My favorite material at the moment is ABS plastic obtained from drain pipe. This material is easy to work, shape, and engrave, and it delivers a clean, strong, and unique looking final product.
This is a great project to introduce someone to working with ABS.
Let's build one!
Step 1: Materials
- Five or so inches of 1/4 inch dowel. You could also repurpose a chopstick or use a stick from the forest.
- ABS plastic- I obtain mine from an old piece of pipe, which is very cheap and easy, but you can get it in sheets of varying thickness online.
- Acrylic paints- these show up pretty well on ABS plastic, and last forever when put in engraved grooves
- anything else you want to attach to make it unique- buttons, jewels, wire, whatever.