Introduction: Bending a Credit Card Into a Phone Stand Using a Lighter
So you have a whole bunch of unused store cards, old credit cards, or other plastic, and you want to turn them into something useful. Simply by heating them up with a lighter, you can quickly turn them into useful objects like a stand for your mobile phone or ipod, or artistic sculptures!
The trick is to heat up the plastic so it softens without burning. I used a "weather-proof" lighter which gives a hotter and cleaner flame. Note that I am heating the plastic with the jet of hot gasses from the flame rather than in the flame itself. If you are using a conventional lighter, then you'll want to hold the plastic above the lighter, and use the heat from the rising hot gasses (and I repeat: not the flame). As long as you don't burn the plastic, there won't be any burning plastic smell.
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