Saturday, April 6, 2013

Zipper play

 Before we begin with this recycled project,

I just have to point out this is my final alma mater.  I'm so proud of Wichita State.    If you live in a country other than the US (and I know many of my readers do), Wichita State is one of four basketball teams in the Final Four.  They play Louisville today, and our mayor has designated this Shocker day.  I always thought the Wheat Shock was a wimpy mascot, but it's apparently a fighter.  Go shocks!

Now lets do a bit of recycling before the big game.

My friend Kathy gives me all kinds of weird things she thinks I'll have a use for.  She thought I might use these plastic bags that originally held her new curtains and drapes, to store things in my craft room.  But I had other ideas.  I wanted to use the zippers, so today I'm getting ready to use my thread ripper to remove the zippers from the plastic.  Sadly, I have no use for this plastic, so I fear it will surely end up in the recycle bin unless I come up with a smart way to recycle it in my art.

Once the zippers were removed, I got out my Staz-on reinkers and 91% alcohol. 

I used three colors of green and two colors of pink/red to dye these zippers.  I simply rubbed the black piece over my black Staz-on ink pad.

Once I was convinced the dye had saturated the zippers, I laid them out on a paper towel to dry.

When they were dry, I proceeded to make flowers.  But this is a lesson in glue I must pass on.  The savvy reader will probably use a thread and needle, but I don't hand sew, so I first tried E-6000.  It took an entire day and night for it to dry with the help of a clothes pin.  Then I thought I would try my regular white glue, but that took equally long and the clothes pin crushed the rose in the process.

I was just about ready to grab my tacky glue when I saw my double sided tape.  This stuff was a god-send.  Not only did the rose look so much more realistic, it also didn't require any drying time.

I prepared a background from the white paper my friend Kathy gives me, which she considers trash.

(In the garden of Zip and Pierre)
After adding several buttons I colored using a yellow bingo dabber, this abstract mixed media piece is finished.

Today is Day 6.  I recycled seven zippers, four buttons, and a piece of unwanted card stock.  I even made some real art, too.  I would call that a good recycle day!!

Now let's watch the basketball game.

7 thoughtful remarks:

Marilyn Rock said...

Very clever use of these zippers! xxoo

Halle said...

Super fun reuse! Again...never would have thought of that one.

Corrine at said...

Inventive recycling as always,,,love your zipper flowers. xox

voodoo vixen said...

I use those zippered bags for keeping my felts and materials organised! Never thought to rip out the zippers and have a play with them, but yours look so fun, brilliant idea!

Healing Woman said...

Your recycled flowers are great and Hallie's fridge is way over the top and wonderful!

~*~Patty S said...

Great use of zippers ... wonderful colors too!

Mr Magpie was saying what a fun team the Shockers are to watch play ball...


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