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Puppet Construction => Puppet Building => Topic started by: Anton's Angels on August 08, 2014, 02:59:06 am



Title: An experiment in recycling styrofoam
Post by: Anton's Angels on August 08, 2014, 02:59:06 am
So I thought I would try an experiment in recycling the plastic from Styrofoam packing to make puppet eyes.
1. Reduced the foam down using acetone. (done outside)
(http://puppetsandstuff.com/2008gallery/?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=32654) (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=32654)
2. Til just the plastic left
(http://puppetsandstuff.com/2008gallery/?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=32657) (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=32657)
3. Left til it became a putty-like consistency
(http://puppetsandstuff.com/2008gallery/?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=32660) (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=32660)
4. Pressed the putty into desert spoons and a large ladle to make eye shapes. Used baby powder to stop any sticking
(http://puppetsandstuff.com/2008gallery/?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=32663) (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=32663)
5. Leave to dry


Title: Re: An experiment in recycling styrofoam
Post by: ArthurS on August 08, 2014, 05:27:35 am
Hope to see the result.  I can see many applications for this.  Thanks!


Title: Re: An experiment in recycling styrofoam
Post by: Shawn Sorrell on August 08, 2014, 06:58:37 am
I agree... can't wait to see your results! :)  How bad where the fumes when you where reducing down the plastic?  I assume that is why you where doing it outside.


Title: Re: An experiment in recycling styrofoam
Post by: Angel in Tx on August 08, 2014, 10:38:09 am
This is fascinating. I hope it's not dangerous. Can't wait to see the finished product.


Title: Re: An experiment in recycling styrofoam
Post by: Shawn Sorrell on August 08, 2014, 03:57:58 pm
I hope it's not dangerous.
I think maybe the big thing to be aware of would be the fumes. Normally with chemical reactions the fumes that are released are toxic. This would be considered a chemical reaction. :)  Same thing can happen when you use a hot knife on poly or styro foam.