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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Playing With Plastic - Karen

 I have been saving the bags I get in the produce department for a while -- they're great for picking up after my dog.  So I grabbed a few of them and ironed them together.  They looked kind of blah, so I borrowed some glitter from my daughter and sprinkled it on the ironed bag-fabric, then covered it with a sheet of plastic wrap from the kitchen.

I really like the look, but the wrap shrunk up at a different rate than the bags and I got all this cool texture.
 But the texture was too much for the project I had in mind (that first piece will go on my "little gems" pile.)  So I laid out three bags (I cut off the handles and bottoms so they would lie flat) and sprinkled on some more glitter then covered it with another bag.  I ironed it flat between two sheets of parchment paper.
 Here is a close up of the glitter trapped between the not-quite-opaque bags.
 I used big paper clips to hold the pattern on it for cutting.  --I keep a bag of these in my studio in all different sizes -- it's amazing how useful they are.
And the finished product -- little fairy slippers for my daughter's doll.  The plastic fabric is just clear enough to allow the yellow fabric to show through.

I think I would like to try this with tiny snips of fabric sandwiched between the layers of plastic.  And, of course, with paint.  


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