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Title: Where to find polymer clay in Canada
Post by: Chicki on July 06, 2006 09:18:12 AM
Hi, I am new to the world of polymer clay.  It is all so exciting and I see many of you on here make wonderful things!  Hopefully someday I will be able to too.

I am wondering where all of you in Canada buy your polymer clay?  Which brands do you use and what is an average price per bar of clay?

Thanks in advance! :)


Title: Re: Where to find polymer clay in Canada
Post by: Diane B. on July 06, 2006 02:05:30 PM
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Hi, I am new to the world of polymer clay.  It is all so exciting 


Hi, and welcome!

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where all of you in Canada buy your polymer clay?  Which brands do you use and what is an average price per bar of clay?

I'm not from Canada but I do have info at my (polymer clay "encyclopedia") website re places to buy clay from countries other outside the US:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/supplysources.htm
(click on Non-USA, then scroll down to the section on Canada)

The bottom line is that you can buy any of the clays we have here, and you can buy either from Canada or the US (some US suppliers will ship to Canada just as cheap as buying from there).  All suppliers have different prices though, and they can change over time or with sales, so the best thing to do is check them all out.

As to which clays people use, there isn't one favorite brand, and since the brands and types have different handling and baked characteristics, some will work better for making some things than others.  I usually suggest Premo as a good clay for beginners unless you have hot hands, live in a hot place without air conditioning, or like to work-and-work you clay (for those, I'd suggest Kato Polyclay or FimoClassic --not FimoSoft).  Premo is probably the favorite for most experienced clayers unless they want to use a stiffer clay like Kato or FC). 
You might want to try them all though to see what you think.  (Sculpey and FimoSoft are more brittle after baking if you have any thin or extending areas than the others, so be careful with those for those situations.)

You can also ask about favorite brands and suppliers in the online Canadian polymer clay groups... for example:
clayamies (Canada) http://groups.yahoo.com/group/clayamies

Or check out one of the 4-5 local Canadian polymer clay guilds (clubs):
http://www.npcg.org/guilds/localguildlist.htm (bottom of list)
(everyone is welcome in polymer guilds, from beginners on up)


HTH, and again welcome!


Diane B.
GlassAttic....polymer clay "encyclopedia" http://glassattic.com/polymer/contents.htm
little bit'o photosharing: http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/dianeatglassattic/my_photos


Title: Re: Where to find polymer clay in Canada
Post by: Chicki on July 06, 2006 02:43:18 PM
Thanks for the information Diane.

I will start checking it out right now!


Title: Re: Where to find polymer clay in Canada
Post by: swift on July 08, 2006 07:16:57 AM
If you live near a Michael's, the new flyer notes the polymer clay is on sale for $1.49 for all types for 2 weeks (starting today, July 8)!


Title: Re: Where to find polymer clay in Canada
Post by: Chicki on July 12, 2006 08:52:34 AM
Thanks, I see that!  What a great sale, does it happen often???


Title: Re: Where to find polymer clay in Canada
Post by: swift on July 13, 2006 05:48:11 AM
I've noticed the cheap polymer clay doesn't happen often -- since Christmas about three times, I would say -- but when it does, stock up!!! (If you don't get a Michaell's flyer, check out their website at michaels.com and punch in your postal code to see it!)