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Posted by Megatron37, on 2003-06-20 17:48:41

Good clay for props...

hey guys. has anyone tried using this clay Marblex? it's a firm water based modeling clay that self dries. you dont have to bake it, just let it sit at room temperature for a day or so. it's a pretty good clay but it shrinks as it dries so you cant put it over an armature or anything like that but i was thinking it would be great for making background props such as rocks, logs, things of that nature... and i suppose you could use it to get nice textures on grounds, walls, etc. well, just thought i'd throw that out there in case anybody was looking for a good material to use for that sort of thing.

Posted by Jeff Mahon, on 2003-06-20 18:11:51

Hey Anthony, I just bought a five pound block of Marblex at my local Ben Franklin Craft store. I did a small sculpt just to see how it dried and it did pretty well. It's soft and pliable, and you can use water to smooth it out. It dried to a smooth rock like texture in a couple of days and it's lightweight and I didn't notice too much shrinkage. I could see using it for rocks and maybe stone/brick buildings. Have you looked into trying Magic Sculpt? http://www.magicsculpt.com Jeff

Posted by Antony, on 2003-06-21 00:16:10

Marblex is nice to work with. There is also a good reddish terracotta version called Mexican pottery clay. Antony

Posted by Megatron37, on 2003-06-21 18:11:50

yeah i guess it is more of a softer clay. i must just be used to working with Sculpey which is super soft and hard to work with (for me anyway). about it shrinking, that's just what it said on the box but perhaps it's only a little. and no i havent tried that Magic Sculpt. what's it like? i'm pretty new to sculpting and havent yet had a chance to try different types of clay.

Posted by Jeff Mahon, on 2003-06-21 19:00:31

I haven't tried Magic Sculpt yet, but from what I've heard on other forums, it's the best stuff out there. Jeff