Polyform Products will be supplying all of the colored clay for my Damascus Ladder Magic Friday pre-conference workshop at the Cabin Fever Clay Fest this February. So, please disregard the instructions for picking your colors, bring four ounces of scrap clay and your two magical hands. There are still a few spaces left in this workshop- for registration information visit the event’s blog here.
I am dismayed, as Candy pink and Wasabi look bright (and are promised to include fluorescent pigments in their mixes) – but, these two colors are NOT primaries, that can be used in mixes to bump up the intensity of colors as they appear to contain white.
I am exploring alternatives and will keep you posted…
One Day Workshop Friday February 18th, 2011 at Cabin Fever 2011
I will walk you through making three different skinner blend canes – with color coordinated lights and darks – that will be combined to make a dynamic version of a Damascus Ladder. Strategies for constructing drum beads (which you could choose to make into a sampler bracelet) and flat laminated pieces will be demonstrated along with some valuable finishing techniques…..and of course, I will be talking about color and will have hundreds of samples on display for you to see.
What is Cabin Fever Clay Fest 2011?
Cabin Fever Clay Fest 2011 is the 4th year of a hands-on polymer clay/mixed media event which consists of 3 days of pre-conference workshops (18 Feb. – 20 Feb. 2011) combined with a 3 1/2 day polymer clay hands-on event (20 Feb.– 23 Feb. 2011) to be held in Laurel, Maryland. Keep up with the latest updates here. Continue reading “Cabin Fever 2011…”
…a preview of sorts of the new Premo colors may be found here at Dick Blick’s online store
Thank you to everyone who took the time to write to the company, post on their Facebook page and spread the news…
Here’s the latest statement we have just posted on Facebook today, 11/22/10.
“Polyform has reviewed all of your heartfelt comments in reference to Premo Cobalt Blue and Premo Zinc Yellow. In response to your needs we are going to find a way to keep these colors available for you. We will work with distributors and will post the information as soon as we finalize it.
To answer some of your other concerns:
- Frost has been renamed White Translucent in order to clarify it’s color to new users. The color has not changed.
- Copper has changed, there will be a color recipe to create the older version of this color. The new Copper color is closer to the color of a new copper penny.
- The fluorescent colors have been discontinued. Two new colors, Wasabi and Candy Pink are quite bright and sure to make a “color pop” in your creations.
- The recipes for discontinued colors, with the exception of the fluorescent colors, will be available. Many of the recipes use new colors so releasing the formulas now will not help you. We’ll release the formulas on January 3rd when the new colors are going to be available to ship.
We are really excited about our new line of Premo Accents, Premo and Sculpey III, as we’re sure you will be. Designers who have already used these colors are singing their praises. They’re on trend, as well as colors designers have requested.
Your comments were heard, your loyalty appreciated.
If there is anything else I can help you with, please contact me again. ”
Life is always full of surprises and challenges…Earlier this fall I received the news that Polyform Products was planning on making changes to their Premo! polymer clay color line. While I imagined that it might be possible that a few of the colors that I currently use might be discontinued- perhaps the fluorescent yellow wasn’t a huge seller?- I wasn’t prepared for the extremely upsetting news that they are planning to stop making two very essential primary colors = Cobalt Blue and Zinc Yellow!
“The following colors are discontinued: Red Pearl, Green Pearl, Cobalt Blue, Sea Green, Copper, Zinc Yellow, Frost, Fluorescent Green, Fluorescent Yellow, Fluorescent Red and Glow-In-The-Dark – We’ll have recipes for most on our website.”
It will be interesting to see their recipes for mixing zinc yellow and cobalt blue.
- You can follow the discussion about this announcement on Polyform’s Facebook page here.
- Carol Simmons has posted “before and after” pictures here
- Cindy Leitz has started a virtual online petition here
- Crafty Goat has posted some of her reactions on her blog
- Amy Crawley has posted here on Moon Room Musings
- Crafts by Chris has joined into the discussion
- more here at Tonja’s Treasures
- there is an ongoing discussion on Polymer Clay Central here
- here is the contact email for Polyform Products- firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m off to take a long warm bubble bath in honor of my personal promise to myself NOT to write blog posts, respond to email and/or answer the phone when…
In the meantime, please enjoy this picture of Carol Simmon’s pendants- you might have guessed it! = colors mixed with Zinc Yellow and Cobalt blue .
I’ve been reading about the new red celery with fascination – (not really red to me, more like the “red” of red onions) …somewhat surprised to have landed on a site that explains “value added produce” (while following the link trail) which is something apparently that I buy often .
I am dreaming of rhubarb as I embark on making a new series of folded petal necklaces.
Colorscape- an Around the World Guide to Color by Naomi Kuno and the Color Intelligence Institute calls this red “Starfish”
I drew color inspiration from food stylist Linda Lundgren’s food arranged by color series.
To mix my variation of this color I used one part Premo Cadmium red and one part Premo Fluorescent Pink. The resulting red is vibrant and makes for an edible looking cane which I look forward to fashioning into part of my new series of necklaces.
Next time you set out to mix a vibrant color in polymer clay consider using either a fluorescent yellow or pink to pump-up your mixes.
I love teaching– especially polymer clay workshops that allow the students to come to a new understanding of color = how relax into approaching color with intuition; mix new colors, design palettes and learn new strategies for combining colors successfully. Above is a picture of me teaching this past summer at Polymer Play Days (sponsored by Helen Cox) In Nottingham, England.
It is especially wonderful to see a student take inspiration from a class to make a wonderful personalized variation on a technique via a finished piece.Here is a necklace from Ghost Shift/Sue Corrie.
After teaching Textile Inspirations in Albequeque last month, Janet Paul sent me a picture of a delightful sampler necklace she made.
Usually when I arrange a heirloom tomato and mozzarella salad I alternate the slices… after being inspired by Design Sponge Online, I will be re-evaluating just how I arrange my slices and plan future Skinner blends in polymer.
There are several inspirational examples of late summer color gradations in addition to instructions for making a colorful flower garland included in their latest posts.
I’m off to Albuquerque in the morning to teach a color workshop and to drink in the wonderful colors of the southwest!