How to Make Crustaceans

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Crustaceans are plastic bottle compositions created from the below instructions that will be integrated in the Current Collections public art sculpture debuting at the St. Petersburg Science Festival on Friday, October 17th. A sculpture that brings awareness to litter in our communities and it’s affect on our environment. We thank you for participating in this exciting project!

What you will need:

1. PET 1 and PET 2 soda and water bottles, milk and juice containers.
2. Parchment paper
3. Dry iron
4. Scissors
5. Flat area with a used towel you can iron on.

Making it:

It is important to work in a well­ ventilated, outdoor area.

Start creating your panel by placing a towel and then piece of parchment paper on a flat surface you can work on before you are ready to iron.

Use a clean bottle with the labels removed.

We found that this project works best when using as much of the bottle as possible when designing your piece. This also avoids waste.

Be sure to keep a strong base by leaving the thickest part of the bottle, neck or bottom of the bottle, uncut.

Use scissors to cut strips or shapes no smaller than 1 inch into the plastic. Maintaining strips greater than 1 inch will ensure that your design is sturdy.

Embellish your piece:

To add movement to your pieces, you can iron the flat parts between two pieces of parchment. To do this, move your piece to the ironing surface and cover it with another piece of parchment paper.

Next , run a medium hot iron (we set ours to “rayon,”but you will need to experiment a little to see what works best for you) and keep the iron moving constantly. Make sure you get the edges, and after about 15 seconds or a little longer the plastic will start shriveling and coming to life!

Peel the parchment paper away from the finished piece. Voila you have created a beautiful crustacean for the sculpture!

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