13 August 2010
Friday Flowers: Melting and SparklingCategory: Friday Flowers, Handmade Flowers, Recycle Crafts, Tutorial
Two of my favorite verbs: Melting and Sparkling
Aren't they just the most beautiful words? And so fun to say out loud. And this project combines both! You get to melt some plastic AND make sparkly flowery jellyfish lookin thingies! It’s like Shrinky Dinks but funner and cheaper and sparklier...ooh la la!
No clue how to use these beauties yet but I feel more are on the way. They are just too pretty. And easy too:
*Get yourself some #6 plastic cups or containers (you probably have some in your recycle bin already--the #6 will be inside the triangle on the bottom of the cup).
*Cut down the sides to make the petals.
*Melt the petals by exposing to low heat.
Now, how you choose to melt the petals is where it gets tricky. There is a lot of conflicting information on the web about what happens to plastic when it melts; some say it releases toxic gases as soon as it gets hot, others say it’s safe as long as it is done slowly at a low rate of heat (usually 200F degrees or below ). Ya’ll will have to do your homework and decide for yourself. I melted the turquoise flower up top by putting it in my oven at 180 for 45 seconds, while the yellow one was made by quickly waving it over a double wick candle. In both cases, I was next to an open door with a fan blowing outward to increase ventilation. Moving forward, I think I’m going to buy a temperature controlled toaster oven at the thrift store and use an extension chord to take it outdoors. Designated craft oven ahoy!