For about a buck thirty you can get some good sets of dishes. Like I said I used them for food bases.
Two part resin is easy to work with and the learning curve is very low. I started using it for my miniatures business back in 04.
Being out of resin, though, and waiting for a new shipment to come in I played around with this slime stuff that seems to be a fad. Thing is there's slime, gel putty, pop and a ton of other crap, I am sure you guys know about it.
IF you get the proper slime, the stuff like you used to get with He-Man or Ninja Turtles, it settles well and you can use it for water or soups.