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mz sept plastics 150x150 Top 10: Stupid Plastic TricksWe have hundreds of posts in the archives with the keyword “plastic” in the title, but many of them are about particular objects made from plastic, rather than general methods for working with plastics. So I went through and cherry-picked ten of what I considered to be the more inventive and unusual methods-based “plastics” posts. The photos aren’t sexy, but if you’re interested in weird things you can do with plastic, at home, this is the post for you. And most of these methods will probably turn out to be not so “stupid,” after all.

#10

Making an OLED — Light from plastics


#9

oogoo01 Top 10: Stupid Plastic Tricks

DIY casting silicone from caulk, pourable version


#8

50sawdust03 Top 10: Stupid Plastic Tricks

Interesting sawdust + plastic bags materials hack


#7

img 0782 600pix Top 10: Stupid Plastic Tricks

Intern’s Corner: The Make: Labs plastic bender


#6

img 0125 Top 10: Stupid Plastic Tricks

Plastic you can mold in your home for DIY projects


#5

09200003 Top 10: Stupid Plastic Tricks

Liquid ABS plastic


#4

ecosheet with pen for scale Top 10: Stupid Plastic Tricks

Plastic plywood substitute


#3

diy plastic recycling Top 10: Stupid Plastic Tricks

Recycling plastic bags into plastic blocks?


#2

Homemade plastic extrusion system


#1

retr0bright one hour Top 10: Stupid Plastic Tricks

Un-Yellow Old Plastics – Retr0brite!

Did I miss a good one? Let me know, below!

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


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