Upcycled DIY Awesomeness!

The whole situation, was a comedy of errors and weirdness until I realized the potential of my medium – boiling water and plastic utensils. I kid not my friends, a silent hand was guiding me to DIY awesomeness! I’ve got a origin story below ( or you can skip it and jump to the tutorial below! )

Late last night I was boiling some water ( can’t remember why – but probably to make some ramen….which I shouldn’t be eating ) when I accidentally dropped a plastic fork into the pot of boiling water. I quickly made a grab for some kitchen tongs only to find that all of them were crusted with food stuff from dinner. I turned to the sink to wash them but the dish detergent was empty but that wouldn’t stop me for long.  I redirected my aim for some hand soap to wash off the tongs. Now, armed with clean ( and rosemary sage scented ) tongs I rescued the poor fork from the pot of boiling water.  After fishing it out,  I dropped the fork into a cup of water nearby to let it cool; and that when I noticed it.  The fork had bent into a U shape in side the cup. Aha!!!! I can make a bracelet ( seriously, that was my first thought…..).

I fiddled with the fork again and found that a combination of tongs and forceps ( yup, still have random med-school supplies lying about) was the most controlled way to bend the fork into whatever shape I wanted.  The key is to control the water temperature ( steam is dangerous, it can cause burns….but I find wearing gloves too cumbersome while working. ), water volume ( make sure there’s enough water to prevent the plastic from burning. ) and not over working it ( the longer the plastic utensil stays heated, the more likely it is shrinking – pop it into some cooler water every once and awhile if your working on an intricate or tough bend. )

I also worked with a spoon, but the time and amount sculpting scratch up the spoon face too much. I think I’ll keep trying though because I see calla lily bracelets or hair sticks whenever I look at spoons now!  I don’t think knives will have nearly the same impact as the spoon or fork, but once the serrated edge is smoothed out it will make a wonderful cuff.

Okay here’s the  tutorial for Immersion plastic sculpting! (ie bending plastic in boiling water )

Materials

  1. plastic utensils ( save the plastic from your latest chipotle binge )
  2. Short/small sauce pot ( NOT pan, pot!)
  3. tongs, forceps, long handle tweezers/reverse tweezers
  4. long safety gloves ( I recommend them, but I don’t use them )
  5. bowl of warm water ( never put some thing hot into something cold )
  6. bowl of Ice ( IMPORTANT use if for those “Crap, I burned myself” situations)

Tutorial

  1. boil water in the sauce pot ( I would start with 4/5 full )
  2. once water has boiled immerse your plastic utensil in the water.  ( you may need to weigh it down or hold it down with your tongs)
  3. wait 1-2 minutes then gently bend the utensil within the boiling water.  use to 2 sets of tongs or press the utensil against the side of the sauce pot.
  4. once the shape starts to form pull it out and cool it in the bowl of warm water.
  5. Repeat as needed until perfect.
  6. once cooled, decorate with paint, glitter, rhinestones or wrap in fabric strips, beading wire or string!

Good luck!

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Major positive reinforcement this summer!

I’m so excited to announce that I have 3 potential collaborations on the horizon!

First,  I have been accepted as a Whimseybox Influencer! ( pop-pop! )

 

This is so exciting, but because it means I’ll get some feedback about my projects and possibly extra spending cash!

second collaboration is with the folks over at WeSubtitle, it’s a new survey site opened by DramaFever ( you know, the one site that still shows goodies like Last Scandel ? the funniest and most heartbreaking drama ever?).  It looks like DF is recruiting Subbers with $$.  That’s pretty major ( Don’t fret Viki, we’re not breaking up!).  The deal is, WeS will send out an email notice of a project matching the language I qualified for, I respond with my availability and rate. They’ll email a confirmation if I’m a “good fit” .  Well, that’s totally awkward ( what’s a good rate? is there a required submission window?  Will the vids be segmented?  What if the series turns out to be super boring and I just don’t wanna do it anymore? or worse, what if there’s a super awesome show and I wanna pull a Katniss?)  so yeah, a few questions that probably won’t get answered until the Subbing is on; but it is still an honor to have been nominated ( er….qualify )

third collaboration is super sweet! I’ve been selected as a Darby Smart DIY Designer! ( YEAH! WOOT – WOOT! )

So, not only am I going to be famous! er….possibly – they have to actually like one of projects first, and then someone else needs to like it too ( and buy it ).  But I get a whopping $50 towards my next DS haul!  Which is really nice, but also way too late, my haul was delivered at 10 am this morning  LOL’s.  Saving it for next time.

I’m so excited about all of these creative prospects and opportunities!

I’d like to thank my parents for allowing me the freedom to create and accepting my desire to spend ” future house ” money on supplies, classes and Dramas. This is for my brother who doesn’t “get it” but lets me craft my feelings out over McD’s and Pizza – in his room – watching Dramas. I also want to thank my closest friends who have become my DIY dumping grounds ( you know who you are ) Your unquestioning acceptance of my DIY wares has encouraged me to continue my costly hobby with pride!     I wouldn’t be here without all of your unending support.  This, is for you all !

Lol’s…..

what are your summer plans?