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8 thoughts on “Melted plastic soldier bowl”
You could maybe take a big dome shaped frying pan and melt them in that. These look fairly evenly melted, and not burned, so you’d probably have to heat the pan up completely in advance and then just pour them in. Since only the points of contact with the pan would melt it would probably be best to just pour a ton of them in, cut the heat immediately, let it cool a little then dump them out, removing the plastic figures which didn’t get melted [to the side]. I think this is a better idea to neatly laying them out one by one, as that would give you uneven melting. Considering the rate the pan looses heat would be a good idea too, as if it doesn’t loos heat quickly enough you’ll burn plastic and get a really thick bowl. Probably dumping warm water in shortly after dumping the plastic figures in would be a good idea.
Readymade magazine featured this a while back.
It is done in an oven, not a frying pan.
The artist said that only certain soldiers melt well, some brands don’t work.
Forget the oven idea – I guess the artist has placed these in a ceramic bowl and popped it in the microwave for short bursts, checking every so often as the soldiers will carry on melting in between microwaves. And I think it would look better with coloured peices – I’m going to try it with cowboys and indians – you can buy bags of them from Home Bargains and stores like that. Let me know if anyone tries it before I do whether it works or not ! If you can’t be bothered doing it yourself you can buy the bowls off me for Â£50 each …. only joking !
I don’t think it would be a good idea to melt plastics in your oven or microwave if you’re still using it to heat or cook food. I use an old oven to bake my sculpey/fimo clay figures. They would emit noxious fumes & be sure to work in a well ventilated area.
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