melting plastics+bottle tops

407985_10150710083511807_1431714194_n.jpgMelting plastic bottle tops…slightly more technically than with an AGA, bookbinding press and oven gloves… Robin Thomson experimented with sheets of reformed plastics made at Elmgreen School DT. The ingredients were; granulated milk bottles and bottle tops (polypropylene), particles of vacuum-forming HIPS, and acrylic (perspex). These will now be used by students as materials for their Product Design GCSE projects. Seductive results… now what to make with them?

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Less toxic possibilities than melting with an AGA… funny to see how the green milk bottle tops all melted in to rings, how the coke logo stayed surprisingly in tact, how the red tops melted in to regular discs… which flattened consistently under the press. I was aiming tho for more of a splattered look, maybe I have to heat the plastic more intensely?

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