After my wife and I sat down and reviewed our finances, it was pretty obvious our spending was exceeding our budget. It doesn't mean this project is on hold, but it does mean that I am really close to running out of money hehe. So I am doing my best to research materials and methods that will eliminate unnecessary costs, while still having a little cushion for "mistakes" and reordering. I've had to do this twice already, and hopefully there won't be too many more.
The good news is that I am 80% finished with my chewbacca clay master:
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I'm using Klean Klay, which is a non hardening clay. It's probably way to soft for this, but its what I had.