What is Sintra? I didn’t know either until I exhausted some poor student artist at the university bookstore with questions, who was also buying some. It was 75% off which came out to 65 cents each piece…so he looked excited about it… which made me curious.
He told me that it is mold-able and bendable when heated up in boiling water. Many people use it to mount photos. It is like a PVC plastic material and can be cut with a jig-saw like wood. He uses it to make models of things – wow way over my head.
So I thought I would give it a go and make them into something easy -BOWLS. I bought three pieces but only used two. I am going to bug a friend for her jig-saw with piece number three.
Okay…so this is what I did.
I took the Sintra…see kind of pricey for just a piece of plastic at the bookstore, but the student artist guy informed me that it is usually about $1.50 at other art stores. I am just glad I got it for 65 cents. :)
One big challenge was finding a pot wide enough to fit this large a piece of Sintra. I had to dip it in, in parts.
I brought water to a rolling boil and then dipped the plastic in one corner at a time for about 10-15 seconds. Then I bent it inward to make my bowl. It does take some muscle. I was sweating at the end probably from the steam from the boiling water but also from the work it took to bend it just right.
I went kind of crazy bending it this way and that. A little too crazy because as forgiving as Sintra is…it does have a breaking point:
I just bent this part in so the crack wouldn’t be exposed – shhhhh.
I wanted the bottom of my bowl to lie flatter than it was so I set it on top of the pot for about 15 seconds and then pressed it against the counter …and repeated this a couple of times until I was satisfied.
So not for everyone…pretty “modern art” looking, which I kind of totally love. :)
Now we have an extra fruit bowl….
…and a cool plate that can be used for chips and dip or for a party serving platter….I am thinking the black will be great for Halloween too. :)