Tuesday, July 6, 2010

missing gene...


I cannot successfully fuse plastic.

I've tried and tried and tried.

Perhaps I am missing that all important "plastic fusing gene"... it's just not part of my brain's chemistry

I seem to end up with holes like these:



and part which don't fuse like this:



Can anyone help me with where I am going wrong???

I'm using plastic bags which are sandwiched between two pieces of baking paper

Then ironing over the top of them, no steam.

I've tried every possible setting on my iron, but none of them yield good results.

Help me if you can!


Teresa said...

Sorry I can't help here but I'll be interested to find out too as I've often thought about having a go at this.

Just a suggestion but could it be something to do with the type of plastic. Are you mixing them together?
Teresa x

Kyliie said...

I have no idea! I have fused it successfully doing it the same way you are.....weird.

Liisa said...

The parts with holes are ironed too much. I recognize that from my own attempts.

Are you using 4 layers of plastic bag? Not enough layers or too many can be a problem.

When you say "baking paper," you mean the non-waxed stuff, right? Try maybe using waxed paper... ???

Good luck!!!

Kristy said...

I don't know what to tell you. I use parchment paper, which might be baking paper. I prefer to fuse 2 layers at a time, slowly. Then I fuse 2 sets of fused 2 layer bags together to make 4 layers thick. The holes mean that your iron is to hot. I used a wool setting on mine. The holes are interesting though. You could totally rock the holes.

Eva said...

Hi! I've just found your blog through a Ravelry link (the easy peasy crochet bag i think) :) Nice tuts! Thanx for sharing :D I've been wanting to try fusing plastic for a while but haven't yet so I have no tips on it but I have found some useful videos on YouTube. This one is from Etsy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNziDXtm1SA. And this one is from ThreadBanger: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oddEWnj7X0. It's on fusing plastic bags to make a laptop case. I'm sure you're doing it right... but this is the only way I could try to help heh. Hope the videos are useful. :)