Introduction: Cute Plastic Chopstick Holders

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I recently bought some of this moldable plastic compound, called InstaMorph, and was looking for things to make with it. I thought it would be fun to try and make some small figurines that I could use as chopstick holders in my house. The plastic works great since I can wash them in cold water it and then melt it back down if I want to make different ones later.

Step 1: Buy Some InstaMorph

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First get your hands on some InstaMorph. You can buy it off their website (http://www.instamorph.com) or on Amazon.com. This stuff melts at a relatively low temperature and turns into something with the consistency of silly putty and you can mold and attach it to itself. The instructions are on their website.

Step 2: Building the Figurines

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I built up each figurine piece by piece. First conceptualize what you want to make; it’s a lot easier if you know what you’re building first. For this Instructable, I made a bear and a crab. Both of them are a series of small balls and cylinders. To make each part, I took a small amount of InstaMorph and put it in hot water until it’s soft.

Then I rolled it into a ball and attached it to where I thought it should go.

For the last step, I built the hands or claws that would eventually hold the chopsticks in place. After complete, I put the whole figurine in ice water in order to speed up the cooling process.

Step 3: The Finished Holders

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These are the finished peices. Each one took about 5 minutes after a little practice. The next ones I do will probably be some fish for sushi night. I just couldn’t think about how to arrange them to “hold” the chopsticks. If you come up with anything good, let me know.

Comments

nickodemus (author)2010-06-26

Nice work! And a suggestion for the fish, make a koi in the shape of a "U", and rest the chopsticks on its back.

Nice!

ChrysN (author)2010-06-28

Cute, can InstaMorph be painted?

HobbitComedian (author)ChrysN2010-06-28

Ya, I believe it can. Thinking of painting yours? I left mine unpainted as they're easier to wash up if they got messy as I would be afraid the paint might chip under cleaning. That and just in case I wanted to melt them down at some point and make something new. :)

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