Understanding Polymer and Its Wonders

A roll of plastic stretch filmEver wondered how those little, but intricately detailed key chains and charms are made? What is more fascinating is it comes in different shapes, colors, and sizes. They are realistically made that it makes it difficult to believe some of them were made using a person’s bare hands. However, it all lies in creativity after all — creativity and polymer clay.

Field Rubber Ltd explains that polymer products go beyond fancy key chains and charms. In fact, many people use them almost every day (and they are not aware of it). Know more about the wonders of polymer as a versatile material:

What is polymer?

A polymer, also sometimes called as macromolecule, is a huge molecule. It’s made up of small monomers that merge and react together to make a huge polymer. Therefore, the quality of polymer differs and depends on which type of molecules are connected. Some polymers are rubbery, while others are sticky or hard.

A polymer is easy to make. In fact, you can make one at home with a mixture of glue, cornstarch, and mineral oil. A malleable texture would come out. Baking it at a certain temperature can harden it and make it permanent.

How is it used in everyday life?

Aside from charms and key chains, polymers are used by people on a daily basis. Plastic is a common example of a polymer. That empty water bottle you tossed in the bin is one of them. So is the rubber band on your wrist, and the Styrofoam cup you used this morning. In short, polymers are everywhere and they are used for almost anything because of its versatile characteristics.

Truly, something small can have a big impact if they work together. Thanks to these monomers, polymers are formed and is changing people’s lives for the better.