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Old 01-09-2020, 11:35 AM
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Looking for a type of plastic for crafting


I believe this exists. Thicker colored transparent plastic, rigid but cutable with scissors. The idea is that you heat it and it becomes malleable so you use a heat gun, shape it and hold it until it cools then it holds its shape.

Does any of this make sense?
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Old 01-09-2020, 01:16 PM
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I've seen something close, look for Sculptable Plastic
Thibra Fine Sculptable Plastic is one brand.
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Thermoplastics? Used a lot in cosplay. What are you planning to make with it? It comes in different sizes depending on your intention.
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Old 01-09-2020, 01:41 PM
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By far the most well-known brand of cosplay thermoplastics is Worbla. Not saying it's the best, but it is the market leader.

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Old 01-10-2020, 11:12 PM
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Thermoplastics? Used a lot in cosplay. What are you planning to make with it? It comes in different sizes depending on your intention.
Art project simulating glass sculpture. Think Chihuly.
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Old 01-10-2020, 11:34 PM
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Seek out Rocketeer. He is the Man!

I thought about MonoKote, but probably not what you are looking for.
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Old 01-11-2020, 04:52 AM
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Art project simulating glass sculpture. Think Chihuly.
Worbla TranpArt is probably what you want, then - It can be dyed or coloured pretty much like Chihuly's stuff - check out that phoenix headpiece.

That's assuming you don't just want to try acrylic (plexiglass, Perspex)? Not cuttable with scissors, but you can score with a knife and snap.

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Old 01-11-2020, 08:57 PM
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Here are the people to ask. They know pretty much everything about every kind of art-. craft-, and design-related plastic. IIRC, they can work with you, even if you're not in NYC: https://www.canalplastic.com/

And before anyone asks--no, I'm not being paid to write this post, and I don't have a stake in the company. I just know that lots and lots of makers of various kinds consider this store the go-to for plastics.

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Here are the people to ask. They know pretty much everything about every kind of art-. craft-, and design-related plastic. IIRC, they can work with you, even if you're not in NYC: https://www.canalplastic.com/

And before anyone asks--no, I'm not being paid to write this post, and I don't have a stake in the company. I just know that lots and lots of makers of various kinds consider this store the go-to for plastics.
Hmmm...I don't know... You could have been quietly waiting for months or years to for someone to ask the very question in the topic to get your 2% commission on $50 of materials!

Woot! $1 in commissions!

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Old 01-12-2020, 01:34 AM
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Seek out Rocketeer. He is the Man!

I thought about MonoKote, but probably not what you are looking for.
Sorry, Rocketeer saw the OP a little while ago and is drawing a blank.

The hot ticket for heat-forming model airplane canopies seems to be PETG (Vivak).
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Old 01-12-2020, 01:07 PM
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Note that "thermoplastic" is actually an incredibly broad category, which includes most of the various plastics you're familiar with.
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