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April 15, 2013 1:06 PM   Subscribe

Magnetic Putty Magic (Extended Cut)
posted by Blazecock Pileon (33 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
I just got some of this about a month ago from thinkgeek, and I'm amazed at just how much of my life I've wasted not playing with magnetic putty.
posted by Eideteker at 1:23 PM on April 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


Is it weird that I found this kind of viscerally horrifying?
posted by spindrifter at 1:34 PM on April 15, 2013 [3 favorites]


All it needs is a mottled, organic coloration!
posted by the man of twists and turns at 1:40 PM on April 15, 2013


If it were somewhat translucent, such that it could flow over the smooth-featured face of a tiny Lego person, that would be even better.
posted by adipocere at 1:49 PM on April 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


1. What this needs, the man of twists and turns, is a pair of stick-on googly eyes. And maybe the word NOM captioned over it.

2. How do you get the putty off the metal objects when you're done with it? I imagine it's got to be difficult to get every trace of it off the stuff, especially when they've got corrugated surfaces.
posted by JHarris at 2:04 PM on April 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


How do you get the putty off the metal objects when you're done with it?

A stronger magnet, maybe.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:07 PM on April 15, 2013


Need: reverse.
posted by odinsdream at 2:15 PM on April 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Is this a higher quality triple, or do I need a nap?

And odinsdream: reverse.
posted by item at 2:24 PM on April 15, 2013


Is it weird that I found this kind of viscerally horrifying?

Well, at least you didn't find it sexy...
posted by ennui.bz at 2:26 PM on April 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


I own some of this and LOVE it.

JHarris, it comes off the metal object about like normal Silly Putty would. It is strong enough that it sticks together pretty well and will attract to metal objects, but isn't so strong as to be difficult to remove. For example if you placed the magnet under the silly putty (but touching it) the magnet would fall to the floor because gravity is stronger, but if you get about 2-21/2 sides of the magnet covered in the putty it wont fall (partially due to surface friction I think, and partially due to the magnetism).

So a combination of the natural stickiness of silly putty and the magnets make cleaning it off your metal target a breeze.
posted by Twain Device at 2:29 PM on April 15, 2013


How do you get the putty off the metal objects when you're done with it?

I have some and it's easy. Silly Putty sticks to itself pretty well.
posted by DU at 2:34 PM on April 15, 2013


Is this a higher quality triple, or do I need a nap?

I'm not sure about the first link, because of the advertising. But this isn't a double of the second link. Naptime, I guess?
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:36 PM on April 15, 2013


You can purchase this stuff here. More about Non-Newtonian fluids here.
posted by Toekneesan at 2:45 PM on April 15, 2013


I got some of this last winter and had the idea of doing this exact same thing (only mine would have been way less cool using an iPhone 4 camera). Shot some raw test footage and never went further. Note to self: this is what procrastination gets you.
posted by middleclasstool at 2:46 PM on April 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


The post has stayed, so naptime it is.
posted by item at 2:54 PM on April 15, 2013


Yay!
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:57 PM on April 15, 2013


It's all fun and games, until magnetic putty katamaris someone you care about.
posted by markkraft at 3:44 PM on April 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


I have some on my desk at work, with a die-sized magnet inside it. A student looked at it, mouth agape, and then asked me: IS IT ALIVE??
posted by not_on_display at 3:51 PM on April 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


"It was a terrible, indescribable thing vaster than any subway train—a shapeless congeries of protoplasmic bubbles, faintly self-luminous, and with myriads of temporary eyes forming and un-forming as pustules of greenish light all over the tunnel-filling front that bore down upon us, crushing the frantic penguins and slithering over the glistening floor that it and its kind had swept so evilly free of all litter."
posted by FatherDagon at 4:46 PM on April 15, 2013 [4 favorites]


I have to go to the bathroom now.
posted by crazylegs at 5:10 PM on April 15, 2013


Whelp, I'm aroused.
posted by chasing at 5:35 PM on April 15, 2013


Is it weird that I found this kind of viscerally horrifying?

Nope! A++ would haunt my dreams again!
posted by eugenen at 5:55 PM on April 15, 2013 [3 favorites]


Whelp, now I'm in the mood to engulf a magnet.
posted by sebastienbailard at 6:01 PM on April 15, 2013


i knew disco was dead but i had no idea that it had been swallowed by ravenous goop
posted by capricorn at 6:15 PM on April 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


Is it weird that I found this kind of viscerally horrifying?

Nope! A++ would haunt my dreams again!

Not as advertised. Failed to engulf small toddler. Would not buy again.
posted by BlueHorse at 6:52 PM on April 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Want. Would seriously impact my productivity though.
posted by arcticseal at 7:50 PM on April 15, 2013


I bet the visual FX guys would have loved to have had this stuff back before you could do the same thing with CG.

Also, who goes to the trouble to make a video like this and doesn't bother to get some little iron figurines of people, houses, cars, trees, etc.?
posted by straight at 8:30 PM on April 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Definitely needs googly eyes as JHarris said.
posted by The otter lady at 8:40 PM on April 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Someone needs to layer ferro-fluid on top of this putty and then drop a magnet in.
posted by Slackermagee at 12:05 AM on April 16, 2013


Having vats of this stuff on hand would be an effective way of dealing with Terminators once Sky Net becomes self aware.
posted by coolxcool=rad at 1:04 AM on April 16, 2013


I'm pretty sure they've time-reversed the film. Those are anuses pooping magnets.
posted by five fresh fish at 3:28 AM on April 16, 2013


Thinking Putty Store, which seems to have all the colors, including clear.
posted by ZeusHumms at 9:23 AM on April 16, 2013


Reminds me of this Tom Zé album cover - Todos Os Olhos - which I believe is a photograph of a body part not normally seen on album covers. Or otherwise.

Time for some music!
posted by Devonian at 11:42 AM on April 16, 2013


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