Thinking Putty

Bend me, shape me, any way you want me

Thinking Putty

Bend me, shape me, any way you want me

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Stretching the Thinking Putty

Stretch it!

Thinking Putty's unique properties mean it doesn't react quite like any other substance known to man. Thinking Putty will bounce, but with enough force it will also shatter. Thinking Putty will stretch, but you can also tear it. Thinking Putty can even be made to snap. As David Coleman used to say, "Quite remarkable".

Thinking Putty is completely unique and now, thanks to Firebox, you can own a tin packed with around 90g of the stuff, ready to put to work for whatever cause you see fit.

Remember: there's very little that can't be achieved with a tin of Thinking Putty and the bare minimum of effort:
  • It bounces...
  • It stretches and squishes...
  • It lifts print from newspapers...
  • It snaps, crackles and pops...
  • It shears and tears...
  • It melts and drips...
  • It even shatters!


Thinking Putty is perfect for stress and tension relief, as a desktop or office toy and as a cure for boredom. Watching people react to Putty is truly a unique experience. Maybe you just look at it, hesitant to touch something that might be "sticky" or "gooey". Perhaps you aren't comfortable playing with a toy in front of your workmates? Eventually, though, your subconscious wins over, it'll be in your hands, and you'll never put it down! Squeezing, stretching, and shaping. You won't even realize it's there! As it melts your stress away your creative potential will be unleashed!

...Once you pick Thinking Putty up, you won't put it down.

Thinking Putty is available in several different types, click each title to find out more:

Emerald Green
Electric Blue

Oil Slick

How does it do that?!
Thinking Putty is a dilatant compound, (which means it becomes solid under the influence of pressure), and it displays four different properties on four different time scales:
  • At very long timescales, it behaves like a liquid spreading out onto a flat surface.
  • At moderate timescales, Thinking Putty stretches like a plastic solid.
  • At short timescales, it bounces like an elastic solid.
  • At very short timescales (the impact of a high-speed projectile), Thinking Putty simply shatters.
The complicated answer to all this: click here.

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Please note:
  • 3" Thinking Putty ships in tins of around 45g (1.6 ounces), is made in the USA and is non-toxic.
  • 4" Thinking Putty ships in tins of around 90g (3.2 ounces), is made in the USA and is non-toxic.
  • Thinking Putty is not recommended for use by small children (3 years and under) as it may present a choking hazard. Thinking Putty should not contain nuts, but you never know these days, do you?

Thinking Putty Ranges:

  • Electrics
    Electrics Thinking Putty is an energetic ocean of marbelised 'electrified' swirls!
    - Available in Emerald Green, Electric Blue and Lapis.
  • Metallics
    Metallics Thinking Putty looks like molten metal in your hands with its deep colour and high gloss. The ultimate executive toy
    - Available in Gunmetal Graphite and Bronze.
  • Originals
    Originals Thinking Putty has fantastically bright and seamless colour! It literally does what it says on the tin!
    - Available in Red and Pink.
  • Illusions
    Illusions Thinking Putty looks its best in direct sunlight but are specially designed so that even under office lights the endless colour play keeps your eyes guessing and your mind whirling for HOURS and HOURS!
    - Available in Oil Slick, Lava and Scarab.

  • Frequently Asked Questions:

    Q: What am I supposed to do with Thinking Putty?
    A: There are so many potential uses we couldn't possibly list them all, but here is a suggestion to start with: Bring your new Thinking Putty to work and leave it on your desk. You'll find yourself tearing off a handful and using it to relieve stress while your brain ponders infinite creative possibilities. Soon after, you'll find your own unconscious energies breaking through - creativity you didn't even know you had.

    Sculptures and Dali-esque designs will flow from your own hands and work may even be transformed into... fun.

    Q: If I bring the Thinking Putty to work, will people think that I am incredibly cool?
    A: Yes, they will. We (almost) guarantee it. Your coworkers will most likely try to steal some Thinking Putty off your desk. Thinking Putty in the hands of others creates uncontrollable and insane jealousy. Perhaps they will try to befriend you and weasel their own adult-size handful of putty from your personal supply.

    Q: Then what happens?
    A: Eventually you will probably want to order more Thinking Putty to feed the habits of yourself and your co-workers. (This is's plan for world domination). Shortly afterwards, you will become a self-proclaimed monarch of a new Thinking Putty fiefdom. Your office will begin to look like a Dali workshop with Thinking Putty dripping from the ceilings. The unleashed and unbridaled creative force of your workplace will make you all unstoppable.

    Q: Is that true?
    A: Well, you'll develop stronger hands at least. The rest is up to you and your imagination. Buy some Thinking Putty and see for yourself!

    Customer Reviews

    Whats happened to most of the colours? are you just trying to sell the remaining stock before discontinuing this product? or are you buying more when you do sell them?
    Samuel Leece - 28th October 2012
    Firebox says: Sorry Samuel what we have left is all we have, we wont be getting this back in after they have all gone.
    Is 4 size small and 3 size big?
    Oliver - 29th September 2012
    Firebox says: Hey Oliver, the 3" and 4" refers to the diameter of the tins in inches. The 4" being the larger weighing 90g and the 3" being smaller at 45g. Hope this helps!
    Sounds great, but when will the Lava be back in stock?
    Gavin Lynch - 16th February 2012
    Firebox says: Hi Gavin unfortunately the lava version is out of stock and has been discontinued.
    Are some of them magnetic because I saw on youtube magnetic thinking putty?
    Adam - 12th December 2011
    Firebox says: Hey Adam, none of these are magnet but you can buy the Magnetic Thinking Putty here ->
    Hi Firebox! When will the other colours (and the illusions putty) be back in stock???
    Bashie0101 - 22nd November 2011
    Firebox says: Hi Bashie, we are expecting new colours very soon, hopefully by the end of the month.
    I read a review on thinking putty that the tub is almost empty and now I'm wondering if I should buy some or not. The pictures above show the thinking putty tubs are filled to the brim - is this false advertisement? Or are the tubs actually filled that much?
    Tom - 28th September 2011
    Firebox says: Hi Tom, it certainly wasn't our intention to falsely portray this product. The putty does look like it fills the tub in the photos where it shows the different colour variants next to each other. This is because the putty has been put into the lid so we can show more of it. Rest assured that there is more than enough putty to play around with!