After the images were colored, you would cut the plastic to size, place it in a convection oven and watch as the plastic curled up ... and hopefully unfolded and laid flat.

In the spring of 1997, after having worked on the project for over a year, we figured out how to coat shrink plastic. We needed to place a special coating on the material so that it can be printed in a color ink jet printer. Without the special coating, ink will bubble on the surface and never dry. It just makes a mess.

First I had to figure out the nature of the material. Each time I asked, nobody wanted to tell me about its composition. It wasn't that they didn't what to tell me ... it was that I kept asking that group who never heard of it?

Eventually I found out that this is Bi-Axial oriented Styrene. Bi-axial which means it will shrink evenly in both directions. Do you know where they use styrene? Ever buy strawberries or blueberries in that clear "clam shell" package? The package is styrene. It is actually Mono-axial oriented 3 mill styrene. Our product is 10 mill.

The first time they extruded our material ... they messed up and forgot to change the setting from mono to bi-axial. So when you went to shrink our material, it shrunk more in one direction than the other.

Here we were with thousands of sheets which would not shrink evenly. Never fear .. we're marketers. We turned it into a product called "Fun house shrink" ... Guaranteed to distort any picture!
Looking to lose weight? Use Fun House Shrink.
Remember the mirrors in the old fun house.
They would make you look tall and thin. Yep ... funhouse shrink does it! Now if I could only find a way to add hair to the top of my head.
But that's another story.

With the first problem solved, we needed to figure out how to put a special coating on our shrink material.
Now you have to understand ...all of the coatings we put on our materials are put there using heat.
You begin to see the problem. Heat this material and it shrinks !
So we needed to find a way to cold coat our shrink.
Once that was solved we had to overcome the problem of the coating "de-laminating" from the surface of this non-pourus material.
At first the coating would peel off the surface. Well finally all of the problems were solved and in the summer of 1997 we brought SUPER COLOR SHRINK to market.

Super Color Shrink is a great product in the hands of someone who knows what they are doing. It really is a "crafting product."

Those like me make key chains, zipper bobs and other "neat things." Those who are really handy make beautiful jewelry using metal fixings which can be found in the craft store. You can even use shrink to adorn greeting cards. I'm into butterflies and bows.

They don't have to lay completely flat to look good.
Just glue the shrink to the face of the card and you have a 3-D image.
Put a bow in the hair of a baby picture.
Add a butterfly or two in the background. It's neat!

A QUICK STORY - we were going to a trade show and decided it would be good to give out a piece of shrink with our company logo. With a piece of double side sticky tape, we could slap it onto the name badge of those who visited our booth. So I had to make a least 300 pieces with our logo. One evening when my wife left the house to play cards with her friends, I fired up the toaster oven to broil. Then I did the same with our electric oven. Now after the smoke detector stopped shrieking and the dog stopped barking, I proceeded to shrink the hundreds of badges which I had previously printed on my color ink jet printer.

Using oven mits, I loaded the a teflon tray and filled the oven with shrink. Then I did the same with the toaster oven. With perspiration running done my face, I was like a one arm paper hanger as I flipped from one oven to the other. Everything got hot hot!
Actually the trays got so hot that the shrink would shrink as fast as it would hit the tray. I had badges all over the place.
But I got them done in no time.
I then cleaned up the mess. If it wasn't for the heat in the house, my wife would have never known.
So big deal; the house was at 85 degrees. I guess I should have put on the air conditioning before she returned. But at least I did clean up my mess in the kitchen. Well almost everything. OK .. so their were a few stray pieces of plastic around and I didn't put everything back in the oven (for storage) as I had found it.

So my suggestion is to do it the right way. Put the shrink on the tray with the printed side down after having preheated the oven to 275 degrees, place the shrink into the oven and wait about 15 minutes or until the shrink returns to the flat position. This should work most of the time.

However if you have no patience, like me,
set the toaster oven to broil and watch the shrink shrink in 20 seconds !

By the way ... never use a microwave oven. But that's another story.

I stand corrected - August 2000 ... Steve Singer

Hello ... I was interested in your shrink material website and read your shrink history that shrink plastic goes back to the 70's. Actually your source is incorrect. "Shrinky Dinks" were invented in 1973 by Betty Morris of Wisconsin and later marketed by the coloring book giant, Colorforms. Today I believe Milton Bradley oficially carries on this tradition.

BUT ...
In 1968 Wham-O marketed a device called "The Shrink Machine." They also marketed a number of after market trademarked items called appropriately enough ... "Shrinkies." The 6 shrinkies were called "Tiny-Trinkets," "Widdle-Weirdies," "Bitty-Blanks," "Teeny-Tinys," "Itty-Autos," and "Micro Messages." I have a Wham-O Shrink Machine and the 6 shrinkies. It used a 40-watt light bulb to shrink the Polystyrene. Can you say 15 minutes??? It does do a credible job though ... just slow.

Now you can correct the person who initially corrected you concerning the history of shrink. Since "Shrinkable Plastics" and "Superabsorbers" are my specialties I have done a lot of research on them. I do a lot of presentations in my role as a Polymer Ambassador to science teachers all over the U.S. concerning these topics. With your permission I will include both your website and your product as additional examples of "Shrinkable Plastics" when I do presentations.

Wayne Goates
Kansas Polymer Ambassador

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