Bioplastics – foamy – conductive – and more..

Anastasia Pistofidou gave an introduction into biomaterials. She showed previous examples with kombucha, fruitleather, gelatine and agar agar based bioplastics. The easiest material to begin with is gelatine – also the smelliest. The bioplastics adhere well to wood, a wooden frame keeps them stretched out so the basic material can become thinner but not loose its size. The surface underneath is also best plastic, to be able to peel it of.

The bioplastics are made with a particular ratio of gelatine versus glycerine/glycerol. The more glycerol, the more elastic the plastic is. Without glycerol the bioplastics become hard.

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What was cooked up:

Some experiments went all frothy – whipped bioplastics

Others were mixed with Bare Conductive

or very fine graphite powder

some have conductive threads in them

others are neoprene plastic tests

Flower patterned table cloth, courtesy of Paillard