What is Instamorph? It’s mold-able and clay-like when it’s warm, but turns into hard, strong plastic when it cools. As one maker said at our Build night: “The more you play with it, the more ideas you get on how to use it!”
Last month we received a large InstaMorph kit from Instructables.com who allows us to explore the product for free in exchange for at least two how-tos (aka “instructables”). These written instructions with pictures describe an idea/project and how it was created and is put up on their site sharing for others to see. We had a great time coming up with our builds!
After hooking up a couple of camping stoves in our space and coaxing pots of water to just over 150 degrees, we dumped the white Instamorph granules in and waited a few minutes. That’s all it took for the hard plastic to melt into a ball of soft playdoh. It was warm to the touch as we stretched and tested the limits of the material; We rolled it into balls, flattened it with a roller, poked holes in it, and yanked it into different shapes. Then we threw it into a bowl of cold water to stiffen.
Once the material turned into hard plastic, we sanded it, sawed it, and drilled holes into it. This stuff was just plain fun and, as it turned out, functional. Not only did we make a mask, glasses, toothpick decorations, a chess piece and a spring (to test its flexibility), but we also created a Leaf car charger wall holder, an iphone holder and a tripod camera holder.
We had one maker spray blue paint into the warmed Instamorph which absorbed the color without rubbing off. Another maker made a hollow rock decoration which he used to cover blinking LEDs. The InstaMorph diffused the colors for a great outdoor mood light.
Of course, many of our ideas weren’t successful, but since we could throw the cooled plastic back into the hot water, we could try again and again. So many possibilities… too little time… we have a bunch of InstaMorph left so stay tuned for another night of magical mold-able plastic coming soon. Thanks, Instructables.com!