LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
I really, really enjoy your online magazine! How, can I make the instructions printer friendly? Keep up the good work.
See the letter below!
Ellen Rosenberg wrote: "I do suggest that the background color of the pages be eliminated so that printing would be faster and use less of those expensive cartridges. "
Regarding printing pages with background color: I use Internet Explorer, and under "Tools"/ "Internet Options"/ "Advanced" tab, you can set your printing of pages so that the background color does NOT print.
Oh, what a joy it is to get two new issues of craft mags in one day. While at work, I read the new issue of Polyzine. When I opened my mailbox yesterday, I found my new issue of Bead and Button. This month's issue mentions Nan Roche's mokume gane technique and references that it was printed in issue 28 of B&B. Thought you would like to know!
Courtney AKA Shades
Great magazine. I have become a polyholic along with 5 other friends that get together regularly to create. Unfortunately, I have a developed a problem that maybe someone out there can help me with.
After playing with the clay for some months without problems I suddenly had a bad case of eczema on the palm of my right hand (I'm a lefty). I knew it was the clay because I would leave it alone for 2 or 3 weeks while the eczema cleared and then after only a few hours of using the clay it would come back again. In its defense, I know it isn't only the clay that promotes the rash as I recently had an intensive five days of making art cloth (dyeing, screen printing, etc.) and the eczema came back with a vengeance. The doctor advises staying away from whatever is irritating it (yeah, right....).
I hate the idea of giving up the clay!!! I can't imagine that using gloves of any sort would work. Any ideas???
I do know that people who want to minimize fingerprints as they create use thin latex gloves, the kind that doctors use, when claying. I would suggest trying these out.
Also, is it every type of clay you use, or just one? Perhaps switching to another brand would help.
Anyone have any suggestions?
On a related note, when I use silver Fimo, it feels very strange to the touch and it leaves my hands very dry. I can't stand to use silver Fimo!
I want to compliment Elissa Powell on her articles. They have consistently easy to follow instructions & WONDERFUL photos! She also comes up with the most interesting, yet easy canes! Thanks to her & Kyle for their excellent work!
I agree [with Tommie]. Those that say this new art is worth seeing are crazy. I don't have to see such displays of vulgarism to know it stinks. Dr. Laura has also mentioned this on her radio talk show. This is not art!!! Let's bring art back to the children. Let them see the world as beautiful and not as filth.
I was pleased to read Tommie Howell's April 2001 article "PC but not too PC." This discussion of clay safety is long overdue. I enjoyed his common-sense approach, and I could certainly sympathize with his indignation over the tactics of scare-mongers.
Three hips and a hooray for Tommie Howell's rant on the polymer clay safety issue! I too have been concerned by these posts in the PC forums that lament the "dangers" of working with polymer clay. You can find a hazard in any art medium if you look long and hard enough. What if Picasso had decided to give up painting because he was afraid of the paint? Working with polymer clay has provided a much-needed outlet for my creativity and is a marvelous stress reducer. That alone far outweighs the fear of any imagined risks from working with it!
I am one of your gazillion fans who appreciate your online zine--thanks! My suggestion is, I hope, an easy one.
It would be a lot easier to read and understand the articles if they fit on my monitor screen. Most of them, unfortunately, are so wide that I have to scroll back and forth, left to right, to see the entire text and the accompanying pictures. Others in my guild have mentioned this, too.
I am not a techie (obviously!), but I understand from people who create web sites that this is a common problem--that the person doing the layout sees everything fine on his or her screen and doesn't realize they need to make the necessary tweaks so that all users can enjoy the "product."
Anyway, my 2 cents--if you can't fix this, that's ok, you're performing a wonderful free service for us.
We use tables for our articles, and we set them at 95%, which is supposed to fill 95% of the screen of whomever is looking at the page. However, we also use a screen that is set to 800x600.
I don't know if that makes a difference. Does anyone out there know what MLBee or we can do differently?
I just viewed your March 9, 2001 horse [the Western New York Polymer Clay Guild horse]. What can I say....it is more beautiful than beautiful...what an outstanding job everyone did!!!
Carleen Schult Belton, TX
The pictures of the horse are wonderful. I live in Scottsdale, AZ and we have decorated fiberglass horses all over the place and none look as good as this one. What a job well done!
