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From: BrickleBears1/9/17 8:39 AM 
To: All  (1 of 7) 

I noticed that eBay has a lot of listings for polymer clay. They have Sculpey, FIMO, and other brands, but they also have off-brands that are probably made by the seller. These off-brand clays are less expensive, and offer a broader color spectrum. Has anyone tried these? If not, do you think I should stick with Sculpey?

One advantage I see from using an off-brand product is that it might be a high quality clay that is actually better than an established brand.



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From: Debbie G / Twinkle (debtwinkle)1/9/17 5:42 PM 
To: BrickleBears  (2 of 7) 
 71373.2 in reply to 71373.1 

My experience, and from what I've heard from others, the 'off' brands are not up to the quality of clay like Kato, Premo, Cernit, Fimo, Souffle. Sculpey is okay for certain applications, but it tends to be softer and more easily broken once cured than the others. The quality clays, cured correctly, can be made paper thin, cured, and bent and twisted with no ill effects. It's quite amazing! Each clay brand has it's strengths and weaknesses. A bit of research, and you'll quickly get the gist of it.


From: BrickleBears1/9/17 8:08 PM 
To: Debbie G / Twinkle (debtwinkle)  (3 of 7) 
 71373.3 in reply to 71373.2 

I found a great deal on eBay. 

I bought a set of 35, 2 oz. packages of Sculpey, a compete set of powdered chalks, and a set of bottles glitters for about $80. 

I'm glad I didn't buy the off-brand stuff. Thanks to you I knew what kind to get.


From: Claylady43 (Penni_Jo)1/10/17 11:55 PM 
To: BrickleBears  (4 of 7) 
 71373.4 in reply to 71373.1 

I only use these strong clays, Pardo, Premo, Fimo Classic or Fimo Professional and sometimes Kato. Lately I've been toying with buying some Cernit, it too is a strong clay with beautiful translucent but not easily available here in Oklahoma. But more and more I find myself buying clay only in the winter months from the web so any of these brands work for me. Yes, I will mix brands that bake at the same temperature.

For classes I use Premo for a number of reasons but mostly because it is very strong, good colors that mix well and easy to condition.


From: TbyTrina1/24/17 7:34 PM 
To: BrickleBears unread  (5 of 7) 
 71373.5 in reply to 71373.1 

Watch out for the off brands. They haven't been manufactured to the standards we like. I sometimes use the Michaels brand with my seniors class because it is cheaper but we do very simple things

with it.


From: PEA (PennyEllenSw)6/2/17 11:28 PM 
To: TbyTrina  (6 of 7) 
 71373.6 in reply to 71373.5 

What brand would you compare Michael's brand with?


From: TbyTrina6/4/17 4:25 PM 
To: PEA (PennyEllenSw)  (7 of 7) 
 71373.7 in reply to 71373.6 
I bought some once to use with my seniors class. It is very soft and kind of like Sculpey III. Not for caning, jewelry or sculptural work. Not worth the savings to me. A mix in, maybe.

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