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Create your own safe plastic that you can make into any shape

Posted by TrAceY :) from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia • Published See TrAceY :)'s 10 projects »
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  • How to create art / a model. Gelatine Plastic! - Step 1
    Step 1

    Buy a pack of gelatine powder. You can buy sheets but I've never worked with those so best buy powder.

  • How to create art / a model. Gelatine Plastic! - Step 2
    Step 2

    Here are the sachets inside. Empty 2 out into a bowl.
    Boil some water

  • How to create art / a model. Gelatine Plastic! - Step 3
    Step 3

    Pour in some water and mix.
    I'm not sure how much water to put in exactly but don't follow the instructions on the back of the box.
    Pour a little until it's pretty thick, not watery.

  • How to create art / a model. Gelatine Plastic! - Step 4
    Step 4

    Now let's take some food dye and put one drop into the mixture. Any colour will do.

  • How to create art / a model. Gelatine Plastic! - Step 5
    Step 5

    I added one drop of blue and because the mixture was already yellowish, it became aqua!

  • How to create art / a model. Gelatine Plastic! - Step 6
    Step 6

    Separate the mixture into shallow plates.
    Now you wait for it to set. This might take around 20mins or so.
    When it's ready, you'll be able to touch it without bits coming off on your finger.

  • How to create art / a model. Gelatine Plastic! - Step 7
    Step 7

    Take a small knife and start cutting out shapes!

  • How to create art / a model. Gelatine Plastic! - Step 8
    Step 8

    You can print off pictures, cut them out and trace around them if you want.
    I traced a guitar pick for this raindrop shape

  • How to create art / a model. Gelatine Plastic! - Step 9
    Step 9

    It's like gel, looks almost like glass in this colour

  • How to create art / a model. Gelatine Plastic! - Step 10
    Step 10

    Be very careful when taking the shape out.

  • How to create art / a model. Gelatine Plastic! - Step 11
    Step 11

    You can either take out the shape very gently or cut around the shape.
    If the shape is really delicate and thin, cut around it.

  • How to create art / a model. Gelatine Plastic! - Step 12
    Step 12

    I cut this out freehand a while ago and used the shape to trace out another one

  • How to create art / a model. Gelatine Plastic! - Step 13
    Step 13

    These are all the shapes I cut out...not very much compared to the wasted parts:/

    So you can skewer a hole into the top of a shape and when it's hardened, string onto a necklace or bracelet.

  • How to create art / a model. Gelatine Plastic! - Step 14
    Step 14

    -All the failed broken parts squashed into one ball.

  • Step 15

    The shapes will dry out in a while and become thinner, harder and plastic like. This might take a few days

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Taylor P.
Taylor P. · Richlands, Virginia, US
could u use jeloo mix instead of gelatin ??? since jello has gelatin in it
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Bat Ma'am
Bat Ma'am · Seattle, Washington, US · 13 projects
Neat, I didn't know it would harden like that!!

CO + K User

neather did i thats so cool
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TrAceY :)
TrAceY :) · Melbourne, Victoria, AU · 11 projects
@Olivia H. Mine don't attract any bugs. They don't have any odour when they've hardened
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Olivia H.
Olivia H. · Indianapolis, Indiana, US · 32 projects
Do you think this could attract bugs even after it has hardened?
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TrAceY :)
TrAceY :) · Melbourne, Victoria, AU · 11 projects
Purpled Up,
When these are dry they can last i guess until you break them...they don't go mouldy or anything
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TrAceY :)
TrAceY :) · Melbourne, Victoria, AU · 11 projects
Purpled Up,
When it dries it just stays hard. It doesn't go moldy or anything
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Purpled Up
Purpled Up · 2 projects
how long do these keep?
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Purpled Up
Purpled Up · 2 projects
How long do these keep? Really nice job by the way Happy
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