, I featured some tips from my friend Bob Knetzger on working with styrene plastic. Here’s another that that he shared:
Don’t forget about the thermoplastic properties of styrene. I made this fun Bug Boys PEZ for my daughter, Laura, on her birthday. I took an old Garfield PEZ dispenser, cut the ears off, then reshaped the round head a little on a disk sander. Because the PEZ dispensers are made of styrene, I could make up the added horn parts out of laminated sheets of styrene and just solvent-bond them onto the PEZ head (much stronger and durable than super glue). Before I bonded them, I scraped the needed radii as described above, then used a heat gun to soften the main horn so that I could bend it into the final curved shape. Came out great!
Bob’s daughter is a talented cartoonist who has an adorable comic series called Bug Boys
. Here’s a review
I did of her Bug Boys
book a few years ago.