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Bending a credit card into a phone stand using a lighter

video 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.

Be safe around fire and don't set fire to yourself, your things, or other people!
The legs on mine were a little too flexible so I used a second card as a base and wrapped the ends up to match the legs and glued them together. That solved that problem and it is working just fine. Thanks for the "how to video".
meseta (author)  spacecaptainsuperguy3 years ago
nice, I wish they would release jumbo credit cards so that we can have a bit more material to play with...
bradahrens4 years ago
Great!! Check out my slight mod for doing timelapse photography with my phone!! http://www.flickr.com/photos/bradahrens/5142787521/
meseta (author)  bradahrens4 years ago
Hey, that's awesome.

This is what I had in mind: using my phone as a second display for my computer. Obviously, the G1 doesn't have a good enough resolution to be of any real practical use - you can fit in maybe an IM window, or status display or something... It's time I upgraded the G1 anyway, something with a better resolution.
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godsdead meseta3 years ago
i have been looking for ages to do this with my android, please can you tell me what apps/process you used to accomplish this?
=D
meseta (author)  godsdead3 years ago
See here: http://blog.meseta.co.uk/2010/11/use-laptopsmartphone-as-second-display.html