Howdy! I am from Montana and and we don't have a local PC Guild. Your lessons and articles are fabulous and inspiring!!! Keep up the good work and DEFINITELY add me to your mailing list.
I would like to second Ellen's suggestion of adding Polymer Clay Express to the list of reliable suppliers (May 2001 issue).
Like Ellen, I am not affiliated with PCE, I am a more than satisfied customer. They have a great selection of products, so you can do all your PC shopping at one site. Their standard prices are highly competitive, they have a great weekly email that sets forth the new information and products on their website, as well as the weekly sale and specials (which make their already competitive prices even lower). Their customer support is awesome, and orders are delivered promptly (and shipping prices are reasonable). In short, it is a PC-er's dream.
I also have a question. Does anyone have any tips for cleaning a clay gun? Cleaning out the barrel is a chore. I've scraped down the inside with popsicle sticks, pressed baby wipes and paper towels through the tube, and no matter what I try, it is a tedious process at best. All suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Finally, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for a great magazine. I am a self-taught PC-er, and although I have worked with various media since I was a child, the versatility of polymer clay has me totally addicted. Polyzine sets forth refreshing approaches to polymer clay, so I am continually inspired to clay on. The mosaic came in May's issue has dozens of ideas dancing through my head!
I thought I would let you know that there is another wonderful clay supplier out there who works with you to get anything that you could hope for. It's Clay Alley.
I love pcpolyzine!!
Do you know of any company making a cane slicer besides Judith Skinner? I wouldn't mind the price except the replacement blades are priced very high. I have tried various techniques to achieve an even slice of cane to no avail...so far, all I've managed to do is slice wedges of some really great canes. Can anyone offer advice?
I know what you mean about getting wedges instead of slices. Members of my guild and I have talked about this same thing, and we are going to get together to build our own slicers. I didn't even think about the cost of the blade, so we will take that into consideration.
One of our guild members gave me this fabulous tip for cutting even slices with just a tissue blade. Put the cane on a grid of some sort, and line it up on the grid lines for the thickness you want. Stand directly over the cane, position your tissue blade directly below you, over the cane, and slice down to the grid. Slice slowly and keep yourself square to the cane and directly over it.
I've found I make nearly perfect slices this way. I can also make whisper thin slices this way!
Readers: anyone have a cane slicer source for Jean? Or slicing tips?
I am having trouble with your article on making a troll head (by Christel Jensen). I cannot get the pictures with the instructions to load. If I click on the broken like images it shows the bigger pictures, but not the smaller ones in the step by step.
I'd like to print the article with the photo for reference at the sculpting table, so I'd appreciate any help. I tried it several times here on this computer and also at the library and got the same result.
Also wanted to tell you how much I appreciate the 'zine. You keep getting better and better as you go along. This edition was the best yet! Ms. Jensen's article was noticeably different from a lot of how to sculpt articles, a different technique that makes great sense and will offer another way to get the results you're looking for. And Tommie Howell's latest ranting was fascinating and thought provoking. And I loved the article on the West New York Clay Guild's horse project! What an amazing artistic job done by the artists, and terrific reporting and photography.
I hope to see more news features like that in the future.
Regarding my previous letter that I couldn't get the pictures to load in that article, I wanted to let you know I fixed the problem.
Yes it does seem to be a problem with Earthlink. I switched to IE and had no trouble with the loading or the printing. I don't really understand why it was a problem, but what the heck, I'm glad it's fixed. Actually, I like IE better than the Netscape browser I was using, so actually you guys helped me out a lot. ;) Thanks! Keep up the excellent work!
Thanks for your letter and follow up. Earthlink doesn't seem to like Polymer Clay Polyzine! We've had mail from a number of Earthlink users who coudn't get access to articles or pictures.
If any of you are in this situation, call Earthlink and let them know.
My name is Marie-Laurence, and I'm French. I live near Paris and I do love jewelry making. I began as a beader and, thanks to a wonderful french polymer clay list http://www.egroups.fr/group/CREATIONFIMO I began practicing polymer clay.
Here is a necklace I very proud of. [Check it out in Readers' Gallery.] It is my third necklace as a polymer maker. I hope you'll enjoy it too. I own a site about beading and Polymer clay in French and in English. Here it is:
I'd be very happy to welcome you.
I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU ALL FOR THE WONDERFUL ARTICLES AND TECHNIQUES. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEW ISSUE EVERY MONTH. THANKS AGAIN.