News in the Polymer Clay World

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. Life…… you know how it can be. Flu bug, hard drive crashed, making stamps. Keeping me busy. Too busy sometimes. Feeling better, computer fixed, stamps made……….at least the orders that are due to ship today are made.

News on the street:

The new Premo colors are now available in several online shops and Munro’s Craft locally. Hopefully more of the brick and mortar stores will have them soon, too. Look out Michael’s ! First 4/$5 sale you have with the new colors in stock will have me hopping like a one legged man in a butt kicking contest. LOL For now, I am lucky enough to have clay pals that live near Munro’s in Detroit that can go there and pick it up for me 🙂 Thank you Claudia and Kimba !!! You’re the best !

Just read on Facebook that the Kato Polyclay line may be getting expanded. New colors are being looked at and they want your opinions. What new colors would you like to see most? Tony, the wiz behinds the scenes at Kato Polyclay, has shared some fabulous color mix recipes for metallic clay you can find on Facebook, too.

Christi Friesen’s new book Woodland Creatures is available for sale on her website or Polka Dot Creations. I got my copy a few days ago. 🙂 In the back of the book it says that the next book in the lineup is Dogs. 🙂 Can’t wait to get it.

I have a cute a Valentine’s Magnet tutorial I saw that I’d like to share. Fun project to do with your kids, student or just for yourself.

Sarajane Helm’s new book A Collection Of Polymer Clay Masks is also available. It’s a coffee table book, no projects, but what a great example of masks. All kinds of masks. And I have 7 in there 🙂 I am so honored that Sarajane felt they were worthy. Purchase your autographed copy from Sarajane directly or you can find it at Amazon.com and get free shipping.

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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 🙂

Color Inspirations For July

It’s been a very long time since I’ve seen a sunrise (I’m a total night owl) so I thought a few pictures might be inspiring. The colors are amazing !!!

Inspiration From Nature

When I’m feeling artistically blocked and my muse has taken an unexpected vacation, I like to look to nature for inspiration. I recently found a seller on Etsy that uses butterfly wings to make jewelry (all butterflies passed of natural causes). I had never seen so many gorgeous colors and designs ! If only I could cane. I’d go crazy using the designs as a pattern.

Another source of caning inspiration are pictures of flowers.

And what about leaves? You can cane them or use the actual leaf for an impression in your clay.

Take a look around your back yard or favorite hiking trail. You can get some amazing texture off of stones & rocks.

A more unusual inspiration comes from fish scales. They come in so many colorful combination.

And what about a simple sunset? Imagine this as a Skinner Blend!

Then there are exotic bird feathers.

I hope these inspire you to create something wonderful 🙂

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