Polyform – They’re At It Again: The Good & The Bad

Yesterday I got an email from a person I have purchased several eBooks from that contain Premo! Scupley color mixing recipes.  I now have hundreds of color recipes that may become useless. 😦 Seems Polyform , in all it’s wisdom  (LOL), has decided to discontinue several of the colors from the current product line. On the brighter side (I think) they are creating several new colors with really cutesy designer names. <Gag>

Discontinued colors:

  • 5018 copper
  • 5063 cobalt blue
  • 5072 zinc yellow
  • 5259 red pearl
  • 5289 blue pearl
  • 5299 green pearl
  • 5305 sea green
  • 5317 frost
  • 5503 fluorescent pink
  • 5515 violet
  • 5521 fluorescent green
  • 5583 fluorescent red
  • 5600 fluorescent yellow
  • 5703 glow in dark

New Colors (This was taken straight from Polyform’s Facebok announcement)

We are bursting with excitement – new colors with endless possibilities are just around the corner. It’s an unbelievable line-up with colors you requested. (*I don’t remember being asked) Have you ever imagined . . .
• Peacock Pearl –eye-catching in lustrous, confident extravagance
• Magenta Pearl – Glowing romance translated into art
• Sunshine – innocence as sweet as a day running through the sprinkler (*Seriously LOL)
• Navy – shades of royalty, commanding an audience
• Pomegranate – juicy, rich and irresistible on the tip of the tongue (* I wasn’t planning on eating it!)
• Denim – your favorite pair still fit, go ahead, try them on
• Bronze – statuesque brilliance glimmering in view
• Antique Gold – The classics are hard to ignore
• Bright Green Pearl – dew kissed spring grass glistening in the morning sun (*O-M-G ROFLOL)
These are only a few of the fabulous line-up of new premo! colors.

Watch for our 2011 New Line of premo! Accents
• Magenta Pearl • Purple Pearl
• Bright Green Pearl • Peacock Pearl (* I want to see this one real bad!)
• Translucent Blue • Translucent Red
• Translucent Yellow • Translucent Yellow
• Translucent Green • Blue Glitter
• Red glitter • Frost White Glitter
• 18K Gold  (*I hear it’s gorgeous) • Copper – updated color
• Antique Gold • Bronze (* very interested in this too) • Blue Granite • White Granite • Gray Granite  ( *Yeah !! Faux stones are back) • White Translucent – replaces Frost

New 2011 premo! Colors
• Denim • Spanish Olive
• Navy Blue (*didn’t we have navy blue years ago and they discontinued it?) • Blush
• Wasabi • Pomegranate
• Candy Pink • Sunshine
• Rhino Gray (? I can mix gray with black and white)

For me personally, losing several of the colors listed won’t really impact me, but how the he!! can they discontinue 2 primary colors??!! Cobalt Blue and/or  Zinc Yellow are the base colors in at least half of the recipes I purchased. And what about the all of us who purchased Lindly Haunani & Maggie Maggio’s fabulous book Color Inspirations? Not only are the blue and yellow used , but so are the fluorescent colors.  I haven’t even gotten started on the lessons in the book and what’s the point now? The book is basically obsolete, because Polyform has let pencil pushers and financial wizards decide for us what colors we need. The premise behind the Premo line was to make an artist grade polymer clay based on the true color palette of painters.  I guess they forgot the plan.

So folk, you better stock up on the discontinued colors while you have the chance. Polyform says they will be providing color mixing recipes for MOST of the discontinued colors. Though, how they are going to mix a primary color is beyond me, and color theory, not to mention how do we mix basic colors to get fluorescent?

Oh, and for you Sculpey III lovers there is good and bad news for you to.

Here’s the buzz about new Sculpey colors – fresh and trendy, always a crowd pleaser –

New for 2011 Sculpey III colors
• Pewter • Jewelry Gold
• Copper • Suede Brown
• Fuchsia Pearl • Glow-In-The-Dark
• Plum • Deep Red Pearl
• Candy Pink • Sky Blue
• Lemonade

The following colors are discontinued: Lt. Pink Pearl, Vanilla Crème, Pale Pistachio, Sunshine, Pottery, Stonewash, Tomato Red, Sunset, Ivory, Atomic Orange and Lemon. We’ll have recipes for most on our website.

As previously announced – Polyform has completely abandoned the Studio by Sculpey line. <snicker> Like we didn’t see that coming. Feel most sorry for all the poor souls that got talked into paying their hard earned money to become “certified” instructors. Hope they got a refund.

If you are a Facebook user, please go to the Polyform page and voice your opinion and concerns on their Discussions page.

Stepping off my soap box now 🙂

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dora Arsenault
    Nov 20, 2010 @ 06:39:21

    I can’t believe that Zinc Yellow and Cobalt Blue are being discontinued…especially the Zinc Yellow. It’s difficult to find a yellow with no orangey tones……..I’m not a huge fan of Premo, because I always found it too sticky for caning, but I did like the the color palette, because it closely resembled the artist color palette. The trend seems to be towards ‘cutsey names’ like pomegranate and sunshine…
    I too own the Color Inspirations book, and it’s a shame that so many of the color formulas and exercises will be rendered useless when using Premo……But since I use Fimo Soft, it won’t affect me as much. Speaking of Fimo, is it my imagination, or is Fimo Classic softer than it used to be?

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  2. Susan
    Nov 20, 2010 @ 06:50:36

    WTF happened to having an artist’s palette????
    As for glow in the dark- how do you have a recipe to do that?

    I am head banging at this time- so much of my palette is made from those primaries as well as sea green and green pearl.

    And glitter clays- AUGH! they do not compare to using pearls. Why?

    Worst of all on Facebook, they are saying, in their few replies that the discontinued colors didn’t sell well and magenta pearl looks brilliant. Gag What?!!!! No one way buying cobalt,zinc?

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  3. Tonja Lenderman
    Nov 20, 2010 @ 14:59:34

    Everyone continues to comment and protest on the Polyform Facebook page, but no one from the company has anything to say. Just like before (referring to the Studio by Sculpey fiasco) they didn’t listen to us then, I have little confidence they will listen to us now.

    If they cared what we thought they would have asked us, their loyal customers, what we wanted before making a bunch of changes that drastically affect us. And I certainly did not ask them for silly designer names on my clay. If I had wanted that I would have use the Studio clay. All they care about is their bottom line, which seems back-ass-ward since all they are doing is alienating their loyal customers like myself who have used nothing but Premo for about 12 years.

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  4. Jeanne Dumond
    Nov 21, 2010 @ 08:25:21

    You are absolutely right about Navy Blue being discontinued the last time they decided to go through changing things. That was OK because we could mix it from “Colbalt Blue” and black. You know the concept on which the colors were based being able to mix all colors from an artist’s palette? When are they going to listen, on the way to bankruptcy court?

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  5. Jainnie Jenkins
    Nov 22, 2010 @ 09:00:16

    I really can’t stand the descriptions of the new colors. It’s so absurd! Can you imagine if oil or acrylic paint companies decided to rename their paint colors? Hah! *grumbling*

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  6. Tonja Lenderman
    Nov 24, 2010 @ 20:17:26

    I agree Jainnie ! We don’t need cutesy, designer names. Look how well it went over with the Studio by Sculpey. Did they learn nothing?

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