Club Creative Studio offers part two of the creative process from the latest mother/daughter project. Part one shared the beginning stages of the painted canvas and gave a hint of the mixed media added: the recycled melted plastic bottles. In today’s post we will reveal the final outcome and share the process of how you can also create the flower sections.
This project will be an ongoing project that we will continue to build upon as we add more and more recycled sections to the over-all project. We will add more melted flowers as we obtain additional bottles by which to recycle.
This is what you need to begin:
With your empty and clean plastic soda or water bottle, use scissors to carefully punch and cut along the line that is already found across the bottom design of the bottle.
This is what the cut portion will look like when you have cut around the entire bottom of the plastic container.
Cutting the “petals” can be done in a variety of ways keeping in mind that you want to cut portions that mimic the natural forms of flower petals. Your initial petal cuts can be made by cutting along the indention of the bottom of the plastic container.
Experiment with round cut and fringe cut ends.
To start the melting process you need a craft heat gun, your pre-cut plastic sections, pliers, a heat-resistant area (outdoors is a well ventilated area), a protected work surface (like a tin liner or cookie sheet), and a mask that protects from vapors.
It does not take long to melt the cut plastic so you will be moving the heat gun around fast and not long at all. I made a short video on the Facebook page that you can review which will demonstrate just how quickly this is done. http://www.facebook.com/ClubCreativeStudio
STEP FIVE: THE MELTING PROCESS
This is the above item after I have melted and formed it with the heat gun.
Adding color to the plastic is easily done by dabbing alcohol ink colorants to the plastic.
Thursday’s TNT (This-N-That) post will highlight all of the creativity quotes used in this project. Check back for the creative inspiration they provide.
- Plastic Painting Project Part l (clubcreativestudio.wordpress.com)