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    Help for a Noobie!

    Ok the title gives it away so I hope theres some useful tips you can offer.

    I live in London so my first question is what is the best clay to use thats easily available to the UK, im budgeting around 50 pounds (approximately $100 at current rates i think) to get going with clay and bought/made (most will be like this) tools. Im going to devote quite alot of my spare summer time to this (along with restoring my bike). Im going to start a Product design course come September and like to think I have a reasonable understanding of form, i also enjoy messing around with things like this so it's not gonna be some flash in the pan hash at it.

    I've read through the Sticky thread by Smellybug at the top, so know where to start with making a base etc. I also understand i need to get an idea, even if its in a very basic form onto paper as reference.

    So basically what Clay is best to get, where do I get it (in London where I live preferrably) or easy (cheap!!!) delivery from the UK/Europe. Bear in mind i have no access at all to a kiln, so household equipment available only. Could Sculpey or similar be put into a Gas oven for instance etc... What tools should i be looking at making. If i dont need to spend the amount of money mentioned then obviously id prefer to be pointed to a cheaper material as my current skill (lack of) will obviously be the limiting factor at first. I have seen the Chavant and Sculpey websites but not any otehrs, are these the ones to use or are their cheaper.

    Sorry for lots of questions and i dont visit this site often so i may take time to reply. Thanks for all the help and the inspiration to get me interested:chug:

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    if you live in london visit
    www.tiranti.co.uk
    they have a full range of things for the sculptor, a good line in tools and clays.
    Sculpt in WEDclay if you can get it (recommended by magic touch) but why not use normal sculpting clay? Its good to practice with just dont let it dry out. Cover the clay with a damp cloth when not working. Its very cheap!
    good luck with things
    Zant

    the difference between the possible and the impossibe is the will of man.
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    Yeah ive been practising with little pieces like that but was after some more professional stuff. Thanks for the tip on Tiranti, i found out about it through the Sculpey site.

    I have found a local shop that sells the small packs of Sculpey for 1.50 so will use them for the time being.

    Thanks for the help though

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