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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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