Review: Foam Putty, Lincraft

A photo taken on a red watermelon slice pillow background of a small plastic, sealed tub of green floam. The tub is round and made from a slightly opaque clear plastic; a sticker sits on the lid reading “Lincraft Foam Putty” in purple text against a white cloud over a photo of various coloured polystyrene beads.

Price: $2 AUD for 35 grams.

No online listing is available, as normal for Lincraft.

Lincraft has both floam and air-dry clay available in a wide range of bright colours for inexpensive prices, and I really like that this floam comes in a sturdy plastic easy-to-open tub. Seriously, the colour choices are fabulous. Red, blue, two kinds of purples, orange. Lots of lovely, bright colours.

The container is fantastic: the lid peels off easily while having a tight, non-leaking seal, while the tub part of the container is made from a thick, sturdy plastic. I’m pretty sure that it’d take determination and intent to break this, making it ideal for stim-bag or backpack use. I wouldn’t worry about this cracking or leaking.

A photo taken on a red watermelon slice pillow background of a small plastic, open tub of green floam. The tub is round and made from a slightly opaque clear plastic; a sticker sits on the lid reading “Lincraft Foam Putty” in purple text against a white cloud over a photo of various coloured polystyrene beads. The putty–a bright dark green filled with tiny white polystyrene beads–is spread over tub and the inside of the lid.

Unfortunately, I can’t recommend the floam inside. It’s meant for crafting–moulding into shapes and allowing to harden–over stimming. It’s exceptionally sticky, meaning there’s no chance of the foam balls getting anywhere and every chance of having five hundred green slime shreds stuck to my fingernails, knuckles and palms. The problem, though, is that it’s getting stickier with every successive usage: the first few times I used it, I could work the stickiness out, which is common with slime–it needs a little kneading to come together. Now I can work it for half an hour and it gets no less sticky, and there’s more and more shreds of slime stuck to my hands afterwards. Nor do the shreds easily come off–trying to pluck them off with a small wad of the floam just leaves more bits on my hands.

While this is cheap and the container is great, the truth is that I’ll reach for my off-brand Thinking Putties over this because I cannot abide the stickiness. Unless you plan to use it for crafting or you like sticky slimes, I wouldn’t bother with this.

Originally posted on @stimtoybox on September 2, 2018.

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