Worbla's Transpa Art.
*The rose in the pictures above was made by our staff member Emma for a shop display.
TranspArt (also Transpa Art) is Worbla’s option for those looking for a resilient, non-toxic and solvent stable clear plastic that can be hand formed and vacuformed with ease.
Fantastic for making visors, decorative eyewear, ice, crystal and fire effects, ‘invisible’ foundations and anything else you can imagine, Worbla’s TranspArt (WTA) has similar flexibility and weight to Worbla’s Finest Art (WFA) and shares the ability to reblend scraps to recycle everything, while being incredibly resilient to stress.
Lighter than acrylic sheeting and more durable than PETG, TranspArt is resistant to cracks, fractures and shattering under pressure, maintaining a unique flexibility that returns to form when bent.
As TranspArt is injection moulded, the injection lines are present in the finished sheets, but can be worked out with heat and shaping.
Please note that because TranspArt is not an optically clear plastic, it is not suggested for eyewear that will see heavy use and is best for decorative pieces. Looking through plastic that is not optically clear can be unpleasant after long periods of time.
When the scraps are blended, they take on a milky, frosted look that’s great for using to diffuse light.
Make your own gems, faceplates, LED housings – shape by hand, or use a mold or vacuform.
You can paint the interior of your shape, leaving the high gloss finish of the plastic to remain. It’s also easy to restore rough areas by applying lacquer or clear nail polish to dull areas.
Worbla’s TranspArt does require a higher activation temperature of 120° Celsius or 250° Fahrenheit compared to Worbla’s Finest Art (WFA)’s 90° Celsius. As such it’s strongly advised you wear smooth work gloves when using Worbla’s TranspArt. (Remember, you are heating it above the boiling point of water). It’s also recommended that you use a damp sponge for shaping, to avoid marks and prints, and a firm toothbrush or other sculpting tools can be helpful to get small complex curves to shape.
See our guide to Working with Worbla.