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What is an Inclusion?
An ‘inclusion’ is a chunk of partially cured silicone that will hold its shape when mixed into ‘wet’ silicone. It’s the only way (besides hand painting) to get super specifically-shaped objects nested into a toy.
Presently, I’m only offering inclusion pours in soft and medium silicone.
There’s a gallery of different inclusions with some basic info below.
Are they safe?
If done correctly, yes. Theoretically, there is a risk of delamination (silicone peeling apart from previously cured silicone), but as long as the inclusions are embedded into the toy in a timely manner (between ~8-24 hours) and don’t have mold release on them, this risk is minimal. Couple that with the fact that they’re encased within a layer of cured silicone, the risk factor is pretty low.
To minimize risk, I use molds that don’t require release agent (most of which I make myself, muahaha) and use the inclusion within 1-3 hours of pouring it.
All inclusions in my shop are made of the same silicone as the main toy and uses the same pigments as regular pours.
Some inclusions with high part counts (looking at you Opals) have a higher risk of delamination due to the number of little pieces being embedded and the amount of handling required to prepare the inclusions.
What is ‘Regular’ and ‘NC’ silicone?
I have 2 ‘clarities’ of silicone available: the ‘regular’ stuff which has been around forever and has a cloudy appearance, and ‘NC’ (short for ‘Near Clear’) silicone which is similar in firmness but much more transparent.
For the best visibility of the inclusions, I suggest using NC for the pours, as the inclusions will show up much better. The shore hardness of NC is denoted on this page by a number after the ‘NC’.
More info on NC can be found here (soft) and here (medium; still working on the writeup)
What is an ‘Obligate NC Pour’?
It’s when a particular inclusion must be ordered with NC silicone, or not at all.
Certain colors or styles of inclusion don’t show up well, if at all, in regular silicone and will only be offered in NC silicone. Obligate NC Pours are noted below and in their respective listings.
How are they priced?
Prices are a percentage added onto the base price of a toy – this accounts for the different number of inclusions needed for an XL toy vs. a ravioli squishy.
Certain inclusions that are Obligate NC pours have the price of the Near Clear built into the price to ensure the NC cost is included in the purchase price.
What’s the availability on these?
Pre-made inclusion pours might pop up on the site now and then, and inclusion customs will be offered occasionally. All inclusions will not be offered all the time and some designs will only be offered seasonally.
Information about inclusion customs can be found here.
How do they affect warranty?
They don’t. The same warranty applies to inclusion pours as the rest of the things in-shop.
How many firmnesses of Near Clear are there?
There’s two – NC 31 and NC 45.
I only stock NC 31 currently because the NC 45 is prone to tearing during demolding and got WAAAYYYYY more expensive after silicone prices were adjusted.
These may be available periodically throughout the year and are not seasonal designs.
Images below are just examples that may have more colors added in than the ‘default’ style for a particular inclusion.
Pictured is Strawberries in NC 31
Glow and UV included in strawberries by default
Pictured are gold flakes in a pink near clear with assorted rock-like tans and gold ribboned on the other side.
Pictured are assorted granite experiments in different colors in ‘regular’ silicone.
Granite chunks can be any color with or without glow, as can the main body of the pour.
This coloration is interesting because it allows the creation of weird effects like ranch dressing with chives (last pic) and can be poured/dripped more or less like regular silicone.
Fun fact: I charge more for this because it’s insanely messy to mulch silicone into fine chunks and it sticks to EVERYTHING so the extra cost is for time spent cleaning up afterwards
Pictured are skulls in NC.
Glow included by default.
Pictured is Strawberry Shortcakes in ‘regular’ soft and medium silicone (the not extra clear stuff)
Note: cannot be added onto super flat models like raviolis and gummy worms
Glow and UV in strawberries included by default
Pictured is milk tea boba in ‘regular’ silicone
Other color variations are totally possible and I can try to color/pattern match specific drinks by request.
Glow and UV included by default
This inclusion is at higher risk of delamination due to the high number of individual pieces in the mixture.
Pictured are flower and leaves in Near Clear
This inclusion is undergoing modification to make it less insanely annoying to make the inclusions, but I know y’all want it, so it should be back eventually.
Pictured is Large NC31 Mountain Dew Squid with sparkly ice cubes
This inclusion is a work in progress.
Glow and UV included by default. Skulls and bones are optional.
This is a variant of the ‘gold flake’ inclusion style.
Pickle / Cucumbers
Pictured are cucumbers in ‘regular’ silicone
Glow and UV in pickles included by default
Pictured is NC lava lamp squid; Last two pics compare the same color lava lamp (with sinking glow) in ‘regular’ silicone and NC
Glow not available in bubbles (it sinks really badly) but UV is fine.
*Only available on short (5″ tall) models unless you only want the blobs in the base of the toy. Squids and small sizes work well.
Pictured is large squid and medium Scaled Wave
NC Obligate NC Pour
Glow not available in swirl (it sinks) but UV is fine
*Swirl can only reach down ~5″ into a toy, so tall models will only have the swirl at the base.
Pictured: NC31 pours
Obligate NC Pour
Candy Corns come with glow & uv by default
Optional black base at no extra charge
Pictured: ecoflex pours
Hearts come with glow by default.
Pictured: NC31 pours
Obligate NC Pour
Eyeballs come with glow and uv by default
Eye color is a random mix of ‘normal’ eye colors and demon eyes. Some eyes will also be randomly bloodshot.
Pictured: NC31 Pour with Candy Corn, Eye Balls and ‘Blood’ Lava Lamp and assorted colors on the base.
The perfect coloration for the indecisive and chaotic.
This coloration is a Dealers Choice a combination of Halloween Inclusions as well as any ‘Halloweeny’ colors. Anything is fair game and I will get weird with it. A cost-effective way to get multiple inclusion styles into a single toy if you like spooky surprises.
Pictured: NC45 pours with Eyeball Addins
Brain squiggles come with glow & UV by default
Optional red base at no extra cost
Eye-balls can be added in for a discounted rate.
Pictured is ‘regular’ soft silicone with metallic rainbow noodles with glow (and some uv in certain colors)
Noodles can be any color, but brighter colors with higher contrast are recommended, especially in the ‘regular’ silicone
Pictured are ramen + shrimp in ‘regular’ silicone
Glow and UV included wherever possible by default