Have you ever wondered where to buy WONDERFLEX! Its right here in Fort Collins at The Life Of the Party!
What is Wonderflex? It’s a thermoplastic composite material that can be heated and shaped! Heat Wonderflex needs to be heated to 150 to 170 degrees, most any heat gun should do. It also will bond to itself which aids in applying of detail and creating larger creations.
Wonderflex is used by artist, sculptors, prop makers, fashion designers, cosplayers, larpers, fx designers and professional customers. From high schools to Broadway to Hollywood and beyond, new uses continue to grow. Wonderflex has been used successfully by many different disciplines and businesses. Wonderflex is sold in Jumbo Sheet’s 40″x 55″. Wonderflex is about 1/16 of an inch thick and it can be bonded together to increase thickness and strength. It’s very tough and versatile and can be drilled, bolted or stapled. You can punch small holes in it to attach it to clothing or glue it. Wonderflex is great for replacing such materials as Fiberglass, sculpted styrofoam, paper mache and Celastic which requires solvents to activate. Wonderflex is often referred to as the “Celastic Replacement” among folks in the costuming and prop trade. Wonderflex is easily used in conjunction with many materials.Wonderflex is easily activated with a variety of heat sources including hot water, conventional ovens and even a microwave. However most people prefer to use a heat gun with an adjustable temperature. Home hair blow dryers Do Not generate enough heat to adequately activate the Wonderflex, especially large pieces. Once heated you have 2-3 minutes of work time before it cools and reverts to its original stiffness. If it cools too fast, just reheat it. Wonderflex can be heated over and over again until the desired effect is achieved.
When heated, the Wonderflex activates its built in adhesive which does not readily transfer to your skin or fingers. Some people use their bare hands to get the best dexterity, but you must be very careful not to burn yourself and you should wear tight, fitted insulated gloves when working large pieces for long periods of time.
Wonderflex is well suited for both positive and negative molds as well as free forming. You can use pre-made molds or make your own. If your wonderflex is sticking in the mold, try a layer of aluminum foil, release paper or non-stick release agent like “Pam”. If the mold is large or awkward cut the Wonderflex into small pieces or strips using heat to blend the seams.
Fine detail can be achieved using traditional sculpting tools, tongue depressors, flat screw drivers etc. to work intricate areas. Use an ice bag or gel cold pack to speed cool the Wonderflex and preserve the details. You can use a soldering gun or hot glue gun without the glue stick for working in small confined areas and seams.
Never apply heated Wonderflex directly to the human body.
Wonderflex accepts most paints and coatings. Acrylics, latex etc. applied by brush or spray painting. Foam coats, sculpt coats, gessor or most any artisan coating can be applied depending on the effect you are wanting to achieve. Wonderflex can be covered in fabric by applying a spray adhesive or hot glue.
Wonderflex is a thermoplastic that softens when exposed to heat. Do Not store your completed project in areas where heat can concentrate such as on outdoor metal storage shed or in direct sunlight. Do not leave in the trunk of your car during summer months when heat activation levels can be reached.
Wonderflex is a creator’s dream! Whether you need a custom mask, weapon or armor, Wonderflex is the material you have been looking for to take your cosplay or costume to the next level. So come on down to The Life Of The Party and let us help you bring your dreams to life!