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Premo Sculpey Polymer Clay

Bought Any Premo Clay Lately? How Firm Is It?

A long while back I talked about the reformulation of Premo Sculpey clay to remove the phthalates and make it a greener more earth friendly product. If you missed that article, here’s the link:

Phthalate-Free Premo Polymer Clay – A Blessing or a Curse

At the time, I had bought up a whole bunch of old stock Premo Clay (the firm stuff), and only had a few blocks of the soft sticky new formula. More recently I’ve bought some of the new formula that is still soft but not quite as bad.

I have heard through the polymer clay grapevine (there is one of those you know), that Premo Sculpey has tweaked the formula further to make it firmer and more like the original. This would be great news for all of you who like to use Premo for your polymer clay canes.

Have any of you out there bought Premo Sculpey clay quite recently? If so, how is it? Back to firm? I’ve been waiting for another sale at Michael’s before buying more and have been curious. Please tell me if you know anything.

BTW: If your clay is too soft, there are extra steps you can take to harden it up. The following link goes to a preview video from my course that shows how to do this: How To Firm Up Soft Clay Using A Pasta Machine

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  1. Lunes – Kylee, 21 April, 2009

    I love Premo – the only downside is that there is no-one in France selling it wholesale and Sculpey never ever contact you back! Kylee

  2. Sue Castle, 21 April, 2009

    It has now been over a year since Michael’s had anything but Sculpey III on sale. I suspect our days of 99 cent Premo are long gone. I haven’t purchased any Premo in over a year (since the last Michael’s sale, LOL) and got some soft and some firm, there doesn’t seem to be any consistency (but there are packs in that bunch that still have the pthelates warning, too, so who knows what’s new and what’s not???). I’m a die-hard Premo user though, so who knows what I’ll find when I next “need” to purchase some. Hugs, Sue C

  3. Kam, 21 April, 2009

    I just bought a couple of packages…..and was a little shocked to see it “crumble” through my pasta machine. I have never had this problem before. I was hoping it was just a bad batch….and I am glad I only bought a couple packages!! It took extra conditioning….but after it was fine. I just didn’t care for the extra time involved!!

  4. Anna Sabina, 21 April, 2009

    I am not sure how many of you have a Hobby Lobby store in your area but all polymer clay is 30% off this week. Not as good as 99 cents but better than full price; works out to be $1.50 for regular and $1.59 for pearls and metallics.

  5. Dave Robertson, 21 April, 2009

    Hi Cindy, thanks for yet another useful and well-thought-out post. I’ve recommended you several times to crafts people, and now I’m passing along the Kreativ Blogger Award to you for your helpful work here. Many thanks to you!

    Dave at Rings & Things

  6. Ristak, 21 April, 2009

    I am a huge fan of Premo! But like others have already mentioned, I haven’t bought any since Michael’s stopped selling for 99 cents. I have a pretty good surplus of it for now and I run into some that is sticky and mushy and some that just crumbles in my pasta machine.

    On a positive note Jo Ann’s was selling Fimo and Fimo soft for 99 cents a few weeks ago, and I went and bought some. Seemed much better then I first remembered. Also there was some Studio By Scupley colors that were on clerence for 99 cents. I had been wanting to try it, but was not willing to pay the price until now. I made a few things with it, and in my words it is “petable”. I just like feeling it. But new note to myself, it does not mix well with Premo or Fimo. It leaves little black dots every where.

    Been exploring making some new beads (Skinner blend Stripe canes, into beads) and Premo seems to work the best! *Sigh* Why did Michael’s have to ruin such a good thing! = )

  7. deirdre, 22 April, 2009

    I’ve purchased Premo at Michael’s recently. Some was rock hard (baked in the truck, I think) and I returned it. Some was soft but not mushy, but I did notice that the more I worked with it, the mushier it got. I tend to leech my clay anyhow because I’m always leaving it on paper and forgetting about it. I think a good leeching make it easier to work with in the long run.

  8. Cindy Lietz, 23 April, 2009

    Thank you everyone for the info! I too have noticed the suspicious lack of 99 cent Premo at Michaels lately! Boo Hoo! It’s too bad they are the only place to buy clay around here. Looks like I may have to order some 1 pound blocks online since I don’t like paying full price and it is cheaper buying in bulk.

    Thank you all for the great comments! I really appreciate them!

  9. Lori, 24 April, 2009

    I usually buy my Premo online at They have sales where it is as low as $1.29. It is funny though because they put the one pound blocks on sale too but they work out to be higher in price than just buying 6 – 2 ounce blocks. Go figure.

  10. Cindy Lietz, 25 April, 2009

    Thanks for the tip Lori! I know that’s weird when the small packages are cheaper than the large ones. I guess they figure if you’re that serious about clay you’ll pay for it!

  11. Danielle Bailey, 17 May, 2009

    hey! I have good news for you! Premo is on sale 4 for $5 this week at Michaels!!! I’ll be buying a crapload!

  12. Cindy Lietz, 17 May, 2009

    Thanks Danielle for the mention. I appreciate it! There is another discussion about this polymer clay sale over at the “Bead Magazine Review” link up by my name above as well. Hobby Lobby has marked down their prices too. Yippee!

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