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Worbla's Crystal Art Plastic Pellets 14oz (400g) (801331)
Worbla's Crystal Art is the newest product to the Worbla lineup, offering a moldable, sculptable translucent thermo plastic that can be used for gems, water effects, light diffusing and so much more! Worbla's Crystal Art is similar to Worbla's Deco Art: it comes in pellet form. You heat these pellets with a heat gun or other heat source to 110C (230F) and once activated, you can blend the pellets into a translucent workable material. Unlike Deco Art, Crystal Art remains translucent once cool, and thinner pieces are flexible Important! Unlike Deco Art, Crystal Art has a much higher activation temperature and thermal conductivity. In short: it's hot! We suggest working with heat resistant gloves with latex or nitrile gloves overtop, and keeping your gloves and tools wet so that Crystal Art doesn't stick to things or you. Crystal Art also has a memory like rubber, which means if it is stretched out and cooled, when re-heated it will want to "rebound" to a more compressed shape. Keep this in mind when sculpting! Size: 14oz (400g)
WORKING WITH WORBLA'S CRYSTAL ART
- Deco Art
- Parchment paper or a silicone cooking mat
- Container to heat your Deco Art in water
- Heat source
- Molds (optional)
- Sculpting tools (optional)
- Heat resistant gloves, with nitrile or latex gloves overtop (Optional)
CRYSTAL ART MAY BE HEATED AS FOLLOWS:
In a pot of boiling water
Do not use a pot you will use for food again. Heat water to boiling and using a metal strainer add Crystal Art pellets until they turn glossy.
In the microwave
In a silicone cupcake mold, add pellets with enough water to cover them. Microwave in short bursts of 10-20 seconds to start, and 10 seconds each time after, until pellets are malleable. Drain water.
With a heat gun
In a silicone cupcake mold or ceramic bowl that will not be used again, add pellets. Holding the heat gun 10-12 inches away, use a medium or low setting to begin to heat the pellets. When they start to become malleable and form a clump, a higher setting can be used.
Note: Pellets activate at 110C (230F). Do not overheat. If pellets turn brown, remove heat source immediately. Do not leave in microwave unattended. It is best to work with smaller batches than one large amount.
Once heated, transfer your Crystal Art to a silicone mat or parchment paper surface. Knead lightly. Then work the Crystal Art into molds, shape by hand, or sculpt with tools.
Note: Crystal Art is HOT and STICKY. Always work with gloves to insulate your hands. Cover work gloves with nitrile or latex gloves and keep those gloves and all tools WET while working to prevent sticking. If Crystal Art sticks to a surface, allow it to cool completely before attempting to remove. Do not work on bare laminated surfaces, fabric, varnished wood or areas susceptible to damage.
Crystal Art sets as a translucent, flexible plastic.
Crystal Art pieces can be reheated endlessly, cut with scissors, painted, glued, and scraps can be reused.