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« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2010 10:02:54 AM »

haha too funny, nouga
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« Reply #11 on: July 01, 2010 08:37:08 AM »

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...could you tell us about these sites??  when i first found this forum it was much more varied
...Which polymer group do you go to?

nougatgee and clayman, I'm not sure which online polymer clay groups are still functional and which ones I may not even know about these days.
I sort of stopped going to them all a couple of years ago when I decided I just couldn't spend 8+ hrs a day reading and gleaning lots of tidbits of great info for my site (and quitting seems to be the only way I could do it...otherwise just too tempting). So I pretty much just stick to the Craftster group, share what I know for a few minutes and see what everyone is doing, then get to have a life for the rest of the time Grin

The granddaddy of online polymer groups (no longer very functional) and the only one in town in the beginning (except for the small ones restricted to AOL or compuserve users/browsers back in the day), is used mostly now for info/ads about polymer-related books and supplies ("COMM"), but there are still a few real polymer discussions.  Fewer clayers continued to read it as many more clay groups popped up online and so much polymer info was put online at websites, etc.  
It was the "newsgroup" called rec.crafts.polymer-clay (now incoporated under "Google Groups"):
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.crafts.polymer-clay/topics


However, the next big one I liked was a Yahoogroup (Yahoogroups are accessible online or by mailing list) called PolymerClayPeople.  It was taken over by the sculptors for awhile, but seems to be back now:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Polymer_Clay_People
(can read messsage even if don't join)

The next one I read, clay-polymer, was a somewhat smaller Yahoogroup than PolymerClayPeople at the time.  It's even larger now since PCP went through its various changes, and would be one well worth looking into if you want a wide variety of polymer techniques and items and looks:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/clay-polymer

The other really big polymer board (that I know of these days anyway) is at delphiforums, and run by the PolymerClayCentral website since a year or two after PCC was created by someone else.  
It covers a lot of clay territory on a number of sub-boards.  It's also fairly high on the chit-chat scale.  I don't mind that in small quantities and for things that are important or part of the sense of community, but a lot of theirs used to be really silly or even petty stuff and it took a long time to wade through that to get to the good things.  Their "owner" used to have fairly strict rules about her idea of the perfect group too (like having running contests for those with the "most posts" and kind of wanting evryone to  share or endorse her opinions about things) which I didn't agree with, so I pretty much stopped reading there first but a lot of people don't mind any of that.
http://forums.delphiforums.com/polymerclay/messages/?start=Start+Reading+%3E%3E

There are other general polymer boards/online groups that are mainly limited to other countries and/or their particular guilds (e.g., Australia, Canada, Japan, Brazil, Europe in general, etc), or ones at particular people's sites or blogs** which are usually not that large, or ones just for the metal clays, plus a number created by sculptors of various types and dollmakers which usually stick only to those particular polymer clay items and techniques (members of those groups often know and talk only about sculpting, and may not even know all the other regular polymer stuff exists).

One large long-term polymer group most for kinds of "miniatures" (figures, items) but also covering a number of regular polymer techniques is Nora Jean's City-o-Clay, a Yahoogroup:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CITY-o-Clay  
She also has sizable archives of lessons, photos, and all kinds of things...they can be a little hard to navigate though since Nora Jean is definitely one-of-a-kind and a little scattered, if prolific.

Another of the Yahoogroups seems to be quite active nowadays, it seems, but not sure how much they deal with sculpting only.  Their description doesn't seem to be that restricted, but I had a note that they were that's a few years old.  
The name of the group is Beginners Polymer Clay Art Guild ...that one requires a certain amount of participation in discussions if you join, not just lurking, and messages can't be read without joining either):
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Beginners_Polymer_Clay_Art_Guild

Some of the other boards/online groups have trailed off a lot or are gone, but at least in some the messages can still be read --like the polymer clay board at Art Jewelry magazine which still has about 5000:
http://cs.artjewelrymag.com/artcs/forums/31.aspx
And the Yahoogroup called Polymer Clay Beads and Jewelry is still active though slow, but their messages are still available (if you join the group):
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Pcbj

(Btw, all these groups are free to join if you want or need to join, but a few will also have fee-based memberships which may be prominently displayed as if you did have to pay--like Polymer Clay Central).

