5 Bags of Plastic Thermal Fitting Beads
Five bags of plastic thermal fitting beads. If you are missing four or more teeth you will have a hard time using the beads with our Upper Secure Smile Teeth and should use adhesive instead. One bag of beads is enough for one to two missing teeth.
WHAT’S IT GOOD FOR?
Everything from masks, costume pieces, brackets, molds, toys, handles, grips, custom cases, stands, prototypes, replacement parts. Also used with Secure Smile Cosmetic Teeth. Some users also use this plastic to make individual teeth for missing, chipped or cracked teeth.
WHO USES IT?
It is ideal for makers, hobbiests, artists, fixers, cosplayers, tinkers, or anyone else that needs a custom part made out of plastic.
WHAT IS THERMOPLASTIC?
It is a lightweight thermoplastic which acts like clay when warm, but when it cools, it’s a strong plastic.
You will receive 53g of the material with free S&H = roughly 1 small handful
Besides hot water, the plastic can be warmed to it’s activation temperature of 150 deg F using other heat sources. For example, you can use:
Oven – place beads on a non-stick surface until they turn clear.
Hot Air Gun – These are available at your local hardware store and are more powerful than your normal hair dryer (those work too). If you use this tool, be extra careful, as a hot air gun’s working temperature can be upwards of 1,000 deg F. You increase the risk destroying your beads and/or causing nasty burns to yourself.
Heating Above 150 Degrees
We frequently get the question of how to make the beads stay moldable for longer. One simple method is to heat up the plastic a bit higher than the recommended activation temperature. With the higher temperature, the plastic will stay above the temperature needed to stay moldable for an increased period of time. This does increase the overall temperature of the material though, which increases the risk of a heat related injury (see warnings below).
We’d like to think that if you’re smart enough to realize the amazing possibilities of moldable plastic, we wouldn’t have to tell you this, but we’ll do it anyways…
Burns are not fun. Be careful when heating water or using your stove or heat gun to heat up plastic. Heating the beads above 150 degrees F increases the likelihood of heat related injuries.
Small pellets of plastic could be a choking hazard. Please supervise small children when using the beads.
The beads can stick to different materials when it’s hot. Sometimes you want this, sometimes you don’t. It can stick to the following including but not limited to: metal, other plastic, vinyls, fabrics, acrylics (like fake fingernails or plexiglass), and styrofoam.
Because of the unique remoldable property of the beads, you should keep your finished pieces away from sources of extreme heat. We would hate to see you lose your amazing creation in a tragic space-heater accident.
Although its non-toxic, it has not yet been certified “safe for internal use” or “food contact safe”.