T1-MMT-P1-p3-e2 Using a heat gun – second session

I finished the first session using the heat gun on a high (see post 19-April-2015).

Sample p1-57

Sample p1-57


Sample p1-57 seems full of possibilities.
However…

Sample p1-58.
Starting a new day rather annoyed with myself, but determined to see it through. Last night I tried designing and making a 3D plastic support to shrink plastic over. I was tired, clumsy, hurried, lost my way, kept going, and created a montrosity nothing like what was in my head or on the plan.

Sample p1-58 Plan

Sample p1-58 Plan


Sample p1-58 Filament Frame

Sample p1-58 Filament Frame


Stubborn set in last night, and continues. Let’s see if I can get plastic on this thing. It occurs to me I don’t need to capture between two layers.
Sample p1-58a Before

Sample p1-58a Before


Not over-covered – maybe I’ll be able to layer. Plus using just a bit of kinetic sand.
Sample p1-58a

Sample p1-58a


Not sure what that is, but it doesn’t look promising.
Sample p1-58a Detail

Sample p1-58a Detail


Although at the detail level there is some piercing, and mysterious lumpy distortions. The opaque wrapping disguises and makes dull – although it makes me think of Christo’s work, particularly some packages I saw at AGNSW (http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/249.2011/). Apparently no-one knows what’s inside them. Masterpieces? Junk? Better than the wrapped trees, which just accentuated that they were long dead (http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/250.2011.a-b/).

Back on topic, what would cellophane do?

Sample p1-58b before

Sample p1-58b before


Sample p1-58b During

Sample p1-58b During


The cellophane was doing nothing, so I turned up the heat a bit – and my plastic filament armature softened and collapsed.
Sample p1-58b After - collapsed

Sample p1-58b After – collapsed


Poor little thing. The cellophane wasn’t attached at all, and I have a slumped mess.
If the cellophane wasn’t attached, is the carrier bag?
Sample p1-58b Bag detached

Sample p1-58b Bag detached


No! Just a little fiddling where things were curled around, and it separated. (I also stopped to shade the direct light from the window, so hopefully photos will improve).

Sample p1-59. Recycling the previous sample!
First, a new mould in kinetic sand.

Sample p1-59 Mould

Sample p1-59 Mould


The old form cut open and spread on.
Sample p1-59 Before

Sample p1-59 Before


Sample p1-59a. Initial result:
Sample p1-59a

Sample p1-59a


It softened and wriggled around and suddenly what was an awkward mistake has me intrigued. The outside is very textured, the inside less so, but not smooth.
Sample p1-59b.
Sample p1-59b Before

Sample p1-59b Before


I put on and scattered around some more bits.
Sample p1-59b After - on mould

Sample p1-59b After – on mould


Extra bits went on, I learnt to work on one area at a time, to be conscious of the force of the blowing, to press with tongs after a blast for shaping and to encourage connections.
I toòk it off the mould, realised there were some weak points and bad connections, and was able to improve them.
Sample p1-59b - Bowl turned down

Sample p1-59b – Bowl turned down


It’s a bit more crazy and fun on the outside than the side facing the mould. You could break it without any trouble if you wanted to – and probably when you didn’t want to too. But if I wanted to I could keep going, add more layers and more strength.
I can see lots of places to go with this – additional layers and strength; using an impression mould so the crazier bits are on the inside and more visible; preparing a loose mass of squiggles and placing on form to trace it (the thicker pieces of filament which either had not gone through the pen or went through quickly at similar diameter were the least successful in shaping and melding); preparing a relatively flat piece, then warming and shaping it freestyle…
It means any little piece of scrap filament can find a use.
However at this point I’ll move on.

Sample p1-60.

Sample p1-60 Before

Sample p1-60 Before


Some clear polythene folded over. It may look boring, but if it distorts interestingly there could be possibilities.
Sample p1-60 After

Sample p1-60 After


Definitely distortion, although not as much bonding of the layers as I was hoping for. Still, enough to continue.

Sample p1-61.

Sample p1-61 Before

Sample p1-61 Before


Feathers and rubber bands inside polythene.
Sample p1-61 After

Sample p1-61 After


Sample p1-61 Shadows

Sample p1-61 Shadows


Perhaps I tried to do too much with one little sample. Are there possibilities to exploit here? There are some coloured shadows, which could be interesting. It’s not speaking to me.

Sample p1-62. Would that light pink plastic that shrivelled under the iron do anything interesting (sample p1-52)?

Sample p1-62 Before

Sample p1-62 Before


Before – bit of a blurry action shot, as the afternoon breeze picks up.
Sample p1-62 After

Sample p1-62 After


Wow! Look at that cell structure!
Sample p1-62 Backlit

Sample p1-62 Backlit


Backlit. How nice is that???

Sample p1-63. I have some light white plastic, sold at a cheapy shop as “heavy duty table cover”. It’s a little heavier than the pink and has a slight texture. Will that act in a similar way?

Sample p1-63 Before

Sample p1-63 Before


Sample p1-63a After

Sample p1-63a After


Quite similar. This is exciting because the table covers come in a range of colours. They are also large and cheap.
It’s certainly soft enough to stitch into, although it might tear.
Sample p1-63b. On an impulse I cut it into a length.
Sample p1-63b Cut

Sample p1-63b Cut


And made a little chain of finger crochet.
Sample p1-63b Chained

Sample p1-63b Chained


Sample p1-63b Backlit

Sample p1-63b Backlit


More interesting in the photos than in life. It’s just so limp and drab.
I could heat it and see what happened next.
Sample p1-63c. Instead I decided to twist it
Sample p1-63c Twisted

Sample p1-63c Twisted


Sample p1-63d. And ply it back on itself.
Sample p1-63d

Sample p1-63d


The twist was a bit too soft perhaps, but it might make an interesting texture in a weaving, especially as one can play with colours.
Sample p1-63e. I took out the twist and did a new crochet chain.
Sample p1-63e

Sample p1-63e


Sample p1-63f. Then used the heatgun
Sample p1-63f

Sample p1-63f


Sample p1-63f Backlit

Sample p1-63f Backlit


Good shape. I like the irregularity that is also linear. It’s moderately flexible, a little crackly. You could probably stitch through it, or bits of it, but I think it wouldn’t be pleasant. For some reason I think of it in a coiled basket, but you wouldn’t want to compress the life out of it. I should use it as a printing tool the next time I have the paints or inks out.

Sample p1-64. I have no idea what kitchen wipes are made of, but wanted to try one.

Sample p1-64 Before

Sample p1-64 Before


Sample p1-64 During

Sample p1-64 During


During. Lots of movement, which you can control to an extent by where you direct the air.
Still pliable. Some holes forming, so I want to push further.
Sample p1-64 After

Sample p1-64 After


Sample p1-64 Detail

Sample p1-64 Detail


More shrinking and some holes forming. Still strong – didn’t tear with a sharp tug. Still pliable. It just doesn’t excite me. I think the pattern is too strong.

T1-MMT-P1-p3-e2 Using a heat gun – second session
Textiles 1 – Mixed Media for Textiles
Part 1: Surface Distortion
Project 3: Heating and fusing
Exercise 2: Using a heat gun

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