|MLA Citation:||Bloomfield, Louis A. "Question 1162"|
How Everything Works 20 Mar 2018. 20 Mar 2018 <http://howeverythingworks.org/print1.php?QNum=1162>.
If you don't want to do the polymerization yourself, you can start with a finished plastic and melt it. Most plastics that haven't been vulcanized into one giant molecule (as is done in rubber tires) will melt at high enough temperatures (although some burn or decompose before they melt). These molten plastics can be stretched, squeezed, or poured into molds to make just about any shape you like.