I found two etsy artists that are doing amazing work with fused plastic from recycled plastic grocery bags. … true trash to treasure!
First is San Diego artist, Emily Grace from Emily Grace and the Yellow Suitcase. Her designs are made from heat fused plastic which is then hand-stitched to wire and then combined with sterling silver chain and occasionally some vintage beads. The pieces are soft and pliable and can be left lying flat or gently sculpted into a more three dimensional shape for special occasions or the perfect neckline.
Necklaces are available for $90.00 at Emily Grace Suitcase’s Etsy Shop
The second artist working in fused plastic from recycled plastic bags is Cynthia Del Giudice located in the Argentine Pampas outside Buenos Aires, Argentina. Cynthia combines delicate flowers made from recycled plastic grocery bags with cultured freshwater pearls and sterling silver chain. So dainty and beautiful …and what a lovely conversation piece to raise awareness of plastic pollution.
$200.00 at Cynthia Del Giudice’s Etsy Shop
Here’s a few good tutorials for fusing plastic. Don’t forget to work in a well-ventilated area….the fumes can be toxic!