Leaky fountain pen? Uncomfortable gadget? Broken plastic fiddly bit? With Instamorph, a cup of hot water and your own hands, you can harness the power of plastic and use it for Good instead of Evil. No longer are you a lonely outcast in this world of factory-extruded plastic. With Instamorph (or really any polycaprolactone plastic) you too can make plastic stuff.
What is it?
It's a non-toxic, biodegradable plastic that is moldable at 150 degrees Fahrenheit, but is hard and strong at room temperature.
What's great about it?
- It's easy and safe: you put it in a cup of hot water to make it moldable
- You can shape it with your hands or with tools
- It sticks to most plastics
- It's easy to remove if you need to
- It's reusable
- You can make stuff, fix stuff, customize stuff, even invent stuff
What's not so great about it?
- Instamorph is not food safe. If you want to use it on dishes or if you want to make teeth out of it (seriously), then use a purer form of the polycaptrolactone, like TempTooth. Learn from my fail.
- It's great that it gets melty at 150 degrees Fahrenheit. On the downside, it gets melty at 150 degrees Fahrenheit, so keep your Instamorph hacks out of hot cars, away from the stove, etc.
- If you want to get fancy, you might want to pick up some wax carvers as tools.
- Check out the Instamorph website for ideas on stuff to do.
- Seriously, don't use this stuff inside your mouth. Buy the TempTooth instead. I made a cool set of fake teeth with Instamorph and it gave me a weird headache.
- If a part you made gets stuck, soak it in warm water or run a hairdryer over it to loosen it up.
- Don't buy too much. A little goes a long way, and don't forget, this stuff is reusable!