Recently, pcPolyzine was introduced to Arnold Goldman, the President of The Cosclay Company, Inc., who wanted to share more about Cosclay. Here's what we learned about Cosclay:
pcPolyzine: What is Cosclay?
Arnold: Cosclay is a specialized, hybrid, plastic/rubber polymer clay that is colorfast and will retain flexibility after curing. Unlike other polymer clays, Cosclay's unique flexibility imparts a durable and resilient quality that is suitable for endless applications. This includes stop-motion characters, posable figures and much, much more! The possibilities are truly endless.
pcPolyzine: How did Cosclay get started?
Arnold: Just after graduating high school, I began working in a physical science testing lab as a plastics technician where I started learning about compounding various polymers. During that period, I began thinking about polymer clay and if it might be possible to create one that cured flexible instead of rigid.
During my summers in the lab, I never had the opportunity to experiment, but I still never stopped thinking about the concept. It wasn't until decades later that I began to delve back into the idea in a serious way. After seven years of serious R&D, Cosclay was finally brought to life.
pcPolyzine: What can you make with it?
Arnold: Almost anything you can think of. Flexible art of any kind imaginable.
pcPolyzine: Do you bake Cosclay to finish your project?
Arnold: Yes. It bakes at 275°F for 30 minutes per quarter inch.
pcPolyzine: Can you sand and/or polish your Cosclay creation?
Arnold: Yes, but wet sanding is better because of the flexibility which creates a certain amount of drag on the surface. The wet sanding reduces drag and makes sanding a lot easier.
pcPolyzine: Can you paint Cosclay? If so, is there a particular type of paint that works best?
Arnold: Some acrylics, pastels, and Genesis Heat Set paints work very well on Cosclay. You can also add mica powder and color it intricately.
pcPolyzine: Can Cosclay be used to create traditional polymer clay techniques such as canes?
Arnold: Absolutely. And the pieces remain highly flexible. It works well for many of the traditional polymer clay techniques like canes, makume gane, and skinner blends.
pcPolyzine: What's the best way to condition Cosclay?
Arnold: You can condition it by hand, but we have found that a small food processor can do it in short order.
pcPolyzine: What Cosclay colors are currently available?
Arnold: We currently have 13 colors: Red, Yellow, Blue, Black, White, Orange, Violet, Green, Faerie Light, Angelic Rose, Warm Beige, and Beaut Brown. More colors and translucent are expected to be introduced in the near future.
pcPolyzine: Is there anything else you'd like our readers to know about Cosclay?
Arnold: It's worth noting that despite its limited availability, Cosclay has gained a large and loyal following because of its unique properties. We are really excited to see what happens when it is finally released to artists around the world. On May 11th, our sister company, The Monster Makers, Inc. will be hosting our Worldwide Kick-off Sale. These packages include surplus material that was originally created for our Kickstarter campaign last fall.
We have seen so many incredible creations so far and look forward to sharing them on social media pages through our Cosclayer of the Day spotlight. Thanks to Cosclay's unique flexibility, artists are finally unrestricted when it comes to polymer clay. Now they can explore to their heart's content without the fear that their work will become damaged if it gets dropped or shipped. Not only is Cosclay shatterproof and crack resistant, but pieces beg to be touched and handled. For the first time, polymer clay artists can create with confidence!
pcPolyzine: Arnold, thank you for taking time to share a little bit about Cosclay with us and we're excited to begin creating flexible polymer clay creations!
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