Welcome to the amazing world of Worbla - a line of non-toxic thermoplastics that allow you to build stronger, faster, easier.
Worbla: Non-Toxic Thermoplastics for Speed, Strength, and Ease.
Our products allow you to build quickly and easily, from custom masks and highly detailed headpieces to full sets of durable armor and lightweight puppet forms. The low activation temperature means pieces can be worked by hand easily, and the unique properties of Worbla means our sheet products take complex curves easily without requiring a vacuform, while all scrap material can be reblended and re-used for zero waste.
Worbla requires no mixing, no cure time, no specialized tools or work areas, and can be cut with standard scissors. Non toxic, no mess, easy to use, and with limitless possibilities, visit our booth for hands on demonstrations, product samples, and display pieces.
What is Worbla?
Worbla is a German brand of thermoplastics that come in sheet and pellet forms. Each product in the Worbla’s Art Line has a specific use, color coded to help differentiate them at a glance. From armor builds to fabric manipulation to gemstones, Worbla products are designed to help you build faster than traditional materials might allow, with a far more forgiving margin of error.
When heated, Worbla plastics become pliable, adhesive and moldable - simply mold into the desired shape and allow to cool. Worbla plastics can be heated endlessly and have no shelf or pot life.
Our Standard Sheet Plastics
Of our sheet plastics, the most commonly used are Worbla’s Finest Art (brown), Worbla’s Black Art (black), Worbla’s Pearly Art (white). These plastics all activate at 90°C or 195°F, and are self adhesive. These plastics have slight differences, but can often be used interchangeably based on what you have on hand.
Worbla’s Finest Art: our original formula; this product has great self-adhesion, excellent stretch over curves, and an orange-peel-like texture. Finest Art is often used for large builds such as the base of armor, as well as for more organic shapes. It is a favourite for classroom use with the easiest learning curve.
Worbla’s Black Art and Worbla’s Pearly Art: sister products to Finest Art; these have slightly less adhesive and stretch, while offering a much finer texture and a black or white base. Black and Pearly Art are often used for fine filigree work and detailing, and projects that require a more metallic finish.
Our Specialty Sheet Plastics
We offer additional products in sheet form for more specialized use. This includes Worbla’s TranspArt (clear), Worbla’s Mesh Art (tan with mesh), Worbla’s Flame Red Art (red), and Worbla’s Kobracast Art (white).
Worbla’s Mesh Art: designed when strength is needed, especially over curves, Mesh Art blends our thermoplastic base with a structural plastic mesh. Still capable of taking domes and complex shapes, Mesh Art is the most adhesive of all of our products, making it useful not only as a build product, but also as something that can be used to create on-site repairs to props and scenery. Activates at 90°C or 195°F.
Worbla’s Flame Red Art: Flame Red Art is certified DIN (German Industry Norms) 4102-1 as B1 – Flame Resistant, designed for theaters, schools, and other locations where safety is of the utmost importance. Flame Red Art is closest to Finest Art in properties, with a smoother finish, and activates at 90°C or 195°F.
Worbla’s TranspArt: designed to avoid the pitfalls of PET and acrylic plastics, TranspArt offers a translucent, flexible, resilient plastic that stays workable for minutes instead of seconds and cannot be shattered. TranspArt is solvent stable and can be dyed and glued, and has some self adhesive properties. It’s often used to create water, ice, and flame effects. TranspArt activates at 120° C or 250° F and requires gloves to be worked safely.
Worbla’s Kobracast Art: the thinnest and lightest of our materials, Kobracast is an open-weave fabric gauze impregnated with our thermoplastic base. Kobracast is exceptionally flexible and can be molded around extreme curves and shapes and simply ‘peeled’ off to create under structures, or laminated to fabrics to allow for complex fabric manipulation more durable than traditional methods.
Our Pellet Products
We have two plastic products that come in pellet form: Worbla’s Deco Art and Worbla’s Crystal Art. It’s important to note that these plastics are not simply pellet forms of our sheet plastics, but rather their own specific products with different properties. Our pellet products can be tinted or dyed with Polyester dyes and are solvent stable. Just like the rest of our line, these plastics are self adhesive, can be activated endlessly, and have no shelf life.
Worbla’s Deco Art: opaque white pellets that when heated blend into a fluid smooth plastic, you can use Deco Art for quick casting and molding or sculpted details, custom made hand grips and quick repairs. Deco Art sets up as a super smooth plastic that makes excellent teeth and eyes, and can be used to fill voids or smooth joins on other Worbla sheet builds. Activates at 65°C or 150°F.
Worbla’s Crystal Art: are translucent, rubber-like pellets designed to be an alternative to casting for translucent results. These pellets need to be blended by hand when heated, then shaped or pushed into a mold. Crystal Art cools quickly and ‘sets up’ in a matter of minutes, allowing you to create crystals and gems and other translucent looks with speed and ease. Activates at 110°C 230°F and requires gloves to be worked safely.
Find more at our website, Worbla.com, or come to the booth for samples, demonstrations, and more!