fusing plastic bags- the eclipse way - clear plastic roofing
There are a lot of tutorials for fusion plastic bags, but I am often asked about directions, so I think there must be room for another one.
I noticed that every tutorial I read is different and my approach is not exactly the same as any other tutorial.
I have done a lot of attempts and errors and this is the best and most effective way I think.
In this tutorial, I will show how to make a decal zip cosmetic bag with a molten plastic.
This is everything you need to start merging: 1. an iron2. a hard heat-
Wear-resistant surfaces like wooden cutting boards.
Grilled parchment paper. 4.
Some plastic bags!
Unfortunately, these are not missing in the world.
For this item, you need 3 grocery bags in white, small pieces of some colored plastic bags, and a thin and transparent bag, such as a dry cleaner bag or a newspaper delivery bag. 5.
Scissors are used in the sewing part of the item you need: 7 or 9 inch zipper, difficulty level of sewing machine line: simple, but it takes time to complete basic sewing skills (
Straight, nothing special.
To prepare a fusion grocery bag, you need to trim the handle and trim the seams at the bottom.
When you're done, smooth the bag into a flat rectangle.
You can keep the side seams connected.
You end up with a double layer of stuff like a tube. 1.
Place the iron between polyester and artificial silk, which set up 3 on my iron, but your iron may be different. 2. Open a window-
You should do this project in a well ventilated place.
You don't burn or melt the plastic, the plastic is not hot enough, but it may release some smoke. 3.
Cut two large pieces of parchment covered on your cutting board.
Whenever you fuse, the plastic is always sandwiched between the two layers of paper.
The bottom layer of the paper prevents the plastic from sticking to the board, and the top layer of the paper prevents the plastic from sticking to the iron.
You will merge one package at a time and two layers at a time.
3 bags are used for this project, so there is 6 layers thick.
For larger or more heavy items like backpacks, you will want to use 8 layers of plastic. (4 bags)
This applies to thin bags of grocery type.
If you are using plastic bags as thick as some high-end clothing boutiques, you may only need 2 or 3 layers. 4.
On the cutting board, put down a piece of parchment paper, then your bag, and then the second parchment paper. 5.
Now start ironing the paper on the top.
Press hard and keep the iron moving, don't let the iron stay in one place for more than a second or two. 6.
On my cutting board, the whole plastic is bigger than the board.
This means I have to iron it in sections.
When you iron everything covered with paper, lift the paper and change the plastic to another part.
Continue until you iron the whole bag. 7.
Now, raise the paper and test your fusion piece.
Rub the fused part between the fingers to check the adhesion.
If you hear crkling, it doesn't blend completely. Re-
Iron any part that will wrinkle, maybe longer, or adjust the temperature a little.
It is done when the whole thing is a fusion layer with no wrinkles or bubbles.
Now you can add a second package.
This will be 3rd and 4 layers of plastic.
I always add a new layer or two at a time.
Do not try to fuse all 6 layers at a time, otherwise incomplete adhesion will occur in the middle layer.
Place the new, unopened bag on the Fusion bag and cover it with parchment paper and iron, as you did with the first bag.
Like you make the first bag, iron it in sections.
Check again for wrinkles and re-check
Fuse any area that is not fully integrated.
Plastic fuses also shrink.
This can cause the fusion piece to deform or curl.
If you find your Fusion plastic rolled up too much, flip it over and merge the next layer to the back.
This will make the shrinkage even and flatten it.
After the first 2 bags are fully fused, add 3rd bags in the same way as the second bag.
Fuse the third bag and let it cool for a few seconds.
Now you have a piece of molten plastic with 6 layers of thickness.
This is a good size for making things.
I don't like to fold a bag twice and make it into an 8-
Because it does such a small piece, you can't do a lot of things with it.
This method of using 3 or 4 full size bags will eventually get a finished product with the right size.
I found these to be the perfect size for making cosmetic bags and pencil cases, but if you want to make big items like backpacks or handbags, you can sew a few pieces together.
The edges will be wavy and some will be less than 6 layers thick.
So you will want to trim your work and make it a nice and clean rectangle.
For my bag, I trimmed it to a rectangle of 9 inch by 14 inch.
The creative part is here!
I like to decorate fusion plastic with electrical appliances.
I save any beautiful plastic bags I get so I can decorate a plain white bag with them.
You can do very simple apps like stripes, or very complex apps like this crazy tree and bird.
For this project I am doing some heart surgery due to being very close to Valentine's Day
Application of shape.
I have some preserved pieces of pink and red plastic that are trimmed handles from other bags.
Cut heart shape: fold plastic and cut ice cubes-cream-
Cone folded in half.
Then expand and you have a heart shape.
Make Heart products of different sizes repeatedly.
For this project, as I am making a cosmetic bag, the plastic folds in the middle, the fold is at the bottom of the bag, and the top will be two short edges.
For this reason, I placed my heart in the middle facing tip side and the curved side facing the end.
This will guarantee that my heart is right. side-
On the finished cosmetic bag.
Place your appliance on the base plastic in a pleasant design.
They can overlap if you want.
Cover with parchment paper and blend them in place.
Once all your appliances are in place, you can cover and seal the top with a thin and transparent layer of plastic.
I sent the bag in rainy days with my newspaper, but it was dry
Cleaning bags are also very effective in this regard.
This top layer barely adds thickness, but it adds a good gloss and doubles to make sure the app never falls off.
