Step 1: Tools and Materials
- Thermoplastic pellets; I'm using Instamorph.
- A charging/data cable,
- A heat gun,
- A frying pan with Teflon coating,
- A flat surface as a sculpting tool. I'm using a piece of clear acrylic for demonstration.
Optionally, you can decorate the finished piece with
- A can of Plasti-Dip spray
- A Sharpie pen
Step 2: Prepare the plastic
1. Place thermoplastic pebbles in a non-stick pan,
2. Use heat gun to heat the pebbles until they become clear. Caution: The resulting plastic may be very hot!
3. Make sure the plastic is cool enough to handle, but not yet stiff,
4. Knead the melted plastic to reach a smooth consistency
- Instamorph can be reheated and reused again and again. So, if you don't like the result, just heat it up and re-sculpt it.
- Instamorph softens at 140F, the temperature of a medium well done steak. If you don't have a heat gun, you can use hot water to soften the plastic. Make sure the water is eliminated before putting it on your electronics to avoid damage.
- Optionally, if you want to color the thermoplastic, this is where you mix in the dye. You can use polyester dye or alcohol based stamping ink.