It was then that I discovered... Newclay Air Dough.
The little pot on the left was £3.00. The bag down behind it was £11 for 4 times the amount...
This stuff is pretty damn cool and pretty damn cheap. And for me, cheap is definately a deciding factor. (... I might make a GW negative post at some point out of frustration to explain...). Its a very light air-drying clay that would be exceptionally suitable for nursery schools (or Kindergartens for you americans out there)... As you might have told from the art on the front of the pot.
I played around with it for a while. You can mould it straight off and it dries in about 8 hours at room temperature. Theres a little warping, which is a shame but isnt too bad if you arn't expecting brilliance from something that costs £3 a tub.
Little car. Yes, its rubbish, but i'm not great with hand crafting yet...
Took two peices of air clay and mixed paint in with them. Sadly, i think mixing in the paint weakens the clay itself and causes those stretch-splits you can see there.
And a bunch of rocks. Yes, i'm aware one looks like a willy. Very adult of you
So yeah. I played around a lot with the potentials and limitations of the stuff. It dries almost like a weird paper mache pulp almost and is incredibly light. You can paint on it with Citadel Miniature Paints just fine and it holds the paint without a need for a Primer.
All in all, pretty good stuff.
Next, i'll cover my experiments with Silli and the awesome stuff i managed by combining the two in my craft projects...