How to make plastic toys

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How to make plastic toys
A mould can be used to make your own plastic toys. (plastic cat toy portrait image by gmlynek from Fotolia.com)

Many toys are made of plastic and are mass produced in large assembly lines. While this may seem like something that can only be accomplished at the grand scale of a major corporation, creating plastic toys is a surprisingly simple concept. Whether using a mould that is purchased to make a specific toy, or a mould made from a handmade clay version of the toy, mixing your plastic and moulding your toy can be done in just 15 minutes.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Mold
  • Baby powder
  • Rubber gloves
  • Respirator
  • Mould Life Easy Flo 60
  • Plastic cups
  • Stir stick
  • Razor blade
  • Sandpaper

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Select the mould for the type of toy you wish to make. You can use a pre-made commercial mould, or make your own mould by applying silicone around a clay model of the toy.

  2. 2

    Apply baby powder to the entire surface of both halves of the mould, rubbing the powder in with your fingers to ensure full coverage, and tapping each side to shake free excess powder.

  3. 3

    Place the two halves of the mould together and secure. With commercial moulds, the moulds may include nuts to fasten them; with a home made silicone mould, rubber bands work fine.

  4. 4

    Pour an equal mixture of the two ingredients in the Easy Flo 60 kit into a plastic cup. Be sure to wear gloves and a respirator and work in a ventilated space when working with the kit ingredients.

  5. 5

    Stir the ingredients thoroughly with a stir stick for 20 seconds, tapping the cup on a flat surface after completion to dislodge any air bubbles.

  6. 6

    Pour a small amount of the mixture into the hole in the mould, then swirl the mould around to get full coverage inside the mould.

  7. 7

    Pour the remainder of the mixture until the mould is full, then tap the mould several times to free up air bubbles.

  8. 8

    Leave the mould to sit for 10 minutes, then carefully pull the two sides apart.

  9. 9

    Clean up the plastic toy, using a razor to remove any excess plastic, and fine sandpaper to smooth the surface.

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