I decided I wanted to add Chihuly to our Art Unit this year and chose to try making something inspired by this ceiling in Las Vegas:
I then put the cup in a toaster oven set to 350. The artist came and stood next to me and told me when he or she thought I should take the cup out of the oven (it was less than a minute). I then removed the cup with my bare hand.
It was interesting to see how differently each of the cups shrunk and melted. We used several different types of cups that I found around my house and school. Originally, we used clear "soft" plastic glasses. Some turned a little milky and some stayed clear. The Chinet "cut crystal" ones rolled up. When I still need more cups, I found a few blue and pink plastic cups (still transparent) and let the kids decorate those. Because they were too tall for the toaster oven I cut them down which worked well. I'm so glad that we ended up using different types of cups because it added a lot of interest to our final project. I think that all of the cups had the recycle number 6 on the bottom.
I wanted our Chiluly inspired work to be lit up like the ones I saw in Seattle. Since one of my light covers was broken, I decided to tape it back together and then hot glue our art directly to the light cover. It took a lot of cups to cover the entire area but the result is really cool!
Of course my iPhone doesn't begin to do justice to how cool this project looks.
It makes me want to cover all of my fluorescent lights. Now that would be spectacular!