Comment by Don Carlson on July 29, 2014 at 2:48pm

It's not cheese, but I did just buy some cheese! Sharp Cheddar. :)

Comment by Lemz Media on July 29, 2014 at 7:04pm

It looks nice don. Now if only I could get my hands on some ham. j/k.

I does look pretty neat. Maybe it would be better if it looks air tight.Like decompressing air inside the bag.

I could help with the box design if you want :D.

Comment by JoyOfAnimation on July 29, 2014 at 8:18pm

Hey Don, I'll take that off your hands for you.

Great job.

Comment by StopmoNick on July 29, 2014 at 9:57pm

That's not cheddar, it's Red Leicester!  

How about a more neutral, beige/flesh colour, for sculptors or people animating human puppets with clay heads?  I remember years ago when I got a props buyer to get me some plasticine for sculpting some prosthetic noses for the makeup dept, and I said the colour wasn't important because I would be making a mould from it, but he got this really bright green.  And it was really hard to judge the look of the noses when I sculpted them on the plaster face casts because of that colour.  This bright orange would be almost as bad.  Great for animating oranges, but not so good for human characters.

Just wondering, what does it look like with no colouring?  What is it's natural colour?

Comment by Don Carlson on July 30, 2014 at 8:25am

Lemz- thanks, man! Not thinking about a box because it's important to be able to see the color,  but probably more like some kind of plastic wrapper/bag. Cellophane? It would be nice to have a reusable bag to put it in, but these are a bit too big. Never liked those disposable wrappers that just get bigger and bigger the more clay you use out of them. Since childhood, I've stored clay in ziplock bags. That keeps out dust and hair and other nasties pretty nicely.

Stamp- Maybe you could test some and give feedback!

Nick- Cool idea! For some reason, I thought it should be a whole line of different colors. But Flesh does seem to be in very high demand. That will be a priority.

Natural color is almost pure white. I can tint it a cream color though, if you prefer that over Flesh. Got Flesh too.

Because this is classed as a polymer clay, it can not be melted to liquid. But it can be softened enough to tint or mix colors together. It does have one achilles heel, though- don't get it wet! Water ruins the material. In a way that can work as an advantage, because if you get some on your fingers, it will come right off with water and a paper towel. Not sure how it would fare in clothing. It is not particularly staining on your hands. Colors are bright but not so intense that they create glare when being photographed. Two colors will rub off on each other- there seems no way around that. But at least they don't come off on your fingers, which limits the degree of hassle when working with white next to black on a puppet.

Comment by Don Carlson on July 30, 2014 at 9:18am

Comment by Don Carlson on July 30, 2014 at 10:36pm

Flesh!

Forgot to mention- this will never dry out or harden, despite water being a solvent for it. It can be frozen, however, which will make it as hard as Chavant for several minutes. You can spot-freeze it with a can of computer duster held upside down, as well. In most cases, you won't need to. It does have a variable softening point, but it's a narrow range and stops well before it becomes liquid. The reason for that is to accommodate the different seasonal temperatures from Winter to Fall. Like Newplast, it's not as heat-sensitive as Van Aken. Unlike both, it's not greasy or chalky. This is not Plasticine or Plastalina,  but a new hybrid resulting from a dissatisfaction with what was available for animation. Were it not for OCD, it probably wouldn't exist...There are clays that are similar, but none have all of the same properties.  It took four years to get this right. I started working on it in Spring of 2011. The first attempts were pretty terrible.

Comment by Lemz Media on July 30, 2014 at 10:55pm

Ooh. that's smooth. so umm... I think you mentioned before that it hardens like rubber?

Comment by Don Carlson on July 31, 2014 at 12:12am

It doesn't harden at all. Non-drying, non-hardening. It has a variable softening point, but it's very narrow. That was to make it firm enough to scupt with but, with the heat of your fingers, flexible enough to bend.

Comment by Lemz Media on July 31, 2014 at 12:33am

Ooh. I became excited for that just now. :D

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