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Plasticine
confusedsoul at 5:35AM, Feb. 2, 2009
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I created a stop motion animation using Play Doh, and while i liked the softeness of it it dried out too quickly and picked up dirt very rapidly. The two previous models I used have been obliterated by being bounced around their original container, so I was hoping to remeake them.

Any people out there know a good plasticine type to use for claymation? I've noticed a lot of sites sell plasticine cheaply but then add an extra cost to the shipping charge so I'm still effectively paying £10 for two pieces. it would be great to find a large amount on offer too.
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Custard Trout at 9:42AM, Feb. 2, 2009
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You're best off finding a hobby shop to buy it from, it's much cheaper that way. Of course, you then have to drag it home.

As for type, I've never noticed a big difference between brands, so personally, I don't think it matters. If you're that worried, though, your best bet is getting actual Plasticine (a lot of people don't realise that Plasticine is a brand name, the actual term is modelling clay).
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Hyena H_ll at 10:19AM, Feb. 2, 2009
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This might sound odd- but try adding a bit of oil to your play-doh, if you're budget-minded. It'll keep it from drying out. I don't know if it'll work, but it's worth a try. We make our own plasticine for mold-making from clay and motor oil, but that's a bit more industrial. ;)
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lba at 11:06AM, Feb. 2, 2009
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Sculpey is a fairly cheap brand of modeling clay. It costs about $12( US, I don't know where you live. ) and is pure white, gray or red. You can dye the white stuff to get a bit of variance and it doesn't dry unless baked in the oven. You can also paint it with water colour while it's wet.

And if it seems like it's expensive, keep in mind that it's something you'll be able to use over and over again.
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confusedsoul at 9:40AM, Feb. 4, 2009
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Uh ok. The craft shops near where I live only sell plasticine for kids, so it's in tiny strips and more expensive then it really deserves. I ended up bulk buying white from a fibre glass company adn had to get black online.

Thanks for the information, though.
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Bittenbymonk at 11:33AM, Feb. 4, 2009
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the best stuff to go for, if you're uk based, is ‘Lewis Newplast’ you can pretty much get half a kilo for £2.50 .
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