BeeSPutty Modelling Clay - (SUMMER FIRM)

£4.75

(This is the 100g pack of BeeSPutty Summer Firm. There are three kinds of BeeSPutty in stock, this 'Summer Firm' version is the firmest version yet, designed to be more resistant to sculpting in warm temperatures, hence the name. For the Gray Firm version, known as BeesPutty Plastic, click here)

If you want to get the discount for multiple packs of Beesputty and also get different packs, no problem, just use the box marked 'Being Difficult?' to tell us which mixture of packs you would like!

The new kid on the modelling putty block! BeeSPutty has been created by sculptor Stefan Niehues-Ellermann to do all the things you've ever wanted a polymer clay to do without the dreadful things that other polymer clays do!

This is a wax-like clay that is soft and stretchy after a few moments of squishing. It sticks straight to a wire armature without the need for a greenstuff layer and does not dry out until you bake it! This means you can take your time and change your mind over and over until you are certain things look how they should.

Note: If you buy multiple 100g packs of BeeSPutty the price comes down. If you want to mix and match, eg have one pack of Gray and one pack of Gray Firm, plese tell us by using the Being Difficult? box above!

BAKING:

You should bake the BeeSPutty at no more than 115c for 10 minutes to 30 minutes to set it. If you bake it at too hot a temperature or for too long it can release gases and oils and basically go nasty on you. So don't. 

(To avoid the cost of using your home oven, why not pop online and buy a halogen oven - they can be found for about £25 these days and need little/no warming up!)

Stefan has provided this FAQ list regarding baking polymer clays:

"FAQ: BAKING ?!? With all polymer puttys you sometimes have that problem with cracks. All polymerputtys have that problem. This often happens if big and small amounds of putty are baked in once or many different materials are involved. Here is my adwise how I do it if I bake my pieces-> If you put the sculpt in an cold oven make sure the sculpt dose not touch any metal part directly. Never put anything direct on the metal baking plate. Heat up the oven to 50-60 °C - keep that temperature for around 10- 15 minutes. After that you can higher the temperature up to 115 °C. Let it bake for 20-30 minutes. Now comes the most critical part. Cracks mostly come if the baked sculpt is cooled down to fast. The sculpt cools down from the outer surface to the core. So the core is more expanded than the outer area. That makes tension in the material, this tension creates cracks. So to prevent this, lower the temperature to 50-60 °C and let it slowly cool down for 30 minutes. Than turn off the oven and do not open it. Let the sculpt cool down until the oven has room temperature and the sculpt also. That can take around 2 hours or more. To make it clear in your mind, its like liquid molten glass is poured into cold water. That is the physics behind the baking process. The best way is rise the teperature as slow as possible and lower it as slow as you could. Complicated geometry, tension in the armature, airpockets and aluminiumfoil cores will also be an indicator for cracks. Hope that helps. For me it worked. If you now have cracks don't worry. Use liquid superglue, fill it in the crack and press it together. Use a fine sanding sponge if necessary..."

Video Tutorials

Studioworx, makers of Beesputty, have a series of Beesputty related video tutorials on YouTube. Find their YouTube channel here (opens in new window)

RECOMMENDED TOOLS

It would be a good idea to buy some proper sculpting tools to use with this clay. We sell those! Andy highly recommends teh double-ended clayshaper tools for use with Beesputty, along with the 12 piece sculpting tool set. These can be found in the list of All Modelling Tools and Putties

The story of BeeSPutty

"My name is Stefan Niehues, I have invented BeeSPutty and here comes the WHY ? I am a sculptor for the toy industry for over 15 years now. I have started working with 2 part epoxy putties. They work fine, but as in my case, may cause skin irritations due to its toxic components. You also have a small frame of time to work, because once the expoxy is mixed together it starts to cure. So I have always been sculpting in a hurry or in small sections. I have tried polymerclays very often but I did not get into it. Let me explain my problem with other polymer putties. Polymer putty is based on PVC. PVC in softener has equal physical properties as cornstarch in water. It's a nonnewtonian fluid (anomalviskos), that's the reason why it's not good for sculpting like a waterbased clay for example. If you put waterbased clay or a soft sculpting wax around an armature and work on its surface with a sculptingtool you only affect the area you are working on with your tool. If you do this with a polymer putty you first will have problems to get it to stick firmly enough to your armature, if you managed that and try sculpting on an area of the surface you will move the whole block of polymerputty around your armature, which is frustrating. With inventing BeeSPutty I have solved both of those problems to a possible maximum. BeeSPutty is a bit sticky, if you have previously conditioned it with your warm hands by kneading, it can be applied directly onto an armature or to itself, cured or uncured. The second thing is I have had the properties of beeswax in mind and tried to get something similar to the sculptingproperties of natural beeswax. I also wanted to have a material, that once baked could also be carved, sanded and polishd in the best possible way. All this is based on the best ingredients I can get to make BeeSPutty Plastic, no compromises on price with fillers or other components. Our goal at StudioworX is the best product for the job. If you get a pack of BeeSPutty Plastic, put the needed amount of BeeSPutty out of the box and condition it by kneading it with your warm hands until you feel the wonderful plasticity, now you're good to go and can just start your project. For sculpting always use an armature e.g. aluminium wire fixed to a cork or wooden base. That makes it easier for you to handle the sculpt. You can smooth your sculpture using petrolium jelly (Vaseline/Melkfett). Just put a little bit on the back of your „nontool“ hand. That will warm it up to body temperature, apply it in very small amounts with a tool or a smooth brush. To cure, bake BeesPutty in an oven at 115°C and leave it inside until it has cooled down to room-teperature. That will prevent cracking. BeeSPutty can also be baked several times, should you like to work in layers, just repeat the previous steps from the baking instruktions. The baked and cooled sculpture can be easily polished with a smooth brush to get a shiny, wax-like finish. Enjoy sculpting with BeesPutty!"

 

 

 


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