WHY IS PAL TIYA SO COOL?
and why is it great for outdoor sculptures?
1. No kilns needed.
2. Easy to use, especially for beginners.
3. Pal Tiya Premium is directly sculpted. No molds necessary.
4. Extremely weatherproof, designed for both indoors and outdoors.
5. Allows rich surface detail.
6. Achieves dynamic and delicate shapes.
7. Economical for professionals.
8. Makes steel/chicken-wire armatures unnecessary.
9. You can build remarkably large and strong sculptures.
10. Your piece can be altered or added to months later.
11. No fancy equipment or chemicals, and all the space they require.
So, for us, it also came down to a simple question,
"Can I make something at home, then keep it outside?". TOTALLY!
Here is a graphic comparison, especially for you Prop-Makers out there.
Sculpt, mold, jacket, cast, etc...
...or sculpt in Pal Tiya, DONE!
How do we compare? Here's the other materials we've tried...
Are you kidding?! Out of the question! We kept tripping over the cat as we moved the 1300 C boiling metal crucible off the stove top.
Regrettably, it will disintegrate in the presence of the morning dew. Rain is out of the question, and snow is impossible.
Time consuming, difficult. A modest sculpture can weigh as much as an engine block, mistakes are difficult to repair.
Needs welding equipment ($$$) and welding in my apartment is discouraged. RUSTS.
Time consuming, difficult to do subtle human figures well, repairs and alterations are difficult.
(A bonus; the unsuccessful sculptures can still be used to heat the house).
We LOVE Plasticine. It's fun watching creations melt outside in the hot sun. "I'm Meltiinng! What a world, what a worrlld!".
Toxic! ($$$) The heavy chemical smell will seriously upset your mom/ neighbors/local militia.
Heavy and fragile, requires a kiln (highly specialized to use, expensive, and needs a dedicated space) There is a definite size limitation too. Beloved pieces randomly explode.
Requires molds ($$$), often highly toxic, specialized equipment, The safety sheets can be scarier than Steven King novels.
Can be very strong and can go very large. Fragile by itself, it requires steel/chicken-wire armatures. Very thin delicate-as-a-teacup details are unlikely to survive. Might need welding; see "Steel".
Sculpey, Fimo, Premo, etc.
Indoor only ($$$), small figures only, less than a foot tall. Cower in fear of being left outdoors.
Plaster, Hydrostone, Gypsum
Dissolves within a year in the weather becoming a poetic metaphor for the "Relentless Advance of Time on mortal objects".
We've found it's totally brilliant for making replicas of Devil's Tower Wyoming.