How to Bend & Stretch PVC Birds

by Alice Godfrey

The shape of a toy bird made of PVC is rigid and unyielding. To reshape the toy bird, soften the PVC material with heat. Use tools that most homes have on hand, but which can be acquired from a hardware store if necessary. Protective clothing, eye wear, hand wear and face wear must be used as safety precautions.

Items you will need

  • Long-sleeve shirt
  • Protective eye goggles
  • Work gloves
  • Respirator mask
  • Heat-resistant laminate
  • Heat gun
  • C-clamp
  • Pliers
Step 1

Put on a long-sleeve shirt. Put on the protective eye goggles, work gloves and respirator mask.

Step 2

Place a piece of heat-resistant laminate sheeting on a table. Place the toy PVC bird on the laminate. Plug the heat gun's power cord into an outlet for power.

Step 3

Rotate the rod of the C-clamp counterclockwise. Place the bottom lip of the C-clamp against an edge of the laminate. Place an edge of the toy PVC bird beneath the top lip of the C-clamp. Rotate the rod clockwise. Stop rotating the rod when resistance is felt on both lips.

Step 4

Aim the nozzle at the front of the heat gun away from you. Press in on the trigger. Let a minute pass.

Step 5

Play the heat from the nozzle against an edge of the toy PVC bird from about 2 inches away. Continue to move the nozzle in a slow circular pattern as you move it back and forth against the bird's edge. Release the trigger and place the heat gun aside after 10 minutes have passed.

Step 6

Grip the edge of the bird that has been heated with pliers. Stretch the edge out to reform the shape of the bird. Bend the edge. Release the edge. Let the bird cool off for 20 minutes.

Step 7

Repeat the procedure with the heat gun on any other part of the bird that you want to bend and stretch. Unplug the heat gun when done. Let the bird cool off for an hour.

Step 8

Remove the protection that you had put on. Rotate the C-clamp's rod counterclockwise. Remove the C-clamp from the bird and from the laminate.

Tips & Warnings

  • The heating of the PVC toy bird must be done in a well-ventilated area, outdoors if possible, to avoid fume inhalation.
  • Keep children and pets away from where you are working on the PVC toy bird.

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About the Author

Alice Godfrey is a marketing analyst with more than 15 years of experience in her field. She holds a Ph.D. in social and personality psychology. Past positions include market research analyst at various advertising agencies and corporations. Her articles on a wide variety of issues relating to entertainment have appeared in numerous trade publications.