What a long weekend! I tackled a few projects and have hardly a thing to show for it: tending to the yard, the boy, got in touch with Smooth-On (about the mold making products), and found a bunch more questions about the inner workings of this website.
YES, I finally head back from Smooth-On… kinda. I hate that I had to break shitty with them to get somewhere, but I swear sometimes it seems like the only way. It turns out my biggest issue with mold making was… sulfur in the clay.
I am shocked! Roma Plastillina is the clay I’ve been using. It says nothing about sulfur anywhere on the packaging. At my local art store no one knows anything about it. There’s no mention of sulfur on any of the website where it’s sold including Sculpturehouse.com (the website on the packaging). What the package does say is this, “the favorite of schools and sculptors the world over.” To me it sounds like THE ideal stuff, and certainly would mention sulfur if it were an ingredient, right? Wrong. What shocks me is that you have to dig so deep to find out what seems to be important general information about the clay.
Is it really an unspoken rule of thumb that if the package doesn’t mention it, it’s probably in there?
Here we go, Prima. “Sulfur-Free.” In fact, you can smell the difference. Now, I was joking before with that line about the rule of thumb. The REAL tip for you is to check out the smell of Roma Plastilina if you get a chance. It’s not the offensive rotten egg smell of sulfur, but there is a distinct odor. Whether or not the package says there’s sulfur in it, you’ll be able to smell the difference. As far as my previous rule of thumb goes, I don’t think you can assume there are nails in your cereal just because the box doesn’t say so.The dumbest part is that I discovered all this as I was writing out the e-mail of questions to the folks over at Reynolds Advanced Materials. They’re located in Orlando and hold classes on mold making and everything! I wish I could justify the trip, but it’s a 4 hour drive from Ft. Lauderdale, where I am. Maybe next time we take a trip to the theme parks up there I can plan a little detour. I sent other questions to them, but it wasn’t until I started that e-mail when I found a little blurb in a Puppetry Forum about there being some sulfur in Roma Plastilina.
I had to give the new clay a try and I’m happy to say that I’m feeling really optimistic about this one:
If you’d like to, cross your fingers though… I’d appreciate it.