This was a school project to create art using recycled materials. I had decided to make a flowering plant using recycled materials.
Research and Experiment
I collected various types of drink bottles and sourcing different coloured plastic items from bottles, plates, spoons, containers and lids. I then tested the materials for heat re-shaping using candles, iron and other heat sources. There was a trick to heat up the material, which would bend from the heat, without overheating and over curling.
Method and Reflection
Using green drink bottles, I found I could easily make the main stalk and leaf structure. For the flowers, I had used coloured spoons.
- Cut out petals and leaves from plastic bottles
- Using flames from candles to shape the petals and leaves
- For the stigma and the style, I used a piece of aluminium and a drop of hot glue-gun. Then painted it all black.
- Finally, I glued all the parts together.
- For the base I painted the bowl, initially green then a bronze color. I noted it was heavier at the top so I put rocks in the bowl to keep it more stable.
To improve my recycled plastic flowering plant, I would melt the plastic pieces together instead of using the glue gun.
Below are some drawings I made for the recycled flower: