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Pungent Plastic Mayhem

Recycling Ideas Please

If this blog post makes little sense in places, it is because my kitchen is filled with a pungent soup of melted plastic and I am high on toxic fumes.

I was attempting to create suncatchers, by melting plastic beads in muffin trays. Like many areas of my life the project did not work out as planned. The images I had seen resembled perfect stained glass windows, that could be strung with ribbon and made into tags, keyrings or mobiles. As you can see from the photographs above, my attempt is more like a mass of miniature psychedelic spaghetti hoops. It appears the disused fusion beads I was recycling, are not fit for this purpose.

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

Tony Robbins

I don’t want to expand my plastic footprint, and desperately need ideas to avoid throwing these little discs of plastic away. I considered hanging them on the Christmas tree. Or perhaps poking a large nail through the middle, and using them to store post it notes. Keyrings maybe, but not likely. They are to small to be made into coasters, but perhaps tealight holders.

Comments welcome


A professional and creative writing graduate and proofreader. Hobbies include: reading, writing, walking, cycling, theatre, cooking, baking, arts, crafts and culture. An avid volunteer within the arts sector and supporter of improving mental health. Favourite quote: creativity is contagious passion. (Einstein)

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