Rocket nose

This is part of the rocket ship project.

I’ve had a few goes at fusing plastic over the years, but this project called for a larger sheet than I’d attempted before. The piece was bigger than my table and took over an hour of ironing. I really liked being able to make a whole ‘fabric’ of any size I wanted using this fusing method.

I came to acquire a large sheet of orange plastic that I was keen to use for something, and this has now formed the main colour as the outer layer of the rocket nose.

I fused 6 layers – clear, orange, mixed light, mixed dark, mixed light, dark on the inside. The  inside layers are made up of a patchwork of all sorts of used waste plastics that were ripped or had holes. I managed to use up a pile of mailing envelopes that I didn’t know what else to do with. I found that doing light and then dark layers helped me see where I was going.

Although I had some some fusing some years ago but didn’t record it. Things I rediscovered this time round;

  • Place the ink on the insides as it can transfer onto the greaseproof paper
  • Medium setting of my iron is fine

I cut a semi circle out of the large sheet and sewed it into a cone using my sewing machine. There were just enough scraps left over to piece together the portholes. I sewed these to the tetra pak panels.

The result?

I like that there is some of the print from the plastic bags showing through the orange outer layer. It shows it’s recycled!

Keep calm and carrier bag on

The evil plastic carrier bag. But it is actually s great material to work with – especially if you can collect enough colours. I stopped using them for many years, and then due to the pandemic, we started getting our shopping delivered and now we have hundreds of boring white ones to find a use for.

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