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Comment by Antonio J. Cebrián on May 20, 2015 at 6:24pm

So, you will make a new putty formula? interesting.

About the storing process, I suppose the best will be keep it on original package. Does it? I don't know when will need every colour in the future. It could be years...

Comment by Don Carlson on May 16, 2015 at 1:29am

Thanks, Antonio! I've been waiting for feedback on the clay since I started making it 8 months ago and this means a lot to the research and development aspect.

The clay will last indefinitely, but like any other clay, the petroleum jelly which holds it together will gradually be lost. This does not happen all at once. You literally would have to be handling the same piece for several minutes. If it loses its plasticity when it is warm, just mix a little bit of petroleum jelly (not mineral oil) back in and it will be as good as new. For this reason, you do not want to handle it too much after melting it and pouring it onto plastic because any clay that is liquid loses its moisture when it is very warm. For this reason, I used to throw away a lot of clay, not realizing that I was touching it too soon after it was melted. When I stopped doing that, I was amazed at how well it would have turned out if I had just let it sit until it was cool. So, that's a pro tip for you about clay. People have always wondered what makes clay crumbly, and no one has really addressed it beyond wondering out loud, but that is why it happens. It doesn't mean the clay won't last forever, it just has to be maintained like everything else. When polymer clay becomes brittle, you add oil to it. Nothing wax-based will keep its grease  indefinitely, but you can always add it back in. The difference with Puppet Putty is that when you do that, it doesn't become mushy and sticky. It wish it didn't have to be warm to bend, but an armature helps with that quite a bit. In my every attempt to make it softer, it was not nearly as flexible.

But tonight I had a breakthrough which will address that. I have found the ratio of compensation in the ingredients. This is the missing piece of the puzzle and something I've spent months trying to figure out.

Comment by Antonio J. Cebrián on May 15, 2015 at 5:35pm

I finally got the package!

The first impression is fantastic! I like the feel; it's hard but becomes soft when you handle it, when you leaves it, becomes hard again. This is really a interesting property because it reduces friction damages when you manipulate the puppet and when store it. The other great property is your fingers don't get coloured; this is crucial for avoid color contamination from one puppet to other and in different parts of the same one.

As you commented, it is slightly brighter than normal clay but this gives it a kind of plastic aspect that i like, only lack testing it under lights and camera and see if "cebra marker" doesn't becomes crazy. I think it will not be a serious issue. When I finish next character for my short I will continue reporting.

Any advices about conservation for long periods? I had a bad experience with Newplast 

Comment by Antonio J. Cebrián on May 4, 2015 at 7:28pm

I can not wait to put hands on it (literally) 

Comment by Don Carlson on May 4, 2015 at 3:20am

I feel bad about the white, I was sure some got made, but it was part of an order for a local store. Looking into it, I haven't made any white clay in awhile. I think you'll like it. Every pack gets tested before it ships out and aside from a possible slight variation in hardness due to the type of pigment used, it is consistently useable for sculpting and animation.

Comment by Antonio J. Cebrián on May 3, 2015 at 5:42pm

Well, finally I decided buying a few packs without white.

The shipping price is the same as the clay price. It's a little painful but total is under 50 euros. I think will survive with the weight of this act on my conscience 

Comment by Don Carlson on May 3, 2015 at 3:12am

That's odd... I know I sent some white. There's no white, black, and gray in the store, either. I'll ask about that. It might have gotten deleted by mistake.

Comment by Antonio J. Cebrián on May 2, 2015 at 8:56pm

Excellent!

I only wait white

It is not in the shop yet

Comment by Don Carlson on May 1, 2015 at 3:53am

Marc Spess has figured out a better rate for the international shipping. He said it's about 2/3 of the price he was quoted before.

Comment by Antonio J. Cebrián on April 25, 2015 at 7:43pm

OK. Waiting the arrival to shop

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