Helen says:

“This project uses a product that I recently stumbled across on the Buddly Crafts website, Worbla Thermoplastic Modelling and Moulding Sheets. The plastic sheets come in various colours including transparent and, when heated with a heat gun, can be moulded into shapes or kneaded like putty to make freeform models. Nothing is wasted, as you can heat up all your scrap to use it up and if you go wrong, you can just apply more heat and remodel. Once formed, it can then be coloured and decorated with a variety of different media and techniques.

If you visit the Worbla website you will find that it is extensively used to create dramatic costume and large three-dimensional elements. Although I have worked on a much smaller scale, I am really pleased with the results I have achieved. As I used the transparent plastic to create my flower, I decided to use the Imagination Crafts Starlight paints which give a beautiful shimmery finish.

The plastic is quite thick and can withstand a lot of pulling and shaping, but do be careful when handling hot, it is best to allow it to cool slightly so you don't burn your fingers.”



MATERIALS LIST

Stamps Helen used...

  • Viva Decor: Leaves

Other materials...

  • Worbla TranspArt Thermoplastic Modelling and Moulding sheet: 250mm x 370mm x 0.8mm

  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations die: Jumbo Tattered Florals; Tattered Florals

  • Imagination Crafts Starlight paint: Bright Fuchsia; Orange Oxidized; Pearl; Rich Gold; Jade; Amethyst

  • Ranger ink pad: Jet Black

  • Distress Ink pad: Evergreen Bough

  • 20cm x 20cm (8" x 8") cake board

  • Pearl beads

  • LED tea light

  • Heat gun

 

Step-by-step… Modelling Worbla Thermoplastic

1 Die cut the large flower using the Jumbo Tattered Florals die and place the LED tea light in the middle.

 

Heat the first petal with the heat gun and start to shape up and around the tea light.

Work round each petal, shaping up and then out. Remove the tea light to make sure you can get it out easily.

With the tea light in to keep the overall shape, heat the petals again and crimp them.

Paint both sides with the Starlights paint, mixing and blending as you go.

Die cut five Jumbo Florals leaves, stamp on the top and paint the undersides in Jade. When dry, heat and manipulate.

 

 
 

To finish the project: Die cut as many flowers as you wish from both dies, all shapes and sizes, and then shape and paint as before. Add beads to centres.

Cover the cake board with scrapbook paper and use a small leaf to stamp a border. Stick the flowers and leaves to the board.

 

This project first featured in the August 2017 issue of Craft Stamper magazine