Following up from the last blog, I think I may have found a solution to protect my desk. Apparently those mats I had seen other people use are ‘cutting mats’, and are meant to be resistant to, well, cutting. Unless you want to carve your work surface with X-acto knives and boxcutters, they are a great way to fearlessly continue with art projects on your desk.
When searching on Amazon, they all looked about the same. Sometimes they had different colors, or different gridlines to measure your cuts by, but overall they seemed pretty indistinguishable from each other. Until a certain product title caught my eye.
“Self Healing Plastic Mat” is proudly proclaimed on the listing. It also says, “Thick Double Sided Cutting Mat Re-Seals After Every Cut.” Plastic that heals itself. What? Reading the description told me that it “possesses UNIQUE SELF HEALING properties” that allow it to do so. But what could these magical properties be?
After further investigation, it turns out many people were also perplexed by this vague claim. An article by Rain Noe on Core77 suggested it could be some type of special “thermoplastic,” or simply a marketing tool to convince potential buyers.
Unfortunately, I am not a chemist, nor engineer, nor anything that has to do with the proposed ‘Ultra-high-molecular-weight Polyethylenes’ and what they might be. Wikipedia tells me it is a “very tough material, with the highest impact strength of any thermoplastic presently made.” Sounds impressive.
Regardless of the mat’s mysterious compound, it is only about $20 with Amazon Prime for one sized 12 x 18 inches. Paired with its five star rating average from 942 reviews and bendy quality for transport or storage, it is certainly worth considering.
I’m not sure it is right for my purposes, though. I have yet to use a cutting material directly on my desk. A simple, hard plastic mat that won’t be damaged by alcohol markers or watercolors would be a better choice for me. The search continues!
Sold by Crafty World, the crafty healing mat can be found here.
Have you come across any magical claims for art supplies? Let me know below!