I think I'm going to melt some plastic

Ew! I know...here I am trying to get rid of plastic things from the house so why am I suggesting this?

Well, I got really inspired by some fabulous fun funky usable art where geeky nerdy science meets crafty goodness aka "instructables."

Here's a fused plastic zipper bag using plastic candy bags from an instructables contributor.



Or this appliqued fused plastic bag from another instructables fan.



You basically take 8 layers of plastic bags, sandwich them between parchment paper, and melt away after you finesse your talent at gaging heat, pressure, and timing the process.


Etsy has a tutorial on this basic process and moon>sun has more details and hints. (How did I not know there was a mass crafter-craving for this knowledge?)


With a little luck and some skill you can end up with something like this quick and lovely "farmer's market bag" from Modern Cottage....



Or this professional quality lined version from Moon > Sun.




And hey, it counts as sustainable under the "reuse" category right? So maybe I'll accidentally forget the reusable market bag so I can get some of the pink and purple plastic bags that merchants use around Easter...

2 comments:

Gladys said...

When I taught pre-school we put little beads into small plastic bottles. Then I put them into the oven and melted them down. Wes drilled a hole on the top and the kids put yarn through and made necklaces for their mom. They were really neat!

Quon_mom said...

ooh! sounds interesting!

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