I also discovered that my little handheld die cutter, which is very useful but a little disappointing in that it's not quite strong enough to even cut cardboard, will actually cut the aluminum from a tin can! It was awfully hard to get a decent picture of the garland (esp. since my photography skills are virtually nil) but it really was kind of beautiful if I do say so myself, the way it caught the light and would spin like crazy at the slightest breeze. Kind of a neat sun catcher or way to startle birds if you'd rather they not rest on your tomato plants, etc.
I didn't really make anything super interesting with the fused plastic, but I'm excited to play around with the concept a whole lot more. We also tried this process... infinite possibilities!