Molding from a surface – Polymer pellets

Polymer pellets


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.

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.

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



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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