Hi folks, I keep seeing this stuff called "Cloud Clay" at art supply stores, and it doesn't seem to have taken hold in the stop motion community, but it's a new-ish air-dry polymer material similar to Crayola Model Magic. With one difference... It's incredibly STRETCHY. Once dry, it has a foam-like texture and continues to be flexible. It has memory, so you have to wire it to make it poseable- but to my knowledge this is the only air-dry clay that has these properties. You can even bend it back until it touches itself once it's dry and it will not crack or crumble. Fascinating.
So far, the only issue I've found with it is that it will only bend the way it is designed. For example, if you sculpted a long, slender arm that was flat and then you bent the arm and let it dry, once dry it will only bend in the direction it was positioned while it was "wet". So, you would want to make sure to have a strong neutral position with no directional bias when posing the puppet as the material is still soft. Other than that, this clay is cool. If you can get around its stretchiness when attempting to pull off a piece to add to your sculpture, I think you'll find that it has a lot to offer. The lightweight factor alone positions it as something useful to bulk up an armature. You can also cast with it, for all of you who like making molds. Pretty cheap, too, after all that...
https://www.luminsworkshop.com/collections/foam-clay this is Australian, and very expensive to buy In Denmark. Spend 60pounds on one bucket shipped from breaksit UK. 40pounds was shipping, tax and fees.
It's very light! end up weighing like a foam coffee cup. It's difficult to model. But if you roll it out and cut pieces that you then build together, you can make some decent results. Best for hard surface props. Brilliant for doing an armor for instance. If only we could find a non curring material like this!!
I found it on eBay Australia, but the seller is in the US. It's $10 for a 4 oz pack which is ok, but the shipping is another $10, so I would have to pay double. Can't find it locally.
LOL - if you add a reply to a old conversation with 7500+ views it automatically get listed as No 1 this week.
I is no pro aramature maker but if FLXIBLE DRY CLAY is anything like the current "scumvorks" light clay, air-dry foam here in the U.K., (real cheap aimed at kids,) it is great for rigid parts cladding. That's about it. Easy to shape, flexible once dry, mega light but it took 2-3 weeks to start cracking under constant handling. I tried it for cladding ball & socket joints. Just not up tp the rigours of long term moving parts.
As to what makes this week's No 1 "hot topic", I'd say it is good that stuff is highlighted simply based on public engagement regardless of when it was posted. I'd say posts on mo-capture in stop-mo, air drying clay in 2013, or back projection stop-mo techniques in the 1930', are all handy to know about come problem solving in the stuff we do as stop-mo nerds right?
Most other airdry foamclays that I tested will start cracking a lot sooner. I try to prolong the curring time by adding babyoil or glyserol and cover it with a good spray, of transparent matte cardip. But it would be great if we could find or figure out how to make, a non-curring foamclay.
Or better still a really flexible one.
The ultra light weight foam clay that I got from Lumin's workshop, is flexible. I made a 3mm snake-like shape around a wire as a first test - it is still holding up - at least three months later, without any alterrations. But if I shape it around a knee joint it'll crack and snap. If I mix it with babyoil it and spray seal it. It will stay soft, and become like a bag filled with a fluid substance. I have to make more tests, amount of oil. I asked Lumin's workshop if they thought that their way of making the foam clay could be translated into making a light weight clay for stopmotion. The response was "not knowing, interesting, 'll hand it to somebody who might know more".
Has anyone tried to mix silica into plastelina? Or adding other lightweight fillers to wax based clays?