Worbla’s Finest Art is the first and original thermoplastic of the Worbla line. Introduced to in 2014, Worbla’s Finest Art has been taking the costume and crafting world by storm. From Grant Imahara of Mythbusters to the floor of San Diego Comic Con to Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour, Worbla has been used to make almost everything you can imagine.
Worbla’s Finest Art is non-toxic and skin safe and can be shaped by hand without requiring special safety gear. Worbla’s Finest Art can take complex curves without requiring a vacuform, and is self-adhesive when activated – meaning that glues are not required to join pieces. You use hot air, water or steam to shape the plastic however you want. There’s no waste because your scraps can be conditioned and 100% re-blended. These leftovers can be molded to act just like putty, and many artists use Worbla’s Finest Art instead of clay to create near-indestructible pieces. (Check out these sculptures!)
If you have never seen Worbla handled or tried it yourself, customers often compare it to clay, fruit leather or beeswax when heated: becoming pliable and taking detail well, becoming hard and stable when cool. Worbla’s Finest Art can be built up in layers, shaped over forms of foam, foil, wire or similar armatures, and can be used as a single layer.
Worbla’s Finest Art can be painted with just about any paint, wax or finish. The natural texture of Worbla’s Finest Art leads many to prime it with a variety of methods, and you can take a look and choose which might work best for you here.
We have thousands of images of projects made with Worbla’s Finest Art, and dozens of tutorials and videos shared with us by the amazing artists who use our product. Check out our highlights below, and check out our Galleries and Tutorials for more!
This D3 Demon Hunter costume by Lightning Cosplay used Worbla’s Finest Art to create this lightweight and smooth form fitting corset and headpiece
Detailed collar for this Lady Loki costume by Anachronism in Action. The base is Worbla, primed with gesso, and painted with metallic acrylic paint, rub’n’buff and clear satin finish spray paint. Collar is lined with moleskin for comfort, and laces closed in the back.
Liui Aquino used Worbla and foam to create his amazingly realistic Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon 2.
These prop weapons were made by one of the first adapters of Worbla’s Finest Art, Kamui.