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23 Jan 2009 - 13:209998
Model Magic
Heya,
Does anyone have any experience with Crayola's Model Magic? The only thing I know about it is that it's a type of air-drying clay and it's very good. The only place I know of that sells it is Toys R Us [apparently, haven't actually checked since the closest is up in Bristol!] and Amazon.

Can I ask, is it worth the money? I'm using it for sculpting and I've used fimo, das, hot glue and bake and bend sculpey [I'm pretty sure I've used other stuff but they're the main materials I can think of] - Bake and bend sculpey was the best but it did break after a while. I've read that Model Magic could make the same crown I'm after but it's pretty damn expensive! [£15 for a bucket - it's wasted if it's not very good/dries out quickly]

EDIT: Here have a link if you don't know what Model Magic is http://www.amazon.co.uk/Crayola-574400-Model-Magic-Bucket/dp/B000MMR7TS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=toys&qid=1232712540&sr=8-1



Last edited by CrystalNeko (23 Jan 2009 - 13:22) Reason: Link to Amazon page
23 Jan 2009 - 13:229999
Hot darn 15 bones a bucket ^^ thats like proffesional standard prices for alot of materials O_o ive had no experience with it but I cant be much better or worse than fimo can it?


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Last edited by Captain_Marvelous (23 Jan 2009 - 13:24)
23 Jan 2009 - 13:3210001
The overall price is alright since it's 1.2kg where as a packet of fimo which is around 100g is £1.75, Model Magic is a better price in the long run. My main concern is how long it can last even with the lid on. And I'd like to know it's quality level, if it's a good quality product and can be used for a long period of time then I'll probably go ahead and buy it =]

There must be some people out there that have used it D'8


23 Jan 2009 - 13:3710003
I found that, you probs already read it?

Crayola® Model Magic® modeling compound is an exciting, non-toxic modeling material that is easily manipulated and joined to make any form or shape. Remarkably lightweight, clean and resilient, Crayola® Model Magic® modeling compound is non-crumbling and non-staining, and it doesn't cling to skin or room surfaces. It can be attached to plastic, wood, cardboard and other materials. Model Magic® is available in various colors. It is easily paintable after it has dried for 24 hours. Crayola® compound dries to a resilient consistency within 24-36 hours, without kiln firing.


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Last edited by Captain_Marvelous (23 Jan 2009 - 13:38)
23 Jan 2009 - 13:4510005
it's not going to compare to putties like milliput or greenstuff. if you're going to spend that sort of money, i'd just buy 5 packs of milliput. plus milliput is probably way more versatile, easier to smooth, and you can drill/file/sand it after it's dried without it cracking or roughing too much.


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23 Jan 2009 - 14:4910008
Aye I've read the description before, I was after the shelf-life of the product since after a while it should dry up inside the bucket surely.

I've seen Milliput in shops... is it strong when hardened? Because the crown I'm making is thin at some parts, I'll back it up with something but I'm just a tad worried with my bad luck in sculpting ^^; Also, if I sculpt it onto a polystyrene head will it stick to it or not? xD;


23 Jan 2009 - 21:3710017
when it dries it's kinda like a soft stone. for what you're talking about i'd use kneedite greenstuff because it retains a little elasticity, so it will survive being dropped, knocked about, etc.

both of them will stick within reason (greenstuff more than milliput), but nothing a little talc beforehand wouldn't solve.


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24 Jan 2009 - 16:3610033
The bonus of Model Magic is that it's very light. It's not as good for moulding as general polymer clays but if you want something light - for example to wear on your head - then it can be a very good choice. If you don't need it especially light then I'd go for another polymer clay like Sculpey or Milliput.


25 Jan 2009 - 11:1210054
Thanks for the advice guys! =D

I did some research on both Green Stuff and Milliput, I think I'll check out Green Stuff, providing they sell it at my local games/comic shop. If not I KNOW my local craft shop sells Milliput so I'll try it out. If I don't get along with them then I think I'll try and find a small packet of Model Magic somewhere [they have to sell it somewhere on the internet!]


25 Jan 2009 - 18:2810072
Persoanlly I recommend Milliput. It dose come in different types for differnet jobs. I've used it to create jewellery so it would work for you crown. I found the Green stuff not as verstille. I found that I could sand Milliput far easier than the Green Stuff.


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27 Jan 2009 - 20:3410152
Ah, which version of Milliput would be best for jewelery making Seph? ^_^; The three different versions confused me X_x

Here's a ref if your wondering what kind of jewelery I'm after ^^;


28 Jan 2009 - 23:3310184
Hmm, I'm not sure. I used the basic green/grey one for my jewellery project mainly beacause at the time I didn't know there where different types and it worked just fine.

(According to the packaging). You've got your green/grey. For all purpose.

The brown for clay work and other simialr tasks.

Then the white terricota one for delicate stuff like pottery.


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29 Jan 2009 - 00:0210185
Thank you! I think if I do end up trying out Milliput then the green/grey one will be the one I use! =]


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