Baz I have only picked it up here on the forum and use a soldering iron, and find a heavy tip better than a fine one
Where you have a join to weld just zig zag acros the seam to melt both side together, and then work along the line to the end, then let it cool.
If possible weld the reverse side as well
Anything plastic is good to learn on, wheelie bin, buckets, ice cream containers etc.
I told a mate and his first weld was the thin plastic on a whipper snipper fuel tank that constantly leaked and was cured in one weld.
When I welded some screw holes on my yellow espri I found that the colour could be scorched if the iron was left to long on one spot