What kind of Clay do you use?

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10 months 4 weeks ago #1368 by johnken424
Hi John here,

I've been using Van Aken Clay for my stop motions but it is increasingly frustrating when the dye ends up on my fingers. The constant washing of it is frustrating because not everything comes off. This eventually leads me to transferring a blue color to my yellow clay. What kind of clay do you use to avoid this or what sort of cleaning agents do you use to prevent clay color transfer?

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10 months 3 weeks ago #1369 by animateclay
Hi John, that's a very common problem. There are a few solutions. One is to constantly wash your hands in-between color changes. What I used to do is take some mineral oil and get it on my finger tips until it melted the clay residue a bit. Then I would wipe my fingers on a paper towel. You can also use rubbing alcohol - the higher the concentration of alcohol the better and do the same thing. Baby wipes are another option which are convenient but more expensive to keep using.

Then there's Puppet Putty. It's designed for animators so it doesn't transfer colors to your hands as you animate. We're almost out, but you might consider it for your future projects. The inventor Don Carlson is working on a new formula that sounds even better than the current version, which he says doesn't crack ever when you bend it. But I'm not sure when that may be released. www.stopmotionstore.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=50_51

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10 months 3 weeks ago #1370 by johnken424
Thank you for the advice! I'll do the mineral oil and rubbing alcohol method. I already bought a ton of van akken clay and can't get myself to buy a new brand of clay. But i'll keep puppet putty in mind for the future as I run out! Thank you! :)

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