Thursday, December 8, 2011
Playing with plastic
I played with this technique over the weekend; using grocery/store bags, dry cleaner wrapping, thickened plastic wadding and bubble wrap.
Mostly, I just melted stuff together. :)
I was interested in the types of textures I could get with the different weights of plastic; but because the dry cleaning plastic would have been excessively boring, I first put two squares as a base, mixed up some craft paint on top, put another two squares of plastic on that and melted away,
Four layers wasn't enough (paint ALL over my iron), but 8 was, and I got some really nice results that were highly coloured, very pliant, and easy to quilt.
I also tried it with some white grocery bags for a less vibrantly coloured result and in my finished piece, layered the different kinds of plastics and some of the colours together.
I also tried putting "stuff' in between the layers: sequins, tiny beads, bits of fabric, plastic mesh and the like - with varied results - I may use those bits and bobs in other pieces in the future:
But often, the result was such a hard mass of plastic, I couldn't imagine using it in any way except possibly, sculpture!
It's not clear from the pic above - but this turned out be a lump of hard plastic that no needle could ever get through!
In the end, I took some pinks and greens and whites, cut them up, layered them and put them together in a little wall hanging. BSP (Beloved Spouse) *LOVES* it and thinks I should work with melted plastic all the time.
It was fun - but that's enough for me. :)