Ok, so I went to poundland this morning and fought my way through lots of rude people who thought I worked there (just because I was wearing black..?) and have now made a bangle. That's right, one singular bangle. It's too hot for melting stuff (!)
I used the boiling method, and after a bit of trial and error found a good way. I hope it's ok to do a sort of mini tut here. Oooh, my first finished project and my first tut, how exciting! (I'm a project starter, you see...)
All you'll need is: Knitting needles, rubber gloves, tongs, a saucepan. Be prepared to use these items for crafting only after this project, because they'll pretty much be toxic and not fit for preparing food. Seriously.
1. Make sure your working area is well ventilated, if you have an extractor turn it on the highest setting. I wouldn't recommend trying this if you have children or pets (especially birds) in the house. Fill your pan about 1/2 - 3/4 full of water, and bring to a boil.
2. Put on your gloves (just to protect your skin from any steam or splashes), and pop a needle into the pan. The pan I used was a small one that I hardly ever use, and couldn't fit a whole needle in. What I did was, put the needle in as best you can, holding the other end with the tongs, very gently and very carefully
push down on the needle. As it softens it will just sort of slip down into the water, like spaghetti. You just want to apply a very slight amount of pressure, just to sort of guide the needle down, otherwise a) your needle will snap b) you'll jerk the pan and give yourself a nasty burn. Please don't do that!
3. If your water level has gone down quite a bit, very slowly pour some fresh water into the pan with a jug. Don't want to be burning any plastic!
4. The needle should be really pliable now, and I found the best way to avoid snapping is bending in the water. (Did I mention trial and error?
Push and roll against the side and bottom of the pan, making sure you're very gentle and that you are holding the handle of the pan to steady it. When you think you've got a good shape, take it out and have a look, but for the love of all things crafty do not try it on yet! If you're not quite happy with the shape, pop it back in the water for a few seconds and just push and roll again.
5. When you're satisfied, run the bangle under a cold tap for a minute or so, and it should have cooled completely. Voila! However if you try it on now and you're not happy, you can just heat it up again. But don't forget to cool it before trying on again!
I know I sound like a broken record here, but I just want to point out that you're dealing with boiling water and very hot plastic, so please be careful. Although I didn't find there was any smell, just be aware of how you're feeling. Starting to get a slight headache, feel a bit sick or dizzy? Turn off the stove, take the pan off the heat and sit in the fresh air. Also, if you're a minor, do NOT
do this without an adult to help you. Really, truly, seriously. Just don't.
Happy crafting, and sorry that turned out to be so long!