I began to experiment with heat and plastic using a dry iron. I used plastic sleeves, greaseproof paper and foil. My first attempt was with parsley and marjoram gathered from the garden.
My second attempt was using foil and plastic bread bags – the print from the bag was transferred to the foil.
I then bought some imitation copper foil leaf and wanted to experiment with colour changes. I tried applying balsamic vinegar, white vinegar and rice wine vinegar but found the results disappointing. The balsamic simply made the piece translucent.
I began experimenting by passing the foil over a candle flame and found the result more interesting than the vinegars – the flame example is the left hand piece in the photograph above.
Following that I placed the pieces in plastic sleeves and ironed them.
At that point it seemed that more was needed so I experimented with sewing on plastic (I had only sewn fabric in the past).
It seemed to work well with a small stitch so sewed a continuous line around the pieces. It still seemed to need more so I filled in the blanks with what look like contour lines (first assignment!). Now it seems to be acceptable. Would like to try more of this type of work