Exploring the Sculptural Possibilities of Plastic Milk Bottles

By Andrea Butler

The plastic milk bottle is a flexible, versatile material that can be manipulated to create textured/decorative surfaces and shaped to make 3D forms.  Textile and manipulation techniques such as coiling, fringing, knotting and sewing can be applied to create a variety of forms and textures.  Many of the techniques were used to make the objects in this resource: One Material: Sea Sculptures from Plastic Bottles.

The processes shown below can also be applied to explore the decorative and construction potential of other materials. 


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