Like all Worbla Products, Worbla’s Mesh Art is non-toxic and solvent-free. Worbla’s Mesh Art has also been partially made from recycled rice husks, as we are always looking to create more sustainable, environmentally conscious products. Worbla’s Mesh Art is activated by heat (80-90°C / 175-195°F), and becomes mouldable and shapeable by hand when activated, and can be reheated endlessly until the desired shape is achieved.
- The mesh on Worbla’s Mesh Art does not form through the product when heated and shaped, even over complex curves. This means that the surface stays smooth – comparable to Worbla’s Finest Art.
- The adhesive in Worbla’s Mesh Art is stronger and tackier than Worbla’s Finest Art: this means it is even easier to blend seams and edges, but we do strongly suggest you work over a silicone sheet or parchment paper, as Worbla’s Mesh Art may stick very firmly to your workspace.
- Worbla’s Mesh Art can take complex curves, both positive and negative, just as well as Worbla’s Finest Art. For large domes and complex shapes, a second pair of hands is useful. Some edges may need more blending, but you will experience far less of the ‘dart’ or fold effect that Wonderflex can give.
- Worbla’s Mesh Art is stronger – a lot stronger – and resistant to tearing once heated and cooled. If you need a strong supported prop or accessory, you may be able to use one layer of Worbla’s Mesh Art when two layers of Finest Art would have been needed. You can also reinforce an area by layering Worbla’s Mesh Art behind Finest or Black Art.
- Worbla’s Mesh Art Scraps Can Be Recycled! Because there is a higher amount of adhesive plastic and a finer grid, scraps and bits of Worbla’s Mesh Art can be re-blended and used for sculpting with a surface only slightly more rough than reblended Finest Art scraps. It can also be mixed with Finest Art scraps, and even rolled into new sheets that will not be as strong as the original, but still have resilience. If you’ve ever tried to recycle Wonderflex scraps you know it’s difficult to get anything smooth.
- You will still need to prime Worbla’s Mesh Art, the same as Worbla’s Finest or Black Art, if you want a flat, shiny surface for painting.
Check out Worbla’s Tutorial page for loads of videos, tips and tricks.