Worbla’s Finest Art and TranspArt are joined by Worbla’s Black Art.

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Worbla’s Black Art Automail Hand by Rinkujutsu

Worbla’s Finest Art has been well loved by the costume, crafting and art community for it’s flexibility and wide range of applications – and of course being easy to use! Now the makers of Worbla’s Finest Art have added a new product to their lineup: Worbla’s Black Art.

Worbla’s Black Art is a thermoplastic that activates at 90C (195F) and can be moulded and shaped by hand. When heated, it is self adhesive and pieces can be joined without adhesive. Like the rest of the Worbla line, Worbla Black has 0% waste as all scraps can be reblended and reused.

Worbla’s Black Art has been designed with artists and builders in mind, with a finer texture to give a smoother finish than Worbla’s Finest, as well as being able to take far finer detail both for sculpting and for building detail onto a piece.

In short: Worbla’s Black Art lets you spend far less time priming to get a shiny surface, compared to Worbla’s Finest Art, and can even be left unprimed for a surface closer to EVA foam, and takes fine, sharp detail better than Worbla’s Finest Art can achieve.

The basics of Worbla’s Black Art are below – and you can find a more in depth breakdown of the material here!


You can order Worbla’s Black Art here Cosplaysupplies.com and it is carried by many (but not all) of our Storefront Retailers.

Below are some examples of what you can expect Worbla’s Black Art to achieve!

Look at the fine detail! It's suggested to get pieces this small and even, you roll them using a ruler (as pictured)
Look at the fine detail! It’s suggested to get pieces this small and even, you roll them using a ruler (as pictured)

More examples of fine detailing, this piece done by Erza Cosplay
More examples of fine detailing, this piece done by Erza Cosplay. You can see a video of the build process here.

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Kamui Cosplay created this video to talk about Worbla’s Black Art and show how to make a breastplate using it.

And Lux Cosplay made this video directly comparing Worbla’s Finest and Worbla’s Black Art.

What about smoothing? Well:

Lux Cosplay did this series of tests showing Worbla's Finest compared to Worbla's Black Art, both unprimed and coated with wood glue.
Lux Cosplay did this series of tests showing Worbla’s Finest compared to Worbla’s Black Art, both unprimed and coated with wood glue.

Another  example from Erza Cosplay, showing a curved surface with the standard coating of wood glue and the differences between WFA and WBA
Another example from Erza Cosplay, showing a curved surface with the standard coating of wood glue and the differences between WFA and WBA

And a video comparing Worbla’s Finest, Cosplayflex and Worbla’s Black Art by Last Minute Kitchen

The black surface gives your paint a deeper, richer tone, and also looks less unnatural when and if paint should chip off your piece than the beige of Worbla’s Finest Art. And of course, with Worbla’s Black Art, you don’t even have to paint it if a dull black is what you need.

By Nightshift Cosplay
By Nightshift Cosplay

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Remember you can purchase all Worbla Products at Cosplaysupplies.com and Worbla’s Black Art is carried by many of our Storefront Retailers.