SchoolArts Magazine

OCT 2013

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Experimenting The plates and cups had to be rigid and could not turn white when heated. I found that Chinet brand plastic ware worked the best. I used a generic brand of overhead transparencies. With these items and a set of multicolored permanent markers, I began my experimentation. I was pleasantly surprised at how well it worked. I took each piece and colored designs onto it with the colored markers, then warmed it with the heat gun. I was able to manipulate the shape of each using metal tongs. After they cooled, I attached them to each other using a hot glue 18 October 2013 SchoolArts gun. I was so excited to be able to Working with Heat and Plastic offer this alternative to glass blowing! I began the demonstration by explainThis lesson had finally become ing safety precautions to students, a reality, so I reminding instructed stuthem to wear After experimenting with dents to make protective different clear plastics I came preliminary gloves at all up with three items that were times, always designs on paper, using hold the plasfairly inexpensive and easy the colors and tic with the to find: plastic plates, plastic organic shapes metal tongs, tumbler cups, and overhead found in Chiand never aim transparency sheets. huly's work the heat gun as inspiration. at anyone or Once students had their designs any part of their bodies. I instructed completed, they each drew them onto students to aim the heat gun at the a plate, a cup, and an overhead transplastic and then switch it off immeparency using permanent markers. diately once the melting process was

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