Comment by Mike on September 2, 2014 at 9:52am

I've been gone for a while, but I am so happy to see this my first day back to the site. :D just awesome! So when can we start buying some to support your efforts and give it a go ourselves?

Comment by Don Carlson on September 3, 2014 at 10:59am

Not sure, Mike...Depends on if you are willing to put up with a little bit of shininess. The original idea was to have it be matte, but then the clay refused to melt and be pourable. The most matte example I have is not really matte anyway, as the filler is somewhat glossy. So, there's that. I am building up a small inventory and then shipping it out when it reaches its packing quota. Also been side-tracked with going on vacation and doing a custom order when I got back. That one didn't count toward the quota. Also have a friend buying the samples I intended to give away. Some people have a problem with product sitting and not being bought, but mine is just the opposite- this stuff is in demand and I can't keep up with it! Hoping to streamline some of the process so that I can knock the stuff out faster and in a larger quantity. At the moment, it's like mixing and cooking many loaves of bread, one after another all day. I stop after a certain number of batches because the risk of making mistakes goes up once you reach the bleary-eyed state.

Comment by Don Carlson on September 3, 2014 at 11:30am

That 4-pack was a total lark, by the way. It's four re-imagined single packs, if you will. In actuality, it's a pair of scissors and extra packaging. This unfortunately didn't yield enough clay of each color, so I changed the design a little bit and made the bars horizontal, 3 colors per pack. As always, the clay is super lightweight. I'd love to try to get it as light as foam, but some of the ingredients are stuck being the weight they are, so that would pose quite a challenge. At any rate, if you use Puppet Putty on an aluminum foil core,  you can go even lighter...Imagine giant heads on tiny bodies, or big clay sets that weigh almost nothing...Or thinner wires in the arms and legs, making them easier to bend while still supporting the puppet. The biggest problem with clay was always that it was really heavy, and that limited what you could do with it.  Take some of the weight out of the equation, and you're left only with possiblities.

Comment by Mike on September 3, 2014 at 11:39am

Well put me down for a pound!
Does it come in light blue?  

Comment by Don Carlson on September 3, 2014 at 12:10pm

It comes in all colors. A pound? Wowza! That looks like a special order...When you say "pound", do you mean the volume of a normal pound of clay, or do you mean literally 1 pound of puppet putty? I can do a double-batch; that would be about 14oz with the volume of 18.6 ounces. A 7 ounce pack has the volume of 9.31 ounces. I don't have a mold for that much clay, though... But I could sell you two packs of light blue, which would be the same thing.

Comment by Don Carlson on September 3, 2014 at 12:11pm

Comment by John Horabin on September 3, 2014 at 12:44pm

i think I'm going to want to try some of this too Don, in the flesh colour- let me know if you will ship to uk, a single pack...I'm teaching a year long animation course this year for the first time, it would be great to have more cutting edge materials to demonstrate...kudos for getting this together and thinking out of the box.

Comment by Mike on September 3, 2014 at 1:33pm

Perfect color! Well, in that case I will take two. 

Comment by Don Carlson on September 3, 2014 at 1:41pm

I'm actually going to be selling this through Animateclay's Stop Motion Store., just waiting on the mold to make the 3-packs.  You could ask Marc Spess if he can ship to the UK. The plan was originally just to sell single packs colors, and Marc suggested putting out a multi-pack because he thought it would move faster. In the past week, I've gotten 8 or 10 requests for single packs, so that's definitely going to remain an option. 

Comment by Mike on September 3, 2014 at 2:29pm

What'll we do till then!?

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