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Chihuly-Inspired Transparent Sculpture - Project #53

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Use Grafix Dura-Lar Clear Overlay Film and a heat tool to create sculptures inspired by Dale Chihuly! To see step-by-step instructions, click "Steps" in the blue bar below, or click "View Project PDF" in the gray box. This project also has an instructional video available!
Time: 1 Class Period
Difficulty: Easy
Cleanup: None

General Materials:
White Paper
Scissors
Heat-Resistant Gloves (optional)

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Step 1

Step 1

Place a piece of medium-weight (0.005) Grafix Dura-Lar film on top of a piece of white paper; this will help you to see better. Draw designs on the film with Sharpie Markers. Tip: Try to use light colors in your designs, as they will darken when exposed to heat.
Step 2

Step 2

Cut out the design from the film.
Step 3

Step 3

Using the heat gun, "melt" the film until it shrinks, be careful not to burn or melt holes in the film.  The colors will intensify and the film will stiffen as it shrinks into fun shapes. Use heat-resistant gloves to protect hands, if desired.
Step 4

Step 4

Punch hole and string for hanging.
Chihuly-Inspired Transparent Sculpture Project Kit
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Bostitch Hand Punch
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Darice Crafter's Toolbox 100% Polyester String
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Grafix Dura-Lar Clear Overlay Film  (20")
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Marvy Embossing Heat Tool
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Sharpie Permanent Markers  (Fine point)
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