Plastic Digits

Because I’ve seen plastic toys that have a scent, I know that it must be technically possible to make scented plastic, or perhaps to “paint” plastic with a smell. I have done a few experiments pouring essential oils in increasing quantities into my plastics as I’m mixing/curing them, but so far I have had no real success. The plastic cures fine, so it’s good to know that the oils do not have a negative chemical effect, but the plastic completely encapsulates the odor. If I sand the plastic it releases scent in the dust, but not in normal use. To do these tests in a way that’s not totally wasteful, I used them as an excuse to make “thumb tacks” — I made some quick molds of my thumb and little finger by squishing some fast-setting silicone putty around them and then mounted either a tack or a magnet (you can see that in the little finger one) that’s strong enough to make it a fridge magnet that can hold up documents. In the picture below, the top-right thumb is cast in a translucent plastic that almost looks like sand-blasted glass, and the bottom left one was an experiment to see what would happen if I mixed a scoop of raspberry seeds into the plastic base (an experiment that I consider completely successful). Oh, and click to zoom in.


  1. MONTE wrote:

    i like them all, and agree that the seed one is definitely a success. it looks zombie like!

    Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Permalink
  2. Could I get 5 plastic toes for Monday May 14th. I need them in Edmonton.

    How much would they cost?

    It is OK if they look rotten and semi decayed.

    Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 11:11 am | Permalink
  3. I need the plastic toes for mimiquing the sour toe cocktail tradition typically done in the Yukon.


    Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 11:15 am | Permalink
  4. Joanne Schumacher wrote:

    I have a very bent big toe and second toe that i wish to disguise as i would like to wear open-toe shoes. Can you possibly help me?

    Friday, June 1, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Permalink
  5. Shannon wrote:

    Wish I could help you but no, I don’t do prosthetic work.

    Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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