...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
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.htmhttp://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.