Thermomorph

I was recently asked to review a new product Thermomorph. It arrived very promptly from Amazon UK. You can purchase it here. It normally retails at £19.95 with free P&P; but is currently on special offer at £17.95.

Together with my son, we had a play this afternoon. The instructions on the tub are fairly self explanatory - however I would add, use metal instruments (eg. a spoon) to take the pliable stuff out of the hot water and mould it/use it on a metal baking sheet. My son managed to get it stuck it to a paper towel & got in a bit of a mess. The instructions state use water at 60degress but in the absence of a thermometer, we just poured water from a recently boiled kettle into the bowl and it worked fine. Once the opaque tiny balls begin to melt they turn translucent and resemble frog spawn!

 

COLOURING

Once we had a clump of malleable plastic in our hands, we first tried adding colour. First up was food colouring - at my son's insistence I should add! This did not work and just left aforementioned son with bright blue stained hands!

We then added some Mica powder and massaged it into the plastic successfully to give a pretty iridescent colour.

Other experiments included mixing in glitter (fairly successful) and trying to push sequins into the plastic (not successful, they didn't stick).

All my paints and dyes at home are water-based so on the basis of our experiments I am presuming they would not be successful in colouring the plastic. I am confident you could colour the finished article with other solvent based paint.

 

SHAPING

Once pliable, you can twist, shape, roll out, and cut the plastic. However we found it hardens fairly quickly so you need to work quite quickly. Not a great problem though - you just drop it back in hot water to soften it again.

We rolled it out on a metal baking sheet and used cookie cutters. We also used rubber stamps to emboss the product whilst still soft.

 

IN CONCLUSION

Excellent value for money - you only need a small amount so the tub will last you ages and ages.

It is easy to use, quick and makes no mess.

Our crafting experiments worked to a certain extent but definitely looked "home-made". I think the way to go is to use silicon moulds to get a professional finish. These would yield some great embellishments for craft projects. I have seen some lovely results on other blogs using this method. Here for example. Unfortunately I do not have any silicon moulds; I do possess plenty of cookie cutters and rubber stamps but these did not yield good enough results to convince me to use the product again in this way.

However, I do foresee this product being of great use in DIY projects around the house. I made an excellent cover for tin cans (for those half finished tins of cat & dog food in the fridge!) and a peg for a board game piece that got lost.

 

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