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christinashaw
« on: July 29, 2009 02:14:42 PM »

Hey everyone! I just went to michaels and saw that the clay is around 2 - 4 dollars per cube and was wondering if there was any place cheaper to buy it? Also is there a way to color it so I can buy the white and just go from there? or what does anyone recommend? thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2009 03:44:42 PM »

ever 2-3 months Joanns and Michaels have sales for 40-50% off the polyclay, thats when i stock up
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« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2009 03:47:47 PM »

Thanks!!!! Ill keep my eye out!
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« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2009 05:17:19 PM »

I buy mine online at http://www.polymerclayexpress.com/ and http://polymerclaysuperstore.com.  I have not had problems with either place as yet, but I have only placed 2 orders from each spot.  Both are cheaper than the retail stores near me (and there are weekly specials and coupons at the Superstore, above)

There is both a Joann's and a Micheal's near me BUT my Joann's doesn't carry Premo (my favorite) and I have had really bad luck at Micheal's with clay so old it can't even be conditioned (I just had to return 6 blocks this past weekend).
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« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2009 08:51:05 AM »

The 2 oz bars of Premo, FimoSoft, FimoClassic, and Sculpey III at Michaels usually run from about $2 to $2.79 or so.  Michaels now has Sculpey III on sale for half-price fairly often for a week at a time, and Joann's takes their coupons for what they have.  (For the past year or two, Michaels had been offering all the small bars of polymer clay for 99 cents each when they had sales, but seem to have stopped that...boo hoo.)

In general, polymer clay can always be purchased cheaper online than at retail, and sometimes way cheaper.  (Those 99 cent bars on sale at Michaels/etc can't be beat though as long as you don't mind using only Sculpey III which is a weaker clay after baking in thin areas though and too soft and mooshy for many clayers).
(If you shop online, I'd suggest sticking with one of the suppliers who is herself a polymer clayer, and very experienced polymer clayer, since you'll get better clay, and also get better info if you ask about stuff.)
Kato Polyclay has been cheaper by weight in the past too, and is an excellent polymer clay (unfortunately only available at retail in Hobby Lobby stores at this point; otherwise online).
Online suppliers will also have all the colors of any brand/line of clay they carry in stock, and as mentioned fresher clay.  Buying online will also give you access to more brands/lines of clay all at one place, though not every supplier carries every brand... but better than at craft stores. 
There's a list of online suppliers on this page:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/supplysources.htm
...click on Polymer Clays >Mail Order

Another way that clay can be cheaper online is that all the clays (except Sculpey III) are usually available in larger "bricks" of clay (often 1 lb) of each color not just the small 2 oz size, and polymer clay will be cheaper by weight/volume if purchased that way. 
(Btw, only 5 colors of clay are actually necessary to come up with a full palette of colors--many hundreds around the color wheel-- so all colors can all be mixed at home as well as purchased pre-colored.  There are a few things to know about that, but it's basically true.  If the mica clays like Pearl and metallic Gold and a translucent are added to the basic five, then all the special effects can be created too.)
You can read more about mixing colors, recipes, etc., on this page of my site:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/color.htm
And also in these previous posts here on the polymer clay boards:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=101494.msg962792#msg962792
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=108415.msg1032139#msg1032139
(more on coloring clay and doing clay more cheaply in general:)
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=155163.msg1548395#msg1548395
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=73664.msg1638472#msg1638472
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=177119.msg1833985#msg1833985

You can also color polymer clay by adding colorants rather than mixing clays together. 
You can start with White (or with Translucent or Pearl) to get the purest colors (though that will take a fair amount of work if you color everything and you'll never get the most concentrated, saturated versions of the primary/secondary colors), or you can start with any color of clay and change its color by adding another color (e.g., red + yellow = orange). 

Some of the colorants that are okay to use in raw polymer clay are artists' oil paints and alcohol inks (acrylic paints can be okay in small amounts and if let alone awhile before baking to aid in evaporation, but not best), plus a few other things that' aren't often used.  Particulate colorants can also be used, like oil pastel shavings, ground spices, artists pigments, colored mica powders (including eye shadows), crayon shavings, and more.
You may want to check out these pages also for more info on those:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/inclusions.htm
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/translucents-glow.htm
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/paints.htm
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/letters_inks.htm ...click on Alcohol Inks
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/powders_metallicwaxes.htm


HTH,

Diane B.
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« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2009 12:43:38 PM »

If you're looking in a retail setting, I would look at Jo-Ann's.  They have this clay labelled "Bake Shop" (it's made by Sculpey and is only 99 cents for a small block), and it is wonderful!!  The Michaels around me only had Sculpey III, and don't get that clay if you want something sturdy!  I made some earring charms with the Sculpey III I bought there, and all of them except for one broke after I baked them because they were so brittle. 
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crystalpeace
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2009 01:27:20 PM »

keep an eye out at joanns now like this vertran's day sale they are doing 5 for $5 for that whole sale, they also have  10% off total purchase if you have a coupon which works on sale items as well,  they also been doing alot of buy 1 or 2 blocks get one free
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« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2009 09:20:53 AM »

Michaels has also put their small bars (Premo, the Fimos, Sculpey III) up for sale --beginning today?  Price not as good as it has been in the past, but still works out to $1.25 per bar (4 for $5).  

Checked the Joanns flyer this morning too but didn't see anything specifically for clay.  They did have some good sales plus 40-50%-off coupons for non-sale items and 10% for whole orders though, that run at various times.

Both Michaels and Joanns have the 40% off single-item coupons, so those are always good for investing in things like kits of Pearl Ex powders, bottles of liquid clay, blades, packages of cutters, multi-molds, etc.

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crystalpeace
« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2009 09:00:48 PM »

Checked the Joanns flyer this morning too but didn't see anything specifically for clay.  They did have some good sales plus 40-50%-off coupons for non-sale items and 10% for whole orders though, that run at various times.
http://joann.shoplocal.com/joannsalesflyer/Default.aspx?action=browsepageflash&storeid=2594396&rapid=755891&pagenumber=1&prvid=JoAnnStores-091101SE&promotioncode=JoAnnStores-091101SE  the inside page bottom center it it for fimo and sculpey clays. and they have a 10% off total purchase sale and regular priced items just doesnt work towards the items you had used 40% or 50% coupons towards. but getting blocks for $.90 still helps out better than 2.29 or 2.99  you would have been paying per block
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« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2009 03:42:43 PM »

I made some earring charms with the Sculpey III I bought there, and all of them except for one broke after I baked them because they were so brittle. 

Really? I use Sculpey III all the time and it works great for me. I've had a keychain charm banging around on my purse for over a year and it hasn't broken.  Hm..maybe it was baked too long?
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