Costume Musings

More tests with Worbla

As many people have never worked with thermoplastics, it can be a bit intimidating to figure out how you could use these products.  So here we have some examples to show the basics of using Worbla.

In this post we are not working on any particular craft piece, we’re just showing how the material responds in basic situations.
Here’s another demo of basic functions you can do with Worbla. Today we’re making a mask with some cutout details and edging.

Forming

First, we set the styrofoam wig head in a box for stability so it wouldn’t roll around while we worked.
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Then we applied a piece of aluminum foil to the wig head, to keep the Worbla from sticking to the foam.
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Heated for a few seconds with a heat gun (or a bit longer with a hairdryer), the Worbla can be easily shaped into a mask. To cool and harden it faster, we used a sponge dipped in cold water.
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Cutting

We then shaped the corners using normal scissors.
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You can easily poke a hole for elastic or string using a hot soldering iron or woodburning tool.
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Cutouts

We used the soldering tool to first mark the eyeholes, then dragging the tool to melt the eyehole lines. (If you wish, the edges can be further cleaned up by using small sculpting tools while the Worbla is hot.)
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Here we marked an eyebrow line and cut a slit in the Worbla using the soldering iron tip.
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Edging

Now we’ve taken all our scraps, and we’ll be heating them and using them as putty.
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Heated, the scraps can be rolled into a ‘noodle’ to use as edging or details.
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You can see more information here: Worbla.


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One Comment

  1. Trina
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for this demo! I’m going to be using Worbla for a project, and I never would have thought to use a soldering iron like you did. What a great idea! Especially for the small work and making punctures.

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