Mermaid's Tale Metallic Teal HTPLA

Metallic Team PLA Filament

$5.00 USD

Any good story of the sea comes with a bit of embellishment, but this material needs not embellishing. Our 2nd material, following Galactic Empire Metallic Purple, designed in collaboration with local artist, Rose "Maz" Moore of the creative duo "Maz and Attero" ( or and, yet again named by the community, Mermaid's Tale Metallic Teal HTPLA  captures the shimmer and shine of the sea. It reminds me of scales on a fish, the sun-lit ocean waves, and hand airbrushed fishing lures my neighbor made growing up. Equaled only by Cupid's Crush Metallic Pink in level of sparkle, this Metallic Teal is spectacular!

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Get lured in with the tale of a filament fit for a Mermaid's tail! 

Print with ease

Print with the ease of standard PLA with standard hardware and temperatures, but make fun, mesmerizing prints that stand out. Celebrate good times by printing toys, treasures, and keepsakes. If you want to make a print more fun, just add some metallic pop! Our metallic finish contains no actual metal and has little risk of clogging or wearing your nozzle, and it won't make a glitter mess, but beware the printing is sure to be addictive!  Metallic particles are relatively small but have some orientation effects, giving top/bottom surfaces more shine than sidewall, so have some fun playing with orientation to see how the result changes! We recommend 0.2 mm layers for the best result.

Heat treating

Like our other HTPLAs, Metallic HTPLA can be "Heat Treated"  to increase crystallinity for "Higher Temperature" resistance compared to amorphous PLA, ABS, and co-polyesters like PETG!  Glittler Flake HTPLA prints translucence, but turns opaque when heat treated (or crystallized).  With a more crystalline structure, heat treated HTPLA parts can hold form to near melting, though temperatures where the material is practically useful vary greatly depending on geometry and load conditions!

Improved performance

For this improved the performance, your prints should be baked in an oven until you see a change from translucent to opaque with reduced gloss. This visual change indicating the improved performance! We've  seen the change take place in 5-10 minutes on thin walled parts but can take an hour or more. We've had good luck in a quality, at home convection oven at 110C (225F).  Parts will get very "floppy" before becoming more firm, so please leave supports on your parts or support them and bake them on a flat, non-radiating surface (like glass, ceramic, or composite).

  • Available in 1.75 & 2.85 (3) mm diameter on a 500g diameter recyclable cardboard spool
  • Usable on most PLA-compatible printers, such as Lulzbot, Makerbot, FlashForge, Dremel, Ultimaker, Printrbot, and more!

No abrasive fillers so expect normal wear with standard nozzles.

In our experience, good results were achieved using standard PLA parameters ranging from 195-225C nozzle with standard build surface preparation (blue tape, glue stick, or BuildTak). No heated bed required but up to 60C is okay.  Beware, if the bed temperature is too high, your part base could actually heat treat while printing, increasing warping and decreasing adhesion.  Some shrinkage will occur in the heat treating process, so dimension critical parts may need to be scaled appropriately (as much as 2.5% in our experience).

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Daphne W.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Great product

Your filament is the best i have used and the colors are amazing


Protopasta, Filament by Protoplant

Flattered. Thank you Daphne and enjoy!

Dustin B.
United States United States
I recommend this product

The only thing that could make this Filament better....

Would be if it could tapdance too!! Prints very cleanly, works great at super high or standard pla temps, but most of all, its PRETTY! Highly recommended if you need a gorgeous filament that catches eyes.

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Hahaha, glad it did everything except tap dance ;-) Sparkly filament is so fun and this is one of my all time favorite colors! Take care and enjoy!!!

Daphne W.
United States United States

Great product

Beautiful color


Protopasta, Filament by Protoplant

Yay! Enjoy!!! :-)

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Josh N.
United States United States

Very easy print that hides layer lines

Very easy print that hides layer lines

Barrett M.
United States United States

Would like to retract my previous review.... Stuff is amazing

The issue was obviously with my printer NOT the filament. Having since tuned my machine, this filament prints like an absolute DREAM! Went through an entire Kg and had to have more! One of my favorite colors available.... Now i print at 210 (First layer) 205 after that. Bed at 55.

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