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.
Step 2: XX--DANGER--XX
FOR YOUR SAFETY-
only heat plastic out doors in a very well ventilated area, or underneath a functioning fume hood. I don't know what's in the fumes, but I'd be willing to bet that it is terrible for your health.
Also, be safe around heat sources, especially flame. Watch long hair or baggy clothing, and try not to touch hot things with unprotected skin, burns suck!
This plastic should be heated evenly and should never be heated until it starts to smoke: it can and will catch on fire!