Letters to the Editor December 2000
Letters to the Editor

Dear Polymer Clay Polyzine:

Great e-zine! Absolutely LOVE Tommie......keep him on, and you will have me recommending this site to all I know....even non-pc crafters can learn a lot from him. Thanks so much for all your time and effort. Good Luck to a great future for this endeavor, it is very much appreciated.


Dear Polymer Clay Polyzine:

Had tried to subscribe to your paper magazine and then found out the bad news about your business. Was sorry to hear that a welcomed magazine would no longer be around but this website is a wonderful replacement.

Bless you for the energy and fortitude to go after what you wanted, we all appreciate it!!! Nice site keep up the good work. Will you be archiving the old articles?

Hazel K.

P.S. - Heard the good news through the message board at PCC.

Dear Hazel:

It is indeed a sad thing that the paper magazine Poly-Zine has ended production. Everyone associated with that magazine would, I am sure, appreciate your condolences.

This on-line magazine -- Polymer Clay Polyzine -- while not affiliated with the paper magazine Poly-Zine, also appreicates your compliments about us! We are working hard to bring a quality magazine to the polymer clay community.

Your idea about archiving the articles from Poly-Zine is a great one, and perhaps someone from that magazine will indeed do that.

In the meantime, please enjoy Polymer Clay Polyzine!



Very interesting results from the strength tests! Good job. From the pictured Fimo Soft, it looks like the Blue Metallic was used. The result makes sense to me - you see, the large glitter flecks in the clay would make the clay less cohesive and, consequently, less flexible! Next time, perhaps a solid color could be used?

Thanks for a great zine!

Best regards,

Donna Kato

Dear Polymer Clay Polyzine:

I just wanted to mention that when Polyzine tested the clays they baked them all at 260 degrees and reported that Premo was the weakest of them all. The reason for this is that Premo MUST be baked at 275 degrees for some time in order to be fully cured. Since it was not completely cured, that is why it tested weak. When baked correctly it is one of the strongest and most flexible of the clays.

I do, however, think that testing is a great thing and applaud the staff at Polyzine for doing this. I can see that it is going to be a great magazine for the polymer world, much needed, and well received.


Dotty in CA

Dear Polymer Clay Polyzine:

I liked the strength article, too.... but my one little niggle is that there was no info on what sort of conditioning the samples received... I know that that can make a huge difference in the strength result.

My question about this article is the temperature - not high enough to cure. Should it not have been 265 degrees for the fimos, 275 for premo??

Pat Smith

I forgot to add this to my question: You guys have done a tremendous job! Many thanks! And long may Polyzine live!

Dear Donna, Dotty, Pat, and all the others who wrote about the strength test article,

The response to that article was overwhelming! The general consensus seemed to be that the temperatures needed adjusting, and could we please retest.

Therefore, Cindy Pack has rerun the tests. Here are her results:

    Polymer Strength Tests, Addendum
    First off, I'd like to say thank you to those of you who wrote in with possible solutions for the Premo breakage I experienced in my tests. It was both helpful and thought provoking.

    To answer your questions, yes I do condition my clay thoroughly. I am a stickler on that. And, it is correct that Premo must be cured at 275 degrees. I have been curing all my clay at 265 degrees which is the recommended temperature for Fimo. I've since done another test with Premo cured at the recommended temperature of 265 degrees.

    While I do not have pictures, I can tell you that it did not break and could be bent completely in half. It was very flexible and strong.

    I am very impressed with my results and the lesson I've learned. Ten degrees does make a huge difference. I hope this experiment and my mistake can help others to not make the same.

    Thanks! And until next time, clay on!

    Cindy Pack

Dear Polymer Clay Polyzine:

I am a volunteer at a senior home and do arts and crafts projects. The residents are very limited in their capabilities and I would very much like to do very simple polymere projects. I am not experienced in clay but I enjoy learning crafts. Can you suggest some very simple projects that I may do with the senior citizens?


Hi Pesla!

Thank you for writing to us. I've forwarded your request to an e-mail list of over 500 people. They know what to do, and they are wonderful, kind, sharing people. Be prepared to have your mailbox flooded with projects.

In the meantime, your note made me realize that there is a need in the community we should address: senior citizens. I've put a call out for projects geared towards people whose hands may not be what they used to be. Please check back in future issues for projects for senior citizens.


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