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.
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Step 1: Buy Some InstaMorph
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
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
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.