2013 Polyform Premo Sculpey Polymer Clay Multi Packs

Premo Polymer Clay Multi PacksVideo #412: Very excited to see Cobalt Blue and Zinc Yellow included in the Classic Pack.

Topics Covered In This Video:

  • Polyform just recently sent me a box of some of their new products for 2013.
  • Two new Premo Sculpey Multi Packs 12 (1oz) Packages. Premo 12 piece Sampler Classic colors. Premo 12 Piece Sampler Mixed Effects.
  • I was excited to see that Polyform had reintroduced a few discontinued colors back into the Premo line and included them in these multi packs!
  • Cobalt Blue and Zinc Yellow were added to the Classic pack.
  • Pink Florescent and Yellow Fluorescent were added to the Mixed Effects Pack.
  • This is a BIG DEAL because back in 2011, when Polyform retired Zinc Yellow, Cobalt Blue (and a few others), the polymer clay industry was up in arms about it. For polymer clay artists who mixed their own colors, losing Cobalt Blue and Zinc Yellow was very upsetting, because they are such important primary colors for color mixing. In fact here at the PcT Blog we conducted a Petition to bring those colors back.
  • Back then they had discontinued those colors because they weren’t selling that well. At the time, I had suggested they make a multi pack, similar to what they had in the SculpeyIII line, and include the primary colors in there. That way people would still have access to the colors, and they could still make the sales.
  • I’m not sure if others beside myself had also suggested the idea of including the retired primary colors in a multi-pack. Either way, it appears that Polyform listened and we now have a way to continue to get our Cobalt Blue and Zinc Yellow fixes. Thank you Polyform!

Question of the Day:

Do you like to buy your polymer clay in these multi packs? Or do you prefer to buy them in the larger packs? And what do you think about having Cobalt Blue and Zinc Yellow back in the mix?

I look forward to hearing from you.

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Cindy Lietz SignaturePolymer Clay Tutor
  1. Tante Sherry, 12 August, 2013

    well now – that is super good news about the cobalt and zinc – it makes me have a bit more faith that some companies Do Listen to their customers:) So Sculpey Co. gets a great big ‘At A Boy’ or ‘At A? Girl’ what ever the case may be;)

  2. Jocelyn C, 12 August, 2013

    So glad Polyform listened to their customers and returned with the primaries. Exciting news. Love those packages too. Sometimes you want a mix of little ones to try out first and this meets the need perfectly. Happy Dance!

    Would anyone happen to know who is already stocking them for purchase online?

  3. Ken Hamilton, 12 August, 2013

    YEAY!!!!!!!! They brought back the impossible to mix colors, I haven’t tried the recipe for the sea green to see if it behaves in other formulas like the premade blocks, chalk one up to the squeeky wheel getting the grease.

  4. Lupe Meter, 12 August, 2013

    Well that is awesome news!! Thanks for sharing that good news with our group, Cindy! Now we can go back and play with color recipes again, Yeah!

  5. Cynthia Ryan, 12 August, 2013

    When I first started with polymer clay I bought some multi packs of the different clays. It was a great way for a beginner to try smaller amounts of the colors and different brands.

  6. Sue F, 12 August, 2013

    I’m not in the targeted market segment, but here’s my $0.02…

    I only buy multi-packs when there is absolutely no other way for me to buy a product I want (e.g. Kato Concentrates). Multi-packs are not cost-effective for me because the collections of colours (and/or the proportions of those colours) are never anything like what I want, which means much if not most is effectively wasted. Scrap clay happens anyway; I get rather peeved at the idea of specifically buying it! ;)

    Even as a complete beginner I wanted to choose my own polymer clay colours, tools, etc. The same has been the case for pretty much everything I’ve tried: I don’t like “starter kits” of any kind unless I can compile my own from a comprehensive range of candidate items (although I did give a metal clay starter kit as a gift once, to someone who I thought would like that kind of thing). I don’t like fixed combinations either… although I’m a fan of “any X for Y dollars” bargains!

    However, it is good to hear that the cool primaries and some other retired colours are back again, sort-of. If I didn’t have a good stash of those colours from when they were previously made (and if I used Premo more often than I do), they would possibly be an incentive to buy the multi-packs. On the other hand, unless I was likely to make effective use of the other colours in the multi-pack, I’d be more likely to just use another brand. With the Kato Concentrates I don’t really have any choice but to buy multi-packs as there aren’t any equivalent products available from other manufacturers, but there are other polymer clay brands that I can get cool or neutral blues and yellows from for colour mixing.

