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I found out today my favorite clay Premo base has been discontinued by clayfactory! I made "Leacoutha"  entirely of premo base ,cut  right off the block  like hard cheddar. I was dreamily looking forward to using it again because it has such a wonderful  natural beeswax look and  it always had a great texture..not sticky and soft as most translucent  polymers. It was a great clay to extend other clays with, made them hold their own and not sag or attract lint and I hardly ever had moonies with it.
I had noticed something had changed,but didnt heed the early warning signs.. each time I bought a block it wasnt as fresh .. it was crumbly and hard and now I see why.. the sellers were pushing out that old stock!

Im now in the market for a brand new clay ,but then I got another juicy bit of information. Two chemicals in the plasitsizers of polymer clay have been banned in California. Now all the clays will be reformulated! I wonder if I buy a new clay and fall in love will it suddely change too? I have my eye set on puppen fimo ,but clays being formulated have in the past been sold before all the kinks are out.
Im not sure if I should open my heart again!

But anyway I am buying a new convection oven as soon as some money gets in my tapped out credit card. I pray to the muses this means no more moonies or overcooked clay. Thats going to be my  christmas present to myself!
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nuintholiel Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
lo and behold I was talking with my mom over Thanksgiving feasting and she has an American Harvest Convection Perfection Model 200T Oven she has never used and says I can have so... I will test this out this week.. my first ever polymer sculpt and firing!! yikes :faint:

I will let you know if I and the sculpt survive
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
hey thats cool!Way to get started.
I went ahead and bought the one in the link you sent me. I could have nicked off 20 bucks or so by e-baying it but I was tired of losing and just want the thing now so, I can cure my next peice.
good luck!:)
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nuintholiel Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
oh good! I thought it might be what you were talking about.. not a bad price really:)
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2007
I've had this sort of thing happen too many times. I'm still trying to find an good substitute for Duratite Surfacing Putty. I had to relearn my tool technique for reverse acrylic carving when Foredom changed their tool shapes. Types of paint, too. And when I was working for Hawley Laboratories, we had found a polyurithane that made flexible propellers that resisted a hot mixture of crude oil and saltwater. Then one of the ingredients was banned, and the substitute made the propellers crumbly. I was planning on doing some more polymer clay work soon, after not using it for years. Now I'm worried....
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Exaclty! I can see the agrviation with the crumbling propellers! One of a kind polymer sculptures are my livelyhood and I know alot of people depend on it. I hope the new formulas will be good ,but I worry about thier handling and possible the longevity. Im stocking up now to at least have some back up!
I supose worse comes to worse I can move to some new media,but polymer has a huge popularity for its translucence and skin like look. Its hard to top it.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007
Polymer clay is such a promising material; it allows the use of many techniques from ceramic clay, wax, glass, and I'm not sure what else. But one is more more subject to the whim of the materials makers. I made many sculptures and jewelry pieces from polymer clay, though I never got to the level you and others have taken it to; and I don't know that I ever will, coming back to it so late; but I am hoping it will be fun.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thats what I really love about it. Ive always had interest in alot of diffenrt media and trying them all is of course cost prohibitive and not always possible. I really like being able to do faux jade,ivory or beeswax and like you say blend techniques from other media.
time eh, not important..pick it up and have a go. From looking at your carving ability you already have everything you need.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2007
Well, your work is very inspiring. We'll see what happens.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
glad I could inspire adn I look forward to it. You know looking at your work reminded me so much of my husband! He used to stick very similar eyes on his work and also made , wooden staves and antler pipes. I would so much like him to get back to being creative ...so I showed him your stuff.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007
I hope you succeed.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Well , he has been changed by wage slavery. Its been years,but now he isnt working and is growing his hair out and Im suporting us with my art so, I hope with time to think straight he can get back into it. I may post peices of his old work here. If he gets feeback that might help him feel good about starting again, ya know.
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DobbyKnits Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
:cries: I also live in California and work with plasticine clays. My skills are light years behind your own, though. :blush:

The thought that this medium will become unavailable is extremely disenchanting. I just got back into sculpting in the last year, too. :sadangel:

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you (and for me, as well) that this situation gets resolved with the greatest of expediency. :fingerscrossed:
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I think that the polymers will still be available. whats on the shelf now will probably continue to be sold and the new seamlessly replace it..(idealy),but no way to know for sure how workable the clays will be.
You can read abut the changes to FIMO at the UK polymer guild site. However I did hear Kato was being changed already and probably other companies will too.
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