Hello EV1! I just joined this site not long ago. This is my very 1st time posting in here ever! ?? I’m very glad I found this! I needed to find a website where I could find other polymer clayers to talk with, share ideas, ask questions, give advice, and make friends with others who share the same love for polymer clay crafting as I! ??
A little info about myself first......I’ll try to make this short and sweet but also make sure enough info is here so you kind of understand my situation. ??. I remember working with polymer clay in elementary school when I was 8 years old. This was back in the early 80’s. From that day I got hooked, and my dreams were to become a full time polymer clay artist and make a business out of it once I grew up. While growing up I worked with polymer Clay here and there, making things for family, friends, teachers, and stuff. I turned 18, became and adult, but instead of going on my fulltime polymer clay business adventure, life had a different plan for me. I got married, started a family, having 3 children. I was still making items out if polymer clay every so often for myself, family members and friends still, but not nearly as often as I did before I had children. Being a stay at home mom, taking care of 3 kids, a house, and a husband was taking up so much of my time. Lol! Then once my children got a little older I finally decided to go fulltime and make it a business like I had dreamed. Mind you this whole time since I was a child, I didn’t invest much into polymer Clay tools, and materials. I only ever bought polymer clay as I needed it. I had a scalpel, and pretty much used all household items for conditioning, rolling clay out, and making my Creations. 2013 was the year I was going to start my polymer clay dream. My kids were old enough where I could devote the time to it. I was more than ready, and it was finally time! It also just so happened that my youngest daughter, Autumn-Rose, had the same love for clay as me. From the time she was born and growing up she would watch me working with polymer clay and she loved it. When she was around 4 years old, I had a talk with her explaining everything, and I let her start working with it because from the time she was a toddler, she always showed a interest in wanting to try it. I never thought a child that young would sit so still watching me create things from polymer clay. She was just so into it. She’d avidly watch every single thing I’d do from the time I started, till the time I finished, even getting upset when I’d put it away! That’s just how much she loved it! To my surprise, once I let her start working with polymer clay when she was 4 years old, she was a natural, and LOVED it even more! My dream then became our dream, and we were going to embark on this fulltime polymer clay business adventure journey together! Unfortunately when that time came October 2013, tragedy struck. My husbands employer for 16 years was permanently laying off 1000 employees. My husband was one of them, being employee #999 out if 1000, meaning he was just one spot away from keeping his job! He was that close! ??Up till the layoff, we were your typical upper end middle class family. Long story short after my husbands laid off, we lost everything.....our house we had bought years prior, and raised our children in, we lost everything but each other. It’s been 4 years since then. It’s 2018. My daughter Autumn-Rose, is now 13, I’m now 37, and I’m not getting any younger! Things still haven’t gotten any better. We’re struggling terribly to get our dream of becoming fulltime polymer clay artists come true. We don’t have hardly anything we need to do this, Tools wise, and money is always the main & only issue. The little money we do have is from us selling a few items we’ve made, but we’re struggling terribly with selling the very little items we’ve made too. This is where this website this comes in. This was the first place I could find that had forums where we could post stuff. I’m looking for some information about certain things all related to polymer clay. Hopefully people see this they can help answer my Questions. Anyhow, I do have a few questions to ask, so I’ll get started with them.
#1: I’ve been looking for very unique geometric cutter shapes to make pendants/ Cabochons. I found some on Etsys website by JustRhondaJ, LindasArtSpot, ThreeDGeek, GFArt, eBay, Lucy Clay, and lots of other places I’ve looked. JustRhondaJ has exactly what Ive been looking for, BUT there has got to be another place/person who sells the same thing, or close to the same thing for cheaper. I unfortunatly can’t afford those prices. Trust me, I wish I could, but I cant. I’ve also tried making our own, but that turned out to be a complete waste of money. Mann those people on YouTube make it look so darn easy to make your own cutters! So yeah, if anyone knows of any other place online where I can purchase what I’m looking for from please let me know. At the top of this post is a is a picture of the kind of geometric shapes I’m looking for.
#2:If cutters are too expensive, another route I can take is using templates. So if anyone knows where I can find templates in shapes like the cutters I asked about, please let me know.
#3: Does anybody know of any websites where I can find texture stamps, other polymer clay tools, and other polymer clay related items that are inexpensive? I know about most of the common websites. I’m looking for non-common websites or sites in general where the prices are relatively cheap.
If anyone can help me with any information that can help my daughter and I, we would so greatly appreciate it! Thankyou so very much for taking the time to read this! I look forward to meeting and making new friends who love polymer clay as much as my daughter, and I do! I also look forward to learning new stuff on here thru Everyone, helping others with any information I can give, or help I can give, and I look forward to hopefully sharing our journey with you all.......that’s if this fulltime polymer clay adventure/journey gets to happen that is. I’m tryiong so very hard to make this happen, more so for my daughter, than I. I just don’t wanna let her down! Well thanks again everyone! Take Care!