You may already be aware, but there are some people who don’t realize how many cool and amazing products KNK USA offers. I talk to people all the time who did not realize KNK sells some of the best cutting materials on the market including vinyl, paper, chipboard, stencils, rhinestone supplies and so much more!!! Yes, their magical KNK cutters are are the focus, but I love to learn about the other fabulous products they bring us that complement the cutter lineup.
Today, I want to introduce Polymorph moldable plastic pellets. This is an easy and fun product, with many potential uses. I can attest it will keep kids (and adults) entertained for hours! (Not recommended for small children, do not ingest)
Polymorph comes as tiny (~2 mm diameter) pellets that transform into mouldable plastic when heated. There are brilliant colors crystals that can be added to create stunning colors. Why stop with one color? You can add multiple colors; either knead until the color is consistent or leave with streaks of color running through it.
Place the Polymorph pellets and desired color crystals in a glass cup or jar. I found if you use plastic it tends to stick to the surface of the container. Add hot water (140°F, 60°C) and wait one minute. My coffee maker does the job perfectly.
You’ll see the pellets start to lose their solidity. In this photo we are about halfway there.
Now the pellets are ready to mould.
Use caution pulling it out of the hot water. I found it was a perfect temperature at this point to pull it out with my fingers. Knead the beads until smooth while starting to form your shape. I chose to use silicone moulds for this project.
I left some of the color in streaks because I wanted to see how cool it would look when it cooled. This one has almost all red coloring. I’m not very good at estimating how much material I need for my mould, but that’s okay because I can shave it off with carving tools.
Next, I made a rose with the material that wasn’t as well mixed. I have to say it is my favorite!
While I was working, the material started to get a little hard to mould so I just popped it back in the hot water for a minute.
Once it is cooled you can carve it, drill it, shave it………Have some fun with Polymorph!