How to Make Sea Flowers

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Display or Mail us your Sea Flower plastic bag compositions created from the below instructions. Mailed in Sea Flowers will be integrated in the Current Collections public art sculpture.

Mailing address: Embodied Energy Studio, PO BOX 8014, Atlanta, GA 31106

Sea Flower Size: 1 foot x 1foot

Color Palette: 1 color (mixed shades) with clear and/or white

What you will need:

1. Plastic bags. Any grocery, shopping or dry cleaner plastic bags. Thin, flimsy ones work best.

2. Parchment paper

3. Dry iron

4. Scissors

5. Flat area with a used towel you can iron on.

Making it:

YouTube DEMO: RecycledART . IMPORTANT NOTE: To create interesting patterns tear plastic bags that have contrasting and interesting colors and place them between the base layers. Try to add clear layers on top to better preserve your design and make sure everything get fused properly.

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

Start creating your panel by placing a piece of parchment paper (big enough to hold your 1foot x 1 foot piece) on a flat surface you can work on before you are ready to iron.

Flatten out the bag and trim the bottom seam and handles off. This allows the bag to be opened up into a larger rectangle of plastic. Don’t throw the seam and the handles away. Use them to create interesting patterns later.

Turn the bag inside out if it has printing on it. Once the ink heats up, it comes off the bag and makes a huge mess. If the bag has an interesting design that you will like to preserve, try using a clear plastic bag (dry cleaner bags works great) layered on top of the printed one.

Use clear or white plastic bags as base layer generates brighter designs.

We found that that 3-4 layers of plastic gives the best results. Trying to fuse less than 6 layers often results in little holes forming in the finished piece and generally weaker material.

To create interesting patterns tear plastic bags that have contrasting and interesting colors and place them between the base layers. Try to add clear layers on top to better preserve your design and make sure everything get fused properly.

Once you are satisfied with your composition, 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, flip it over and iron the opposite side for a few seconds.

Peel a corner of the paper back to see if the plastic is fused together. If the layers are not all melted together, iron it some more.

Peel the parchment paper away from the finished piece.

Voila you have created a beautiful panel for the sculpture!

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