Once you blend the clear layer at the top, trim the edges even if your bottom layer.
Now that the fuse part of the project has been completed, you can put the iron away.
You are ready for Phase 2: sewing cosmetic bags.
Sewing tips for sewing with molten plastic: you can sew finished plastic materials in sewing machines or curlers.
Be sure to use a longer stitch length so there won't be too many holes that form a perforated line. (
Easy to tear)
I use long needles.
Be sure to sew small items together, especially when the plastic is thick and hard. .
You don't need to turn the seams to the inside like you do with the fabric because the plastic doesn't wear out.
In addition, it may be difficult to turn out small items like cosmetic bags.
For larger items like handbags, you can choose the seams inside or outside.
Do not pin the parts in the proper position as the holes are not closed.
This bag uses a zipper and I use a 9 inch zip, but you can also fit a smaller bag with a 7 inch zip.
This is the basic thing if you know how to sew, just simple zipper application.
I assume there is some knowledge of sewing and will not try to teach to start sewing in this tutorial. 1.
Place the zipper foot on the sewing machine and sew the zipper face down to the right side of the plastic. 2.
Fold the zipper so it is facing up on the front and the seam allowance is pressed on the plastic.
Press it with your finger-
Do not use iron.
Top needle on plastic close to zipper tape. 3.
Fold the plastic together so that the other end of the plastic is aligned with the free edge of the zip tape.
The right side of the zipper should face the right side of the plastic.
Sew them together, and sew them together on the right. 4.
Reach out in the bag (
Will be like a tube at this stage)
Now, fold the zipper and stitch it on the second edge like the second step.
The zipper is done now.
For this project I put the seams in because the plastic is thinner and more flexible than usual.
I can tell you that there won't be a problem getting the bag out of the right.
However, you can also do this with the outside seams and if you are making a smaller package I would suggest you do this (
Like a 7 inch zipper)
Or if your finished plastic is thicker.
The only different direction is if you sew the right side together (
End the seam inside)
, Be sure to open the zipper before stitching the side seam.
Otherwise, the zipper will be sealed inside and there is no way you can open the bag and turn it out. (
Yes, I did. DOH! )
If you sew the two sides wrong, there's no need to worry about it because the zipper is already out there.
So anyway, just sew your side, no matter which way you like it. Easy peasy.
This step is optional.
I made two types of Zip packs: some were flat like envelopes and the others had a flat bottom so they could stand up and get more.
For pencil case, I usually put the bag flat like an envelope.
If this is the type of package you want, skip this step.
All my Halloween candy bags are flat envelopes.
If you want 3-
There is a bottom D package, how to do it below.
Fold the side seam to the bottom fold the line until the corner of the bag forms a triangle as shown.
Now sew a straight line at the point of the triangle. (
Perpendicular to the side seam)
The length of this seam will be the width of the bottom of the bag.
2 inch is a good width.
Do this on both sides, making the seam the same length.
Now trim the triangle and leave a small margin of seams.
If you sew it on the wrong side, you're done! Yay!
If you sew the right side of it together, then pull the bag all the way, gently turn it out on the right side, try not to wrinkle it in the process.
Then you're done.
: DDO and dont' SDOs will be high density polyethylene (recycle code 2)and LDPE (recycle code 4)bags (see photo)
High Density Polyethylene is a crumpled plastic grocery bag, low density polyethylene is a shiny elastic bag like a target bag, and also a transparent bag like a dry cleaner bag.
They will merge and merge with each other.
You may need to reduce the heat of low density polyethylene a little.
There are some tutorials that say you can't use low density polyethylene, but I have successfully fused it.
Use a wide variety of plastic, not just grocery bags.
Use bags of frozen vegetables and bags of dried pasta, bread wrapping paper, etc.
You can use the potato chips bag outside to get the silver metal color.
This is better for small appliances than a large piece because the foil-
Lining plastic does not shrink at the same speed as normal plastic, so if you try to blend a large area of foil lining plastic, you create bubbles and folds. .
I especially like bags of ore.
Frozen potato products.
They are very thick, so you only need two layers, and they have the brightest shine.
The plastic quality is really good! (see photo)
For thicker plastic, be sure to heat for longer periods of time.
You also don't need to use so many layers when you use thicker plastic.
Put a transparent plastic layer on any vivid color design you want to show outside the bag.
Although the red design on the target bag does not bleed, the red ink seems to melt and bleed in particular.
You can also turn the bags over if there is a tendency to bleed, but this is not a must for all bags.
Unless the ink is transferred from the bag, be sure to reuse the parchament paper over and over again.
Then you need a clean thing because it will transfer the ink back to your next melted thing.
Don't replace parchament paper with waxed paper!
The wax will melt and stink.
The waxed paper cannot take away the heat, nor is the frozen paper ideal, as it is cold rather than hot.
Roast meat paper is the best because it can withstand heat up to 420 degrees F.
Please use hard ironing surface such as wooden cutting board.
A hard and smooth surface helps you get a uniform adhesion.
Be sure to use strong pressure when ironing, but keep the iron moving.
This is not like an easy-to-melt interface, you have to keep the iron in a position of 10 or 15 seconds --
Plastic can burn if you do so.
Merge one or two new layers at a time.
Do not try to fuse all 8 layers at a time, otherwise incomplete adhesion will occur in the middle layer.
To check out some of my fusion plastic finished items, check out the slides on the instructures.