Sunday, March 01, 2009

Friendly Plastic New and Old

I was cleaning the living room and discovered a couple of friendly plastic things. Here's a lady relaxing on a chaise lounge skritching a very pampered kitty. This piece is about 14" wide by 7" tall, all one piece. She's really fun and I guess I still have her because I really liked her. Every once in a while I put something away instead of putting it up for sale. I might make her part of a larger piece, maybe place her in a hand-printed background or something.

And here's something from my plastic box. I carry my sticks with me when I am out at the farmer's market and I keep them in a see-through Tupperware box with a lid. I remember I had my plastic underneath my chair and the sun came around and all it took was a few minutes of direct summer sun and this happened! A whole bunch melted together. You can see one of my handmade stands in there and a tag that I attach to my work all melted together. Sometimes I can pry this apart. This one is a write off. I will have to use it for filler for bigger pieces.






My current use for friendly plastic is as material from which I am making a set for an animation. I have indian red chairs and a table, all based on the set from Inside the Actor's Studio. Once I have it all set up I'll take some jpg's so you can see it.

6 comments:

rarelizzie said...

I love your "illustrations" in FP, they have such humour.

redcatdance said...

Thanks! It's such an over-the-top material...very dramatic! I can't resist ...

revacres said...

In your experience, how well do objects made from friendly plastic hold up? Do they start getting brittle after a few years? thanks

redcatdance said...

Revacres:

Hi. Yes, after a few years, about 7 or 8, the plastic becomes brittle and it will crack and break. The objects are stable otherwise, just don't try to bend them. They keep their colour and everything but yeah, they get brittle. It's the nature of plastic to become more brittle over time unless chemicals are added to stop the process but these chemicals affect how the modeling plastic behaves so it's not added.

redcatdance said...

Revacres check out my blogpost here

http://plasticmasters.blogspot.com/2008/12/grocery-bag-sculpture-made-of-friendly.html

I talk alot about "the snapper" which is what fp people call those brittle pieces of plastic...

-Katie.

revacres said...

Thanks. I appreciate your help.