Okay, Iâ€™m not sure if this is toxic or not , so my disclaimer : Try this at your own risk, I will not be responsible for any bodily harm be it chemical-wise or flame-wise. Or any potential fires too.
Iâ€™ve seen these plastic fusing tutorials on the web for some time now ( here is one ). There also is a non-profit organisation in India that recycles plastic bags into really nice handbags. I want to try it out , so I am going to start small.. drink coastersâ€¦
For this project, youâ€™ll need:
thin plastic bags ( one with nice illustration ; one colored ; one plain white )
A4 printer paper
From the white plastic bag, cut out 6 layers of the same size. ( You will need to trim the finished project, so leave some allowances ) Next , cut some stripes from the colored bag, and also the illustration from the last bag. Iâ€™m using Mr. Bunâ€™s logo here, isnâ€™t he cute ?
Arrange the color stripes on top of all the white plastic cuttings.
Place the illustration on top.
Now place a clean piece of paper on top. Set the iron to the lowest heat setting ( nylon ) and iron it back and forth for 2-3 minutes. ( notes : if you use paper with prints, the prints will be transfered onto the plastic sheet; the illustration will run, so if you lift the paper up, make sure you put a clean portion of the paper back on or it will smudge the plastic sheet ; if holes formed, it means the iron is too hot. you can try to repair it by placing another layer on the bottom )
When itâ€™s fused, the flimsy plastic sheets will then harden into one single layer.
Trim, and enjoy your new drink coaster !