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We 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

DIY casting silicone from caulk, pourable version


#8

Interesting sawdust + plastic bags materials hack


#7

Intern’s Corner: The Make: Labs plastic bender


#6

Plastic you can mold in your home for DIY projects


#5

Liquid ABS plastic


#4

Plastic plywood substitute


#3

Recycling plastic bags into plastic blocks?


#2

Homemade plastic extrusion system


#1

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 write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.


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  1. Scott Rocca says:

    If you are interested in Number 9, here is a link to the album with pictures explaining each step I used in making a mould of a drill bit.

    http://s1135.photobucket.com/albums/m640/SARocca/Silicone%20Caulk%20Moulding/

  2. Scott Rocca says:

    If you are interested in Number 9, here is a link to the album with pictures explaining each step I used in making a mould of a drill bit.

    http://s1135.photobucket.com/albums/m640/SARocca/Silicone%20Caulk%20Moulding/

  3. Jason Hildner says:

    This showed up today…

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