So, I finally got around to trying the below plastic bag tutorial from Etsy.
I was hoping to create something to use for the window in badge holders I crocheted for the upcoming Sci-Fi/Fantasy convention, but, alas, it didn’t work out. However, I did make fabric out of a variety of plastic bags, and thought it’d be a good idea to write up the results for others who’d like to give it a shot.
So, I got a few nearly perfect sheets, but most of them didn’t turn out that spectacularly. Either I held the iron in one spot for too long, or I couldn’t smooth the bags out enough, or I got a little too high off of fumes because although I had windows open, I hadn’t thought to grab a fan.
It might be a combination of all of those.
|Guess I could call this unintentional art or something.|
Also, in case you’re wondering what will happen if you don’t turn your bags inside out, take a look at what happened to the paper I used. I didn’t make much of a mess, but I can see how that could easily happen if you’re not careful.
Anyway, on to the bags.
Next up was this thin, clear bag from someplace we probably haven’t been to in ages. I decided to see what would happen if I just ironed it as two layers instead of the eight. The result was a very thin, slightly opaque piece of fused plastic. The smaller piece in my hand is what it looks like in 8 ply instead of 2. This one was actually extremely easy to do. There were very few, if any, air bubbles in the final product.
I rather like how this one turned out. This is another thin bag, probably from a thrift or antique store. The way I screwed this one up was that I ended up letting the iron sit too long in some places. However, I really like the end parchment like color.
- Set up a fan beforehand.
- TURN ON said fan.
- Make sure the bags are all relatively wrinkle free.
- Keep ye olde iron on the move.
If anyone else has had better luck with this technique, feel free to link me to pictures of your creations. I’d love to see what you’ve put together!