Thinking Putty (also known as Silly Putty
) is a silicone polymer children's toy. Silly putty is fun because it has some unique properties: it is viscoelastic, meaning it can be stretched and shaped and mashed back together again; and as its apparent viscosity increases directly with respect to the amount of force applied (read: it can be torn or shattered with impact). Silly putty is a non-Newtonian viscoelastic polymer, better characterized as a dilatant
fluid. Also, it bounces.
Ok, enough science. I'm sure we've all played with Thinking Putty in our youth, but how about magnetic silly putty?
By adding a ferrous component to an already wacky toy we can keep all characteristics of the original putty, but now have the additional dimension of magnetism! I've seen magnetic thinking putty for sale on otherwebsites
, but I'll show you how you can make your own for a fraction of the price and in about 20 minutes.
Enough talk, let's make some magnetic putty!