DIY

How To: Plastic Bag Fabric

Inspired by Untitled by Alvin Demar Loving Jr.

Making fabric out from plastic bags.

Making fabric out from plastic bags.

Supplies:

Plastic bags (variety of colors, patterns)
Scissors
Irons
Parchment paper

Extras:

Sewing machine
Thread

Directions:

1. Collect plastic shopping bags. Look for interesting colors, patterns and designs.

2. Cut the plastic bags into shapes. Holding the bag taught makes it easier to cut.

3. Layer the cut pieces onto a larger shape of plastic bags. Create at least 6 layers but the more layers there are, the stronger the fabric will be.

4. Sandwich the layers between pieces of parchment paper.

5. Use a dry iron and press the layers together until they melt and fuse.

Bonus:

Make your fabric into a one-of-a-kind envelope with instructions at http://www.youaremyfave.com/2013/07/17/a-fused-plastic-bag-envelope-is-my-fave/.

Layout of fabric made from plastic bags,

Layout of fabric made from plastic bags.

Between ArtCamp@Dusk, Story Time, children’s art classes, workshops, tours, lectures and art, there is always something to do at the Akron Art Museum.

 

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How To: Plastic Bottle Beads

Making plastic beads at the Akron Art Museum.

Making plastic beads at the Akron Art Museum.

Supplies:
Plastic bottles
Scissors
Embossing heat guns
Permanent markers
Needle nose pliers (insulated)

Extras:
String or wire
Beads

Directions:
1. Collect and rinse plastic bottles. Try experimenting with different colored plastics.
2. Carefully cut the bottles into strips, varying the width of the strips will create different size beads.
3. Decorate the strips with permanent markers creating designs, patterns, or even writing a secret message.
4. Roll up the plastic strips and hold firmly with the pliers.
5. Heat the plastic with the heat gun and watch the plastic shrink and harden. When you are finished, let the bead rest on the pliers.

Showing off his plastic beads.

Showing off his plastic beads.

A whole bracelet of plastic beads!

A whole bracelet of plastic beads!

 

Between ArtCamp@Dusk, Story Time, children’s art classes, workshops, tours, lectures and art, there is always something to do at the Akron Art Museum.