**Also...often at the larger polymer clay blogs, questions can be asked and some "discussions" go on via the running list of Comments...blogs vary a lot in orientation, size, expertise of the owner, etc:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=349132.msg4070162#msg4070162


You can check out these two pages at my site for more online groups plus guilds and other polymer clubs (some of which have online groups too) on these pages at my site:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/groups--online2.htm
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/groups--guilds.htm
...Keep in mind that the info is a few years old so some of the groups will be gone or different, and some that are around now may not have been included on my pages back then.


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Diane B.




 
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« Reply #12 on: July 01, 2010 08:58:42 AM »

i'm not too fond of 'groups'... i can't seem to get the hang of them.
the google one is just a list of ads
one other tells me i can't even look.
another tells me no lurkers and lots of rules...
the delphi forum i had found prviously but it seems to be all about canes.
i think i will just keep to this forum Smiley full of such creative and friendly people - and easy to navigate Smiley

if anyone wants to see my blog just click on the link in my sig. Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: July 01, 2010 09:17:03 AM »

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the google one is just a list of ads
one other tells me i can't even look.
another tells me no lurkers and lots of rules...

Not sure which ones in particular you were looking at...they're all different.
 
...Some have to be "joined" (just like at Craftster, etc) in order to ask questions, but often all the old discussions and links are still available to read only (which can be quite valuable).
...In a few (maybe just one?), the messages can't even be read unless you join.
...In another or the same one, there is a rule that says "no lurkers"...which just means they want people to at least post occasionally (with questions, comments or completed items, etc).
...PolymerClayCentr al at delphiforums is definitely not just about canes.  You may have found a group of threads that did deal with canes when you looked, but they at least used to cover the entire range of polymer clay.
...As I said, the Google group isn't really worth bothering with because the ads have pretty much taken over, but there still are current (and many past) discussions there if you look.

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i'm not too fond of 'groups'... i can't seem to get the hang of them.

Not sure what this means exactly since you do like the Craftster group/forum.  Any new site or forum will of course have its own look and navigation set-up-- I don't personally find any of the clay forums/etc more difficult than others in that way though.  Just a matter of which ones you get used to.  

I think the people who would be more interested in other polymer forums as well as Craftster though would be those who do want the whole range of polymer clay.  The Craftster board deals principally with mini-foods, cute and sometimes dark items, figure sculpts, and only occasionally all the other polymer possibilities and techniques (which can also be used with sculpts--as clothing, accessories, bases, etc-- as well as for jewelry, bowls, covering things from candleholders to tabletops, book covers and mini-books, and all the rest).  

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« Reply #14 on: July 01, 2010 09:24:59 AM »

wow nouga, i am floored by your paintings.
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« Reply #15 on: July 01, 2010 11:32:27 AM »

haha this thread made ma laugh.  That lion is too sexy for his tail!  Grin

re other clay forums, i'm a member of a long-running yahoo group called Clay-polymer.  It's pretty good and I get emails every day from it with the latest discussions.  I don't take part though, but it seems a good place to ask questions.

I'm also a member of PolymerClayCentral at the delphiforums.  That one is a mixed blessing though.  It has loads of info on it, relating more to my interests, but the interface is plain horrible and makes finding info a nightmare.  It's also very 'cliquey' and i feel abit uncomfortable approaching the tightly nit group. Shame really.  But there is useful info on that site.

Another place I have found is here http://www.craftsforum.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?76-Polymer-clay   It's a UK based general crafts site with a sub-forum dedicated to polymer clay (a bit like craftster).   It's a little slow, but seeing as i don't contribute i can't complain.  They don't seem to mind me lurking there though.  One day I will join in with that site. There are allot of knowledgeable and professional people there. + it's closer to home (UK)
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« Reply #16 on: July 01, 2010 11:46:40 AM »

Oh cool thanks for the link, atomic!  lol glad you enjoyed the little nonsensical story.

ooo that reminds me... I'll run and see if you posted any new projects!
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« Reply #17 on: July 01, 2010 09:17:49 PM »

thanks clayman - i actually  think they're average... but occasionally there's one i like...yesterday i spoilt one that had promise ...oh well...
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« Reply #18 on: July 02, 2010 05:50:28 AM »

You are too modest, nouga.  I want to be able to paint the way you to.  I find your paintings so beautiful.
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« Reply #19 on: July 02, 2010 07:20:52 AM »

you are too kind. Smiley
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