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Question about modeling compounds ie: Play Doh

  1. Feb 21, 2010 #1
    I'm making something I can rest a camera on, face down, that needs to hold it in the same position upon being taken out and put back in. The camera has a "streamline" type design so I've decided to use some sort of molding that will fit its contours. I am at a loss as far as knowing what compound should be used for this.

    In short, I'm looking for a compound with the consistency of clay that isn't too sticky and will harden in less than a day without changing shape significantly, and stay that way for at least a year.

    thanks
     
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  3. Feb 21, 2010 #2

    lisab

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    Well you could try http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sculpey" [Broken], if you have access to an oven. It's great stuff, easy to work with, plus it comes in all sorts of colors.

    It's available at arts and crafts stores.
     
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  4. Feb 21, 2010 #3
    hey you're about to have 1000 posts
     
  5. Feb 21, 2010 #4
    I'm not too sure about putting that stuff in my oven, sounds unhealthy
     
  6. Feb 21, 2010 #5

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    Wow, I am! Too bad posts in GD don't count, I'd be way over 1000 by now.
     
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    Nice :smile:.

    Well Capt., if you're concerned about toxicity, you can consult the company's web site.

    http://www.sculpey.com/faq/safety" [Broken]

    But if you still are skeptical there's an alternative that I've used in my lab, for when I need a "thingy" of a certain shape (wedge, shim, spacer...that sort of thing). I take a large piece of aluminum foil and scrunch it into what I need. I use a small hammer to densify it so it's not too flimsy. Of course it won't hold a lot of weight, but for a cheap, quick "thingy" it sometimes does the trick.
     
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  9. Feb 21, 2010 #8

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    Go to a hobby shop, they'll have whatever you need, but it it remains soft, you'll have to do a bit of reshaping everytime you replace the camera, obviously.
     
  10. Feb 23, 2010 #9
    aluminum foil, should have thought of it myself
     
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