  7. Jocelyn C, 13 August, 2013

    Just returned from the main Polyform site, looking for larger packages of zinc yellow and cobalt blue. No dice, appears it is only available in multipacks. Have no problems purchasing one multi to get started, but, do not wish to purchase all that additional clay just to get their two primaries to be able to make all of Cindy’s wonderful colorways in the future.

    Sure many other clayers in the industry feel the same way.

    Sure hope they realize the need, and put those colors out in the 2 oz packages soon.

    Maybe if we all started a write in campaign on the Polyform Facebook Page, it might trigger them to make the larger packs?

  8. Maria, 13 August, 2013

    Now I don’t have to hoard cobalt blue and zinc yellow any more!!!
    But I do wish they would release them out again in the 2 oz size – I don’t like having to buy all those packs!
    Oh well .. at least they did listen to us!

  9. Anna G, 18 August, 2013

    Go on polymer clay express they have them in 2 oz sizes!!

  10. Jocelyn C, 20 August, 2013

    Anna, thanks for the info, just checked and sure enough the cobalt blue and the zinc yellow primaries are displayed in 2 oz packages.

    The only note is that these colors are displayed in their old style wrapping, so I would wager that they are left over from when the two colors were originally stopped, almost two years ago.

    This is a renown retailer, so I am sure they have done everything in their power to make sure the clay stayed fresh, but, upon purchasing it, you might find you need to work it more to condition it.

  11. Anna G, 20 August, 2013

    You probably will need to condition it but I find that sculpey is very soft so it’s probably fine!

  12. Jocelyn C, 13 August, 2013

    Please all forgive me, but, I am going to hi-jack another thread in pursuit of product, lol. I remember Donna Kato mentioning the below but, sigh, clueless to find the link.

    Buna cord, pre-finished, with the female part being able to allow most focal beads to thread through or be linked onto by a finding. Donna mentioned she found an excellent Chinese wholesaler website that took a few minutes to arrive but had massive unit price savings.

    Does anyone remember this convo on the web somewhere? If so, could you head me in the right direction? I have been googling word combos like the trouper I am, but I cannot find the source or site link where Donna was able to get quantity for an excellent unit price.

    So appreciate the help…..

  13. Dixie Ann, 14 August, 2013

    Jocelyn, can you email Donna and ask her? I don’t quite understand what you are looking for. Is it the Cord with the little rubber washer? or a specific finding to work with the cord? I buy my black buna cord by the foot in 3 different sizes and make my own cord endings.

  14. Cindy Lietz, 14 August, 2013

    I saw some of those at Michaels the other day Jocelyn. I did find this link… don’t know if it is the same company or not but they are a Chinese Manufacturer that sells bulk lots at cheap prices.

  15. Jocelyn C, 15 August, 2013

    Cindy, bingo. That was the discussion, and a like resource from China. Looking for the buna cord with the endings Donna showed in her pic, almost internal silver closures that allows you to place a pendant bead or charm directly onto the necklace through the finding.

    The ones at the link have blugy ends, so it would be harder, or I’d need to rework the bail idea. Adore that look of the simple black cord worn higher in the necklace and a big focal bead. The type you showed how to make in the natasha bead tute would be perfect.

    She got 200 at a time, I think. I have looked at images until I am nearly blinded by buna and have not found it, so Dixie, think you are right, and it is time to send Donna a note to get better directions.

    Thanks to both of you for your help!

  16. Andrea Paradiso, 16 August, 2013

    Just ordered some with the closures thru Fire Mountain yesterday. They have a variety in colors and closures and widths. I have never used this myself so bought a package of two for 8″ bracelets.

  17. Jocelyn C, 21 August, 2013

    Thanks so much for the link, loved these and am awaiting their arrival. Hope the “latch” keeps with big pendants, lol. Great online store.


  18. Dixie Ann, 14 August, 2013

    Michaels has the new multi-pak if anyone is looking. Saw it there yesterday. I really hope they bring it back in the 2 oz. packages. It is so much more cost effective especially when Michaels has their 4/$5 sales. Also off topic is the bags of glass chips I found at Michaels. I found that by running them through the tumbler and then coloring them with alcohol inks, they make great colored crystals for drusies, barretts, bezel fillings or whatever your imagination takes you. I am hoping to make some bezel beads with them and PC. The alcohol inks make them so bright and colorful. Here is a link to the Pinterest page that shows what they look like after being treated with the inks.

  19. Jocelyn C, 19 August, 2013

    Dixie, I swear I salivated like Pavlov’s dog at the sight of those gorgeous ink stained crystals. ROFL!

    Love the bigger size and wow, would they look fabulous in faux geode or faux druzy looks like Cindy’s tute. Thank you for sharing, trying to find some now…..

