Molding from a surface – Polymer pellets

Polymer pellets

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My first attempt to use the polymer pellets was very disappointing when making impressions after it was cured. It hardly dented the surface and not easy to use. A bowl was filled with hot water and pellets were added agitating with a fork. It became opaque  and stuck together. It was a quick process that required quick manipulation to allow it to work.

By not mixing properly, it resulted in a fragile rice like effect. However, the sample below created a bowl which when dried was solid. Beads were added to the polymer, but would not hold the beads resulting in them falling out.

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I was quite happy with the results by adding a button and reminded me of a starfish and its tiny tube feet.

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Embedding a buckle was more successful than the beads as this was due to the surface area. And possibly because I was beginning to get the idea of how the polymer reacted.

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Zip ties were not successful, although embedding into the polymer, it still looked like zip ties and had no real features, so was disappointed.

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Author: huggywitch

I have been doing textiles for a number of years and recently started my degree. I have always had an interest in theatre costume design and this is where my passion lie.

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