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I can be pure and good but I'll make fools look thick,

I can be bird and fish, but I'll swim like a brick,

I can be heart and star but I'd rather be bar,

I can be plastic and leaf but I can come from a jar.

What am I?

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You are:

Gold

I can be pure and good but I'll make fools look thick,

Good as gold, fool's gold

I can be bird and fish, but I'll swim like a brick,

Goldfinch, goldfish, gold brick (or just referring to the fact that gold will sink)

I can be heart and star but I'd rather be bar,

Heart of gold, gold star, gold bars

I can be plastic and leaf but I can come from a jar.

Had to Google - apparently "gold plastic syndrome" is a thing OP was referring to gold (credit) cards. Gold leaf, gold is often sold in tiny jars as souvenirs

What am I?

Gold!

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  • $\begingroup$ Dammit, typing it up as you posted! The plastic thing was also the best I could find for that clue $\endgroup$ – NeedAName Jun 13 '16 at 15:51
  • $\begingroup$ Well done! +1 :) $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Jun 13 '16 at 15:51

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