  20. Dixie Ann, 19 August, 2013

    Jocelyn they are at Michaels in the florist dept. I ended up with 31 different colors of 1 tablespoon each color and put them in the little stackable screw lid containers. They take up very little room and I have a lot of ideas for projects. I bought the plain silver glass color so I could ink them whatever I wanted. I used the alcohol inks I had made from the sharpies and I still have 30 colors in the Tim Holtz inks if I want those colors too. I really do recommend you put them in your rotary tumbler with the course grit and run it for about 12 hrs. It makes a great deal of difference since the glass has some sharp edges when you first buy it. When done tumbling, rinse in a large wire sifter and spread it all out on a large towel. Be careful you don’t get any down your drain. It is very easy to seperate after it dries. When you spread it around the plastic grit comes to the top and the glass bits can be scooped up with a spoon. I used little syrofoam bowls and mixed up a tablespoon of each color and let it set overnight until it dries. The colors are just gorgeous. There is no end as to what you can use them in.

  21. Jocelyn C, 21 August, 2013

    LOL, you are another one whom I would just love to watch work in your studio, love how you create and very much appreciate your contribs.

  22. Gail H, 16 August, 2013

    I enjoy color mixing and am delighted to have these free recipes you send each week!
    I am very glad to see these colors back as they are such important basics for color mixing.
    As for the multi packs vs. single larger packs, I would rather have the larger single packs. Some of the other colors I may not use very often and I would rather spend my money on something I need right then.
    Keep up the good work on the videos; lots of good tips!

  23. Andrea Paradiso, 16 August, 2013

    I buy the larger blocks when possible. I’ve been claying a year and a half, so didn’t know about the ‘missing colors’. The other day when I went to order and found Zinc Yellow, I thought I had totally lost it for a year and a half not seeing this color before. Well, no wonder! I had the Cobalt Blue from Dick Blick, I believe, and not tried it yet. But, as I love blue, this is already a yummy color without even mixing it up!

  24. Anna G, 18 August, 2013

    Where can I buy these kits? Can someone provide me with a link?!?! Please!!!

  25. Dixie Ann, 19 August, 2013

    Anna, the kits are at Michaels Store. If you don’t have one close buy, do a google search and I’m several places will pop up you can order from. Hope that helps. :)

  26. Cindy Lietz, 19 August, 2013

    Yep, Dixie Ann is right, they do have the kits at Michaels Anna. A quick Google search would probably help you find more places to by them as well.

  27. Anna G, 21 August, 2013

    You’re so kind thanks so much! I don’t have a michaels nearby so I’ll have to make a trip!

  28. Anna G, 20 August, 2013

    Did you guys know that you can buy the colbalt blue and zinc yellow online at “polymer clay express” thought that would help!!

  29. Ken Hamilton, 20 August, 2013

    I think the idea of the post was that it’s back in the stores and you don’t HAVE to buy it online, to me that’s a pain, i’ll do it, but much rather walk into the store and get it right away when I need it, now we can only hope that they bring back the 2oz blocks to the stores as well.

  30. Jocelyn C, 20 August, 2013

    Several folks have noted their need to purchase clay in the larger 1 lb blocks.

    I have purchased that quantity several times from the retailer below, and it always arrives in top notch shape.

    Also, right now it’s on sale, so do check them out.


  31. Anna G, 26 August, 2013

    Does any one know the rough price of these?

  32. Dixie Ann, 27 August, 2013

    Anna, I think Michaels has them for around $9.99 just a guess.

  33. Anna G, 27 August, 2013

    Do you haves website where you post what you make?

  34. Jocelyn C, 27 August, 2013

    Yes, Anna, Cindy and Doug have a FB site for Polymer Clay Tutor where you can upload pics of your work. That gallery is so much fun to go through first thing first cuppa, lol.

  35. Anna G, 27 August, 2013

    I mean Dixie Ann

  36. Anna G, 27 August, 2013

    This was 25.00!!!!!

  37. Dixie Ann, 27 August, 2013

    Was the clay pack $25 Anna? Was that at Michaels?
    They do have a 40% off coupon this week but still that is a little high if your buying the 1 oz. mutipak.
    Anna I have a Pinterest Site if you want to check it out but you can also see a lot more on our PCT facebook site so be sure and check that out too. Lots of great stuff there doll. :)

  38. Anna G, 28 August, 2013

    Yes at michaels! I thought it was a bit much but I love them!

  39. Jenna L, 01 October, 2013

    I just purchased BOTH of these packs from Michaels and I ADORE them. I have the Sculpey ones too but their packs have double colors and I don’t like that. But buying singles makes up for it. Love the cobalt blue!!

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