Thomas P.

asked • 12/11/18

Polystyrene pseudo plastic?

I’m asking this question for an artistic project I’m working on. After polystyrene has dissolved in acetone, how firm and heavy is the resulting pseudo plastic after it hardens?

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J.R. S. answered • 12/11/18

Ph.D. in Biochemistry--University Professor--Chemistry Tutor

Thomas P.

I’m trying to make a box that looks like a clay pot with a handle for housing and transporting trading cards. This container will be placed in a book bag with other items. I’m trying to use recycled materials. The final form should be lightweight and durable enough to withstand a 4 foot fall.
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12/11/18

Thomas P.

Also, does this reaction produce any harmful fumes?
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J.R. S.

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Since it is intended to fit in a book bag and hold only trading cards, I'm assuming it won't be very large. Given that, it will be very lightweight, and no doubt durable enough to withstand a 4 ft. fall. The actual reaction does not produce any harmful fumes, but may very well ruin whatever pot, pan, or other container you use to dissolve the polystyrene. It gets pretty messy and gooey.
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12/11/18

Thomas P.

Tha k you for all your help @J.R. S. I appreciate your input and will happily get along with my upcycling project.
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12/13/18

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