Creating the outer shell

I created this pattern by accident and found it really appealing and decided to add it to my design. Once, I was just trying to fuse some plastics together with the help from Galina. We were trying out different heat settings to see what is created by the heat onto the plastic. When the heat setting is turned on high and the plastic layers are relatively thin, this is the effect that appears.

I did the fusing of the black trash bag at home with many many black trash bags. The entire process took quite long and I learn a lot from doing plastic fusing. I had to try out different heat settings so that the heat is just right to fuse the plastic and not cause the lacey pattern as shown previous as this is the inner lining. The different number of layers of trash bags also matter as well as it would determine how hard and solid will the outer shell become. We need to place baking sheets to cover up the plastic while ironing as it should not be touching the direct surface of the iron as it would just melt and not fuse together. Lining the bottom is to prevent the plastic from fusing with he surface below it. On top of that, I found out that it is important to wait for the plastic to cool down before touching it and removing the baking sheets from it. If I remove the baking sheets before the plastic is formed, it will distort the shape of the plastic and allow it curl like how a shrimp curls when it is being cooked.

Using the black trash bag as the base, I fused the lace pattern onto it.

Initally, I was considering to add on these shells that I made. In the end, I decided to omit it from my design as the whiteness of the shells I made is too stark and steals the lime light from the pattern of the outer layer.

This is how the final outer piece looks like just in it organic lace pattern.

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