Tech Studies – Plastics
Unlike our last workshop day working with plastics, today we mainly worked with Biological Plastics. But before that we worked with reusing synthetic plastic, which was to cut down and heat up using the Clarks oven fitted at Goldsmiths Workshop. Cutting/shredding the plastic such as HIPs down to fine bits allowed the material to re-join together after being heated. To allow this to happen we had to sandwich the plastic in-between two aluminium plates that spread the heat out equally before pressing together with a workshop Press. This was definitely a process I will be considering with modelling in the future, it’s a quick and simple way of creating, and personally that is very important as a designer due to when the body moves the mind moves.
As I mentioned today we mainly went over Biological plastics, which are natural. The polymer is created by breaking down the natural protein, e.g. From milk plastic can be made by boiling milk and mixing with vinegar. The vinegar separates the Casein (protein) by curdling into a scrambled egg substance. When the moisture dries up the polymer toughens up creating the biological material.