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working with PLASTIC BAGS

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Björn Steinar Blumenstein bjornsteinar

working with PLASTIC BAGS

22/06/2017 at 09:31

It´s a known fact that plastic bags can be ironed and reused some purposes, but an awful lot of the objects produced with this method look a bit sloppy compared to products on the market. So in this post I trace the steps of how I try to find an easy way of producing nice looking materials (similar to http://www.riceandcarry.com) and objects using minimal tools that are
available or easily accessible (basically just an iron, baking paper, piece of wood and textile).

My aim is to find a technique so simple that it can be applied to any type of plastic bag, regardless of different plastic. After a few failed experiments (too cold iron or too hot) the same temperature was used for all experiments to simplify the procedure. The temperature used for all the experiments is set on cotton on the iron (around 205 celsius).

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02/11/2017 at 17:51


Looking forward to create a plastic notebook, your technique is impressing.

Would you be interested in sharing some ideas ?

27/01/2018 at 05:29

Hello, very impressive work and also thank you for sharing every step of the process until you’ve reached the ‘final method’.

I have 2 questions:
-1- How do you get that uniform colour? Do you have to sellect the bags one by one and only use the ones that have the very exact colour?
-2- Can we get this result (fabric/textile) with other plastics? For example melting plastic bottles and then while using a rolling pin create a thin uniform piece of plastic sheet.

Thank you, and sorry for my english!

27/01/2018 at 15:31

Nine work u shoul yry a heet gun

16/08/2019 at 08:57

I have a question, how could I separate ldpe and hdpe plastic bags in a quick way? How to identify them better if it doesn’t have any mark or is not a typical plastic bag (I mean shape and usage, for example, fabric tubes a rolled in a huge transparent plastic and I could use it but I’m not sure if it fits). Thanks!

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