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shakeninsane
« on: August 22, 2010 12:31:08 PM »

Hi guys, I'm a newbie here! i did a search on online stores, but i couldn't find a thread about stores that shipped worldwide.

I'm basically looking for polymer clay, any kind as long as it's a bit harder than the fimo soft ones, haha. Also, I hope to find an online site that sells tons of tools to go with it. Especially stuff like some sort of glaze (both for air drying and the one you heat with the clay), - micromarbles perhaps, an various glitter would be nice.

other than that i would love a tiny heart-shaped cutter for waffles, hmm..there were more things i wanted, but i can't remember.

OH and I'd love to buy some of that rubberclay stuff you can make molds out of. (i can't for the life of me make cupcakebases anymore!boo)

I'm guessing there are people from all over the world here so I figured I've come to the right place to ask. aaand now to soak up all your creative tips and tricks. Loving it so far! Cheesy
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atomicjam
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2010 07:36:58 PM »

Hey! Grin Where exactly do you need it sent? I know a couple of online shops that ship worldwide here in the UK but I don't think they will carry all those things you mentioned.  Just the clay and maybe some tools.

waffles, hmm.. there were more things i wanted, but i can't remember

Something distract you?  Cheesy
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shakeninsane
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2010 02:24:18 AM »

Hey! Grin Where exactly do you need it sent? I know a couple of online shops that ship worldwide here in the UK but I don't think they will carry all those things you mentioned.  Just the clay and maybe some tools.

waffles, hmm.. there were more things i wanted, but i can't remember

Something distract you?  Cheesy

I'd need it shipped to Norway! =)
hahaha, it would seem the waffles distracted me, but really it was just me randomly forgetting, haha. I swear! :'D
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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2010 10:31:35 AM »

Hi and welcome!

I'm glad you mentioned Norway...when you'd said world-wide I thought maybe you lived in Tanzania or Nicaragua or Fiji, etc.  Norway is much easier! 
There are a number of polymer clay suppliers in the UK and in Europe that I'm pretty sure ship to Norway, and even some in the U.S. that ship overseas too.  And there may be even more sources locally or mail order.
Check out this Supply Sources page of my online polymer clay "encyclopedia" for some of those names and contact info, then compare prices and any restrictions they might have:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/supplysources.htm > Mail Order

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any kind as long as it's a bit harder than the fimo soft ones,

FimoSoft can vary from color to color and by age and batch, but the firmest polymer clay lines will be FimoClassic and Kato Polyclay. 
Many clayers also find Premo and Cernit good but they are more heat responsive so not good for those with hot hands or who like to work and work their clay.  Cernit is also kind of translucent in all colors unless a bit of white is added to each color to opaque it. 
(The very softest and/or stickiest would be original Sculpey, Sculpey III, SuperSculpey, CraftShop/BakeShop, FimoSoft... Studio by Sculpey isn't like the rest of them in that it contains "fibers" or something which make it behave and feel somewhat different, and Ultralight is soft but not sticky.)
You can read more about those and other brands and lines of polymer clay on this page if you're interested:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/Characteristics.htm
...and here's more on the characteristics of the "special" colors and types of polymer clay too (translucent, metallic, liquid):
http://glassattic.com/polymer/translucents-glow.htm
http://glassattic.com/polymer/mica.htm
http://glassattic.com/polymer/LiquidSculpey.htm

 
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I hope to find an online site that sells tons of tools to go with it. Especially stuff like some sort of glaze (both for air drying and the one you heat with the clay), - micromarbles perhaps, an various glitter would be nice.

Most of the online suppliers will usually have at least some tools and materials, but they may not all carry the same things or the same variety of a thing.  You can get lots of the tools/equipment/supplies for polymer clay at other places though, even around your own house or garage, etc!

For clear finishes ("glazes") as one example, many of the suppliers will usually carry one or more types, but those don't end up quite the same in look, strength, etc when done.  (Remember too that for polymer clay, only water-based or alcohol-based finishes should be used...finishes/paints made with petroleum-based solvents so *must* be cleaned up with paint thinner will usually, immediately or later, begin dissolving the clay making it sticky or worse).
If you see the gloss finish carried under the "Studio by Sculpey" brand, that will be excellent (but buying a good gloss water-based clear polyurethane from a hardware store will be the same thing and much cheaper--many in th polymer community like the brand called Varathane since it has extra-good properties, but most polyurethanes should work). 

