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Saturday Morning Experiment

May 7, 2011

I just woke up Saturday morning with an urge to experiment with my heat gun and plastic bags. I would like to place some emphasis on “just woke up” to excuse my untidy appearance. Yes, my heat gun is Kawasaki brand.

It’s crazy how much plastic shrinks. Look at how cute these shrunken plastic bags are!

I always struggle with the huge gap between disposable products and valuable ones. It doesn’t make much sense that some disposable products (like plastic bags) are made out of a material that do not allow itself to really be properly disposed of (proper disposal being in a closed loop of course :)).

It is so fascinating that a man-made material like plastic is associated with cheapness…  when its chemical make up suggests the exact opposite — robustness. Plastic has so many favorable properties (ex – waterproof, doesn’t degrade) to make a robust, valuable product. Why are so many disposable products made out of plastic?

Is it because of plastic’s low manufacturing cost? Or it’s aesthetic properties? Probably a combination of both.

I’m experimenting with molding plastic bags into a new form (like over a glass cup in the photo above). When melted, the plastic bag takes on this really interesting translucent, fibrous texture. As cliche as it is, I think it could look pretty cool as a light.

I think I just found a project to work on this weekend…

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Joyce permalink
    May 7, 2011 18:16

    WOOOOW those lamps look ah-mazing. It would look so awesome if there was a bunch of different shaped ones. (I hope the apartment doesn’t smell like burnt plastic).
    Anyways, you brought up an interesting point about the value of plastic- it’s deemed “cheap” but in reality it isn’t.

  2. May 7, 2011 22:08

    Thanks J! Don’t worry I opened the window!

    I was thnking about doing a bunch of different sized ones… different colors… depending on the bag. I shrunk an H&M bag, it looks pretty crazy.

    One struggle I’m having… yes, its made out of an otherwise landfill destined material.. but as a light, its also using electricity. Hmm…

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