LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Dear Editor,

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!

Linda Sickler

Hello Polyzinholics !

I am a French new polyclayer, and totally enthusiastic about your on line magazine. Every month I wait for your magazine for about 29 days, wondering about all the good ideas and talents you are going to show us. Please do not consider my approximate English language, I just wanted to tell you that here in France -where we are 4,000 years BC (Before Clay)-, your notoriety is growing up.

Happy poly time.

Chris

Dear Editor:

I'm trying to find the gizmos that turn buttons into earrings, known as Button-Ons. I'm having no luck. Do you know where I can buy these?

thanks in advance.....

Elizabeth Morse

Readers:

If you can help Elizabeth, email me.

Deirdre

Hi

I am new to the computer and new to polymer clay. I was trying to email you and this sign came up so here I am. Probably in the wrong place so pleeze bear with me...I am looking for people who do the polymer clay thing here in southwest Florida, you know humans that I can interact with at some point in time.

I probably will do ok on this confuser (computer) but right now I need human contact......or some one I can call and say "hey did you ever try this and how come it didn't work" or "wow did you ever do this"......I have been having fun with the clay and have tried all sorts of stuff... used the public library and I have joined NPCG actually that's where I got your site.

If you can't help maybe you know someone that can?

smile
PAT

Readers:

Anyone able to help Pat?

Deirdre

Dear Editor:

I have just recently found your 'zine and thoroughly enjoy all your articles. I have to say, though, that Tommie Howell's article "PC, but not too PC" in the April edition was both funny and informative. I agree that we Americans are a little on the paranoid side when it comes to environmental pollutants...or the evil specters thereof... Tommie's information was great and helped to relieve some of the misgivings I have had. Anyway, how can anything this fun be bad for you? All I have to say is "Right On, Dude! I look forward to more of your great articles.

Suzi McNett
PolyNeophyte
Hemet, CA

Dear Editor:

You have a great site for someone like me hungry for more knowledge on polymer clay. I would like some hands on training. I live half way between Charlotte, NC & Atlanta, GA on I-85. There must be classes somewhere in these "hills." Asheville, NC is only a couple of hours away. I will appreciate any help in directing me the right way you can offer.

Kay of SC

Dear Kay:

I know there is a guild in Asheville. Asheville guild, can you help Kay out?

Deirdre

Dear Editor:

I'd like to add Polymer Clay Express to the list of tried and true poly-clay suppliers. (http://www.polymerclayexpress.com ) I have found that they provide top-notch service at great prices. Definitely worth a visit (and likely an order ). Besides great prices on clay, they also carry a variety of tools, paints, powders, foils, videos, books, and more. No affiliation, just a very satisfied customer.

Ellen

Dear Editor:

Tommie wrote...
>>>I would ask, however, that you not go around promoting precautions as the way to go because it scares talented new people from picking up the clay. We lose new blood over this sort of thing. <<<

Tommie's article on the safety of polymer clay is the best article I have ever seen on this subject. It is clear that the research has been done and the facts have been proven. If that just isn't good enough for the "still doubtful", there are plenty of places listed in the article where they can check out the info for themselves if they want to sort through the chemical jungle.

Personally, I am thrilled that all that mumbo-jumbo has been reduced down to something I can easily comprehend by someone who is thoughtful and of greater intelligence to do all the work for me. Well stated, well written and highly informative, this article should be given to any and all "new blood" entering the world of polymer clay so that they can have joy without fear ...can create new and wonderful things to inspire without hesitation ... and feel confident that those of us that are lovers of polymer clay will always watch out for their best interest because we really care.

Thank you Tommie.

Now ... about that lethal stuff growing in my fridge ...

michele 'luny'

Hi,

As usual, I jumped on line on the first to see what is in store for the current month. I am truly impressed. Each issue gets better than the last.

I just wanted to put my two cents worth in about the instructions. I like them just the way they are. While I'm new to clay, I'm not new to instructions about various materials and techniques in arts and craft. I love the pictures so frequently presented with each step. Sometimes I simply can't make sense of the words because of my own thought process and the pictures really help. I can feel comfortable in getting it "right" the first time and experiment from there.

And the font size isn't a problem either. I can print out the techniques and leave them on my workspace and still see them without having to put down the clay and pick up the paper. Your instructions are just fine. Although, I did have a problem downloading the "monet cane" and the "Technique of the month - suppliers" printing of off the page.

And thanks to Tommie Howell. Well said! Most of us enter an extremely dangerous area every day. OSHA would probably limit our use extensively and prohibit children entirely. Open flames, chemical reactions, cutting edges, puncturing devices, the potential for biological contamination. But we all have to eat and so we still use the kitchen. Yes, we need to be careful and respect the need for safety in all of our endeavors.

Thanks to all of you for being there.

Bobbie Hayes

Dear Editor:

I love your endeavor! I anxiously await the first of the month to see what new techniques and articles you've come up with. Thank you thank you thank you. I noticed a number of letters in the April issue regarding the printing of the projects. I agree that the pictures make the articles easier to understand. We need them! 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.

Again, thanks for Polyzine.

Ellen Rosenberg

Hi, Deirdre,

In response to those wanting shorter articles so they can print them out more easily, I wanted to pass on a tip I just learned today. This works in IE (Internet Exporer) & AOL's version of IE. I'm not sure about Netscape, but it's worth a try!

Once you find a webpage you want to print out, click on "File" on the top bar. In the dropdown box that appears, click "Save As." A box will open which will have a bar along the bottom. Click on the down-arrow on that line. Another dropdown box will give the choices of saving as HTML or text. Choose "Text" & then save as usual. Next, open the file in your word processor program & print it out from there.This will strip out the pictures & HTML code, & the resulting text will be printer friendly.

BTW, I'm definitely not in favor of reducing the number of photos in the articles. They really add to the usefulness of the article & are wonderful "eye candy" besides!

Barbara Hart

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