Hi everyone, hope you had a great weekend. I have a tag and a product review to share today and in the spirit of full disclosure I was sent a pot of the product to try out in return for my honest review.
The product is ThermoMorph polymorph moldable plastic granules which retails at £19.95 for a 500 gram pot here at Amazon More information on the company website here at Thermomorph.net:
There were good, clear instructions which were easy to follow. I didn't have a thermometer to hand and had to guess the correct temperature for the water so it would be helpful to have one handy at the start. After waiting two minutes for the granules to soften into the molten state, I removed the plastic from the water with tongs and then eased it into my moulds when it was cool enough to touch. I imagine that with time I will become more adept at working quickly with the plastic, I found that it cooled quite quickly but it can be reheated, it can be used over and over again in fact.
I found that my deeper more solid shaped moulds worked best, the flowers were my favourites and the plastic caught every detail perfectly. I found my flatter moulds were harder to manipulate with the plastic but I'm sure I'll improve with practice.
I did try moulding some of the plastic around a small bowl but found it dried before I was able to completely mould it and this is probably the disadvantage because of the quick drying time.
The quick drying time however is a huge advantage for making papercraft embellishments which look just like the expensive resin embellishments that are currently very popular. I usually use the moulds with air dry clay which needs 24 hours to dry so the plastic is a fantastic fast and easy alterative to clay. I'm sure the plastic could be coloured but I didn't have any products at hand to try that out so I painted mine with Decoart paints and gave my roses a couple of coats in a mix of colours to give a good coverage on the non-porous plastic.
I didn't come up with any other uses for the plastic as far as papercraft is concerned apart from perhaps using it with texture treads or metal moulds as I think the plastic would take the patterns very well.
All in all a great product for making your own papercraft embellishments which is what I'll be using it for.