"Hybrid clay" sculpting medium

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Stephen Tashi
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What is the history of "hybrid clay" as a sculpting medium? What are some recipes for it?

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I gather that special effects artists sometimes use a sculpting medium called "hybrid clay". (Unfortunately, web searches about it are impeded by the use of the term "hybrid clay" as a hair conditioning product. Sellers of sculpting materials do use the term - e.g. https://shop.sculpt.com/modeling-compounds/wax-based-hybrid-clay/ )

The one recipe I've found for a hybrid clay:

uses oil based modeling clay combined with paraffin and beeswax. This sounds like a medium that sculptors could have made hundreds of years ago. Did they use such media? What are some other recipes for it?
 
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Stephen Tashi
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It does give many hits about clays, but I see none about "hybrid clay" in the sense of heat sensitive modelling clay that, when hot enough, can be cast.

A popular DIY topic is "cold porcelain" which is a non-reusable air drying clay made from white Elmer's glue and corn starch. I haven't tried it yet. From videos, it appears to be more like "Play Dough" than a modeling clay.

Polymer Clays are hardened by heating them. Recipes for "cold porcelain" are often touted as DIY polymer clay, but I think the two are fundamentally different media.
 
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What you are referring to here is actually filled modelling wax. Modelling wax has been around for thousands of years. Using an inert filler like powdered clay or talc isn’t an especially surprising development either. Referring to it as hybrid clay appears to be a modern marketing gimmick.
Search for modeling wax and you will find all you need including the casual mention of filled modelling wax.
 
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The stuff I remember from my late 1950's childhood was called plasticine if memory serves (of course I can't remember what I had for lunch....). Definitely petroleum based and non-hardening.
 
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I think for searches the problem is with the word hybrid, you get all sorts of results for sculptures of hybrid animals and now someone uses the name for a hair dressing.

The term could just mean any sort of artificial clay mix and there are lots of those you can buy or make.

A lot of hobby shops sell a variety of air drying modelling clays often with different features to get specific effects, Daz is a popular one.

Most I've seen are polymer clay's but there are also some based on epoxy – Magic Sculpt or Apoxie Sculpt

Then there are the Home made clay's.

You tube is the place to look.



 
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