Shrink plastic

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My friend made for me these portraits of our dogs out of shrink plastic. She used a disposable food container made out of plastic marked #6. These containers are kind of rare, but we discovered that they have them at a vegan restaurant when we took some takeaway cake. We look up for them and save them when we find the #6 mark.

Probably the “real” shrink plastic works better, but it is nice to make these cute things out of recycled plastic. I took some photos of the process. My friend draw our dogs with sharpies.

Here it is the real size of the initial drawing, before going into the oven.

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In the oven (in a non-stick pan) it curled up a lot at first, but the plastic is flexible enough while warm and it can be flattened down with a spoon.

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And this is the first portrait of our dog Souris. I will glue a brooch fastener on it.

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Here they are the three of them. Lulu, the black one in the middle is drawn using as a reference a favorite photo of mine in which she looks so funny and silly, but maybe it wasn’t the best reference photo for this drawing :).

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She also made me these even smaller versions with holes that I transformed in a necklace that I wear a lot. Although they seems delicate, they are quite sturdy. And Lulu looks closer to her real self in this one :).

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2 thoughts on “Shrink plastic

  1. Wow, I love the drawings of your dogs and how great they look as a necklace.
    I have worked with shrink plastic before, but with the bought sheets. Interesting to know, that it is also possible to use other plastic, now I will have to look at the bottom of some food containers, maybe the numbering is the same in the whole of Europe. Thank you very much for this hint, I think I would never have tried to shrink other plastic than the bought sheets.

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