Well not exactly milk jugs…
The goal of this upcycle project is to create vibrant art pieces that you would want to hang on your wall, all for the low price of some milk jugs or buckets. What I will be melting down is HDPE plastic, or High Density Polyethylene. You can find this plastic in every day milk jugs. You recycle them anyways so why not make some art?
Unfortunately it can be difficult to get the the really bright and clean colors from milk jugs, so what I will be using are colored five gallon buckets.
The pattern created from melting down this plastic is very reminiscent of marble art as shown above. You know? When you made a mess in your kindergarten art class by putting marbles in a box with some paint and shook it around. That’s the kind of pattern this will make. The swirling colors make for a really neat aesthetic, but I want to explore this aesthetic even further. I’m going to select my colors to be really bright red and white to make a nice peppermint candy effect similar to the one in the featured image.
The first step in making this wall ornament will be to cut up some plastic. Then melt it down in the oven. I will be using a brownie tray as it gives me the depth that I would want to create the thickness of my part.
After the plastic is melted down it will have to be clamped with some plywood and let sit overnight. The plywood is to prevent the plastic from warping while it is curing. Afterwards a simple sanding and polishing will give it a nice shine and bring out the colors.
From this point the block can be left as an art piece, or can go on to become other things! This material makes for great blanks for machining or crafting. It can be made into anything from a bowl to a slingshot.
I currently have my material, still need to cut it up and melt it down. Once its finished I’m sure it will be a great piece to brighten up the room!