I'm not sure what you mean by the finish "that you heat with the clay" since all of water-based (or alcohol based) clear finishes "dry."  Their drying can be speeded up by being put in a low-temp oven for a short time, which will also "harden" the finish even more, but that's not necessary to make them hard. 
However, "liquid polymer clay" does need to be heated to set/cure whether it's on the clay or somewhere else --it's oil-based and a plastic though just like the solid polymer clay, not water-based and air-dry. (A few types of  colored paints may need heating to set though.)
If you want to read more about the various finishes that can be used on polymer clay and where to buy them, check out this page:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/finishes.htm

As for other tools like tiny heart-shaped cutters, glitter, micromarbles, etc., you can find some of those kinds of things at polymer clayer suppliers, but often you'll find them in craft, hobby, or art stores, or online at special suppliers or just basic craft suppliers.
Check out these pages on those particular supplies for more details:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/cutters-blades.htm > Shape Cutters >>Small/Med. and also Suppliers
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/inclusions.htm > Glitters, Glass Glitters
http://glassattic.com/polymer/mixing_media.htm > Seed Beads >> Holeless Beads

And there are many more "tools" for polymer clay on these pages (in addition to the Cutters & Blades page above):
http://glassattic.com/polymer/tools_Dremels_worksurfaces.htm
http://glassattic.com/polymer/pastamachines.htm
http://glassattic.com/polymer/cutters-blades.htm
http://glassattic.com/polymer/claygun.htm
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/sculpting_body_and_tools.htm (tools for sculpting)

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I'd love to buy some of that rubberclay stuff you can make molds out of.

Not sure if you're referring here to one of the semi-flexible polymer clays like Mold Maker or Bake and Bend, or to the 2-part silicone molding materials like Miracle Mold and Alley Goop, etc.  The silicones will produce a much better mold in general (finer details, quicker, more flexibility, last longer, etc), though some brands are a bit better than other brands.
You can find all kinds of info on both plus and where to buy them, on these two pages as well:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/molds.htm > 2-Pt Silicones >> Putties
.... and perhaps > Flexible Polymer Clays

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(i can't for the life of me make cupcakebases anymore!boo)

Not sure what you mean by "anymore," but miniature cupcake bases can be made in lots of ways.  Some ways use molds, some don't.  You might want to check out the info about making cupcakes on my Miniatures page, under Foods > Sweets to get ideas and see examples:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/miniatures.htm
And here's some of info about that topic that hasn't made it onto my site yet:

cupcakes and cupcake liners, by katrinacritters
...she made a flat disc of clay with translucent clay tinted with a colored clay
... then set a pre-baked cupcake onto the middle of the disk and pulled the outsides of the disc up around the cupcake, and pushed into the clay at intervals to get the flutings and also slightly pulled out on the top outward flutes with a toothpick to pull them farther out
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y13/KatrinaCysterBrown/Cucpake1.jpg

using a fluted "wire connector" form to make liners for cupcake bottoms (or for clay ones):
...You can make a (2-part silicone, or clay) mold of an electrical component called a "twist-on wire connector" (tapered, fluted plastic cap that fits over the ends of the wires) that just happens to be the right shape and size (variety of sizes really) for cupcakes and wrappers.
http://google.com/images?q=twist+on+wire+connector
...The molds can then be used to make the cups by using the mold as a die and the connector as a tap (to push paper disk into mold) --wetting the paper a little makes it hold shape. Blitterypoop


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. . . and now to soak up all your creative tips and tricks.

If you want to check out the rest of my clay "encyclopedia," it's pretty huge and there's info there on just about everything related to polymer clay (tips, lessons, examples, variations, troubleshooting, etc) from the simpler things to really high end stuff. 
It's good to start on the Table of Contents page to get an idea of all the topics covered at the site, and also see where a topic might be located:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/contents.htm
...then go to any page you're interested in using the alphabetical navigation bar on left


You might also want to check out Christel Jensen's polymer clay stuff since she's in Norway (she mostly does sculpting, including mini-foods), and there are other Scandinavian clayers too.  You might also want to ask them where they like to get their clay and other supplies:
http://www.google.com/search?q=Christel+Jensen
http://www.google.com/search?q=polymer+clay+Norway

Again welcome!

Diane B.
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POLYMER CLAY "ENCYCLOPEDIA" 
http://glassattic.com/polymer/contents.htm
few of my photos
http://s96.photobucket.com/albums/l163/DianeBB
(had to move them from YahooPhotos, so many now without captions)
shakeninsane
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2010 10:51:18 AM »

ahh thanks a bunch for all that info! :'D veryy much appreciated, thanks all of you! :3
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