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November 3, 2010 6:59 PM Subscribe
Can I craft homemade toys out of casein
? If not, what should I use? If so, how can I finish them so that they'll last?
posted by grar to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (4 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I would like to make my precocious three-year-old nephew some fantastical figurines for Christmas. I'm looking for a substance that will be (ideally) easy to work with, non-toxic, and durable when set. Casein seems like a good solution, but I'm concerned it might be too brittle, or somehow go "off" after a while and start smelling nasty. Is there something that could be added to avoid either of these? I'm assuming these things may be dropped, kicked, left in a hot car, and possibly chewed by two or three species of mammals, so I'd just like them to last as long as reasonably possible under those circumstances. Can you reassure me or point me in a better direction?
Also: I plan to color the substance before forming the figurines, but is there a non-toxic variety of paint I could use after sculpting to add details? And is there any non-toxic sealant that could be slathered on top of that to keep things looking nice for a week or so at least? Thanks in advance!