Friday, April 12, 2013

Using Plastic Multi-Mold Pellets

by Janet Alexander
Technical Advisor

Ever heard of Multi-Mold Pellets? At first glance the pellets look like rock salt. But, they are small plastic pellets that become malleable when heated in hot water (140 - 170˚ F). They can be used to make molds, reverse molds of texture plates, doming forms, and more. 
To warm, place a small amount of pellets into a stainless steel strainer and then place in a pan of hot water. When they become clear they are ready to mold.
Pellets in pan of hot water

Pellets are ready to mold

Forming a shape with my fingers

New handle
File with no handle
Here, I formed a handle for my flat file. Once you form your desired shape, allow the plastic to air-cool before using. The plastic turns opaque and hard once cool. If you want to re-use or re-shape, just heat again until clear and re-shape.

 For more tips on using this great product, go to the mold-making section PMC Connection's website.

1 comment:

Lora Hart said...

Good find Janet! I used to love the thermal plastic pellets I got from another retailer, but it's such a great bonus that these are clear when warmed to the correct temperature for molding, and then return to opaque when set. Captures great detail on vintage buttons.