So, I’ve literally just gotten back from playing around with Worbla’s Finest Art, the stuff I’m going to be using to make Ed’s arm and leg. Oh boy. If I could make something that physically bound itself together in just 5 minutes… I dread to think what excuses I could come up with for having not made this arm and leg. I guess I have no excuses now! Let’s delve a little deeper into what this stuff looks like, feels like and working with it. But before I do this, take a look at the picture below which is a bunch of stuff I had on hand.
- Worbla sheet
- Heat gun (seems you could use a hair dryer for this, but it certainly was quick with a proper heat gun! I got this one from Maplins for around £13.)
- Marker pen
- Modelling knife
All I want to get out of this is a basic “bracelet” you can wear.
So as you can see above, Worbla’s comes in this lovely brown colour making it very neutral. From what I’ve heard, this stuff is fine with being glossed and once glossed, you can use a spray paint to paint it. Once I start doing those kinds of things, I’ll write a post about finalising a piece. For now, I wanted to make the most basic thing possible: A “bracelet”. I.E just a ring.
Well, this stuff feels grainy. Not a bad kind of grainy, it’s almost like it’s “scaled”. Unique texture but you can sand it, gloss it, do whatever you need with it. The plastic sheet itself is nice and sturdy and will take some effort to do damage to (Which I demonstrate later).
Working with Worbla
So first, I decided to cut my A4 sheet as I wouldn’t need all of it for such a small project. Since this is the first thing I was going to make, I decided I’d take a strip of it and work from there. This cut very easily with a sharp pair of scissors.
Once I had my piece, I got my heat gun at the ready and decided to use the lower setting, as I heard Worbla can be ready to go quite easily/quickly. This, I can confirm, is the case.
So, after I stopped making funny little “seat” shapes, I bent my Worbla into a circle, applied some heat to an end of the Worbla and… after it cooled down…
Well, there it is. I mentioned earlier about how strong this stuff gets… Well, it takes a bit of force but you can damage this stuff relatively easily… For example:
The hardened product (just let it cool back down) will happily spring back into place. If you want it even tougher, you may like to consider fitting it with some form of foam inners. For now though, I have a “bracelet” and will soon enough get some gloss and spray paint to see how easy this stuff is to work with in a paint job. I’ll then try binding other materials to the Worbla Bracelet.
Okay, thanks for reading all, if you have any questions about this then please drop me a line in the comments section or send me an e-mail. This was simply done as an exploratory and quick project, to show the ease of using Worbla, even for a first timer like me.