It's like epoxy clay, but easier.
February 22, 2012 12:00 AM Subscribe
Please help me remember a crafty-type material I saw in a web article a month or two ago. It's some kind of plastic that comes in pouches, in various fairly deep colors, and apparently permanently hardens some time after being exposed to air.
posted by Malor to media & arts (14 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I've been searching online, and it sounds a little bit like 'epoxy clay', which I might fall back on for my little project if I can't figure out what I saw last month. But epoxy clay needs mixing, where the stuff I saw appears to sets up permanently some time after opening, without being mixed or heated. I don't think a thermoplastic will suit, as I plan to use this outside, in direct sunlight in a fairly hot climate. I suspect it would soften again during the summer. I'd rather have something that sets once, and is permanent.
It looks like epoxy clay would work, so if you have no idea what I'm talking about, any recommendations for a good brand would be appreciated.
The specific features I'm hoping to find:
Shapable by hand, ideally bare hands, but I can wear gloves if necessary
Something roughly the consistency of Play-Doh, or maybe a bit thicker, enough to hold a shape on its own.
Adheres well to plastics... metals too, if possible.
Dries hard, stiff, and strong. 24 hours is okay. 3 hours would be perfect.
Largely immune to sun, wind, and water.
Preferably, comes in white or off-white.
From what I can tell, epoxy clay should do all these things, but if I'm wrong, please let me know. I'm not sure the substance I saw actually suits that list of needs, but since I can't remember what it was, I can't check.
For reference, the article I saw the Mystery Substance in might have been about a PC case-mod of some kind. There was a picture of the stuff that had been shaped around a camera to give it a light screen... it looked fairly silly, but functional.
Thanks in advance for any pointers you might have. I hope someone out there has a better memory than I do, or at least has some expertise with epoxy clays. :-)