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Daley Kreations

41 Hobart Crescent

Ottawa ON Canada

K2H 5S3


© 2017 by Daley Kreations


Apr 14, 2017

PROFILE: Worbla's Black Art


The particles in the thermoplastic of Black Worbla are much finer than the sawdust in “classic” Worbla. This means it needs far less finishing than any of the other thermoplastics (with the exception of Thibra) to achieve a very smooth surface.


PROS: Needs the least amount of sanding and finishing. Handles curves really well just like regular Worbla.


CONS: Less sticky than regular Worbla, so needs to be heated longer/to a higher temperature in order to get it to adhere to itself, foam, or other thermoplastics. Best if you already have experience using regular Worbla.


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  • Worbla Mesh looks like a beige Worbla except it has an internal mesh instead of sawdust particles. One side is semi-smooth like the “glue” side of regular Worbla while the other side has a texture similar to duct tape. Again, this can be eliminated in a variety of ways. PROS: Worbla Mesh’s internal mesh makes it stronger and more resistant to tearing than regular Worbla. Worbla Mesh is can be used to reinforce regular Worbla structures and to attach fittings such as D-rings to Worbla pieces. Unlike WonderFlex, Worbla Mesh scraps can be collected and combined to be used again. Worbla Mesh will also stretch around curves without using darts, unlike Wonderflex. CONS: The mesh means that Worbla Mesh won’t stretch as much as Worbla so it is harder - although possible - to form nice curves or round shapes.
  • Worbla's Finest Art ("regular" or "classic" Worbla) is essentially sawdust suspended in thermoplastic. One side (the "glue" side although both sides will become sticky if heated) is smoother than the other. The other side has a very faint pebbly texture to it. This can be eliminated in a variety of ways after which you can paint and decorate your piece as desired. PROS : Worbla has no grain and thus can be stretched and formed into a variety of shapes. This makes it really good at forming curves such as breast plates, round shoulder pauldrons and so on. CONS : The downside is that Worbla is not particularly strong on its own and, if stretched too far when heated, can tear. It is often backed or applied over EVA foam structures or reinforced with other thermoplastics such as Worbla Mesh or WonderFlex.