Faux Bone is a completely non-toxic, high grade rigid PVC that does not outgas (produce fumes) when heated properly. Because it is malleable at just below 250°F it can be heat formed into just about any shape. It was founded by artist Robert Dancik of Crackerdog Designs. The ability of Faux Bone to take on a
variety of finishes, as well as its incredible strength, light weight, extraordinary
impact resistance and low cost make it a natural for artists and craftspeople in
It is truly a blank canvas waiting for your self expression to inform it. It can have the flexibility of wire, the functionality of metal and showcase beautiful color like beads…the best of all worlds in one material. When heated, it can be tangled and twisted, knotted and even crocheted. When solid, it has the properties of metal in that it is nearly unbreakable and can be drilled into, sawed, and easily connected with nuts and bolts and rivets and screws.
All of the Faux Bone products are made from the same material, they just come in different sizes and shapes. The 1/16th inch Faux Bone can be cut using a good pair of shears and comes in a wide variety of strip widths and lengths, which is why it is especially user friendly. Although the 1/8”, ¼” and ½” shapes and sheets require a jewelers saw, they can be cut easily using special, nearly unbreakable Faux Bone saw blades.
Faux Bone will accept an endless variety of mark making and surface
treatments that can add color. Some of the coloring agents that may be used include: Acrylic paint, oil paint, inks, shoe polish, oil sticks, Pastels, Prismacolor® pencils (other brands don’t work well), Spice pigmented wax (turmeric, henna, paprika work well), and graphite.
Other than preventing the material from going above 290 degrees, there are few concerns. Caution should be taken not
to burn Faux Bone as the fumes (ONLY IF IT BURNS) are toxic. Faux
Bone should not be heated with a flame. Like all artist materials, common sense safety should be followed. Though even the dust from Faux Bone is completely non-toxic, anytime you sand any material it’s a good idea to wear a safety mask. Light cotton gloves are all that is necessary when handling the warmed Faux Bone. While Faux Bone itself is not flammable in a toaster oven, Gilder’s Paste, un-dried sealants and similar materials may be flammable, so caution should be exercised when using these with Faux Bone.