OR- SAVE OUR COLORS!
So let me give you the story here. Earlier this fall, Polyform– the company that brings us Sculpey and Premo clay brands- announced that they were adding new colors to their lines. Here’s what I copied from their FB announcement:
We are bursting with excitement â€“ new colors with endless possibilities are just around the corner. Itâ€™s an unbelievable line-up with colors you requested. Have you ever imagined . . .
â€¢ Peacock Pearl â€“eye-catching in lustrous, confident extravagance
â€¢ Magenta Pearl â€“ Glowing romance translated into art
â€¢ Sunshine â€“ innocence as sweet as a day running through the sprinkler
â€¢ Navy â€“ shades of royalty, commanding an audience
â€¢ Pomegranate â€“ juicy, rich and irresistible on the tip of the tongue
â€¢ Denim â€“ your favorite pair still fit, go ahead, try them on
â€¢ Bronze â€“ statuesque brilliance glimmering in view
â€¢ Antique Gold â€“ The classics are hard to ignore
â€¢ Bright Green Pearl â€“ dew kissed spring grass glistening in the morning sun
These are only a few of the fabulous line-up of new premo! colors.
Watch for our 2011 New Line of premo! Accents
â€¢ Magenta Pearl â€¢ Purple Pearl
â€¢ Bright Green Pearl â€¢ Peacock Pearl
â€¢ Translucent Blue â€¢ Translucent Red
â€¢ Translucent Yellow â€¢ Translucent Yellow
â€¢ Translucent Green â€¢ Blue Glitter
â€¢ Red glitter â€¢ Frost White Glitter
â€¢ 18K Gold â€¢ Copper â€“ updated color
â€¢ Antique Gold â€¢ Bronze
â€¢ Blue Granite â€¢ White Granite
â€¢ Gray Granite â€¢ White Translucent â€“ replaces Frost
New 2011 premo! Colors
â€¢ Denim â€¢ Spanish Olive
â€¢ Navy Blue â€¢ Blush
â€¢ Wasabi â€¢ Pomegranate
â€¢ Candy Pink â€¢ Sunshine
â€¢ Rhino Gray
The following colors are discontinued: Red Pearl, Green Pearl, Cobalt Blue, Sea Green, Copper, Zinc Yellow, Frost, Fluorescent Green, Fluorescent Yellow, Fluorescent Red and Glow-In-The-Dark â€“ Weâ€™ll have recipes for most on our website.
Hereâ€™s the buzz about new Sculpey colors â€“ fresh and trendy, always a crowd pleaser â€“
New for 2011 Sculpey III colors
â€¢ Pewter â€¢ Jewelry Gold
â€¢ Copper â€¢ Suede Brown
â€¢ Fuchsia Pearl â€¢ Glow-In-The-Dark
â€¢ Plum â€¢ Deep Red Pearl
â€¢ Candy Pink â€¢ Sky Blue
The following colors are discontinued: Lt. Pink Pearl, Vanilla CrÃ¨me, Pale Pistachio, Sunshine, Pottery, Stonewash, Tomato Red, Sunset, Ivory, Atomic Orange and Lemon. Weâ€™ll have recipes for most on our website.
Now, normally I just gloss over these announcements and think, well, OK. This is what companies do to keep things fresh- out with the old and in with the new. Until I read a tweet from polymer clay artist/teacher Cindy Lietz.
Cindy, who owns BeadsandBeading.com, makes her living filming polymer clay tutorials and shares countless recipes and techniques with her subscribers (read my review of her site and beginning tutorials HERE.) So for her, some of those discontinued colors- cobalt blue, sea green, and zinc yellow- are like removing her basic building blocks. One of the things polymer clay artists LOVE about PC is that the colors are based on an artist’s palette- in other words, colors that would correspond to oil paints or acrylic paints. Those primary colors, then, are mixed and blended with others to create custom colors.
But what happens when you REMOVE some of those primaries from the line? Well, you upset people because they can no longer mix to their heart’s content. You limit artists and crafters. Not cool.
This was taken from Cindy’s blog, with her permission:
Although I am SUPER excited about the new color additions, I am also VERY UPSET about three of the discontinued colors. Namely the removal of the Artist Pigment Based colors â€“ Cobalt Blue, Zinc Yellow and Sea Green.
One of the key reasons I have chosen to work with Premo and introduce it to thousands of my members, is because the color palette is based on the traditional artists color palette. In fact, I have published hundreds of color recipes based on this palette. The removal of three of Primary colors from this palette not only means that many of these color recipes will now be near impossible to mix, but so will a large portion of future colors. In fact I am working on two new palettes right now and this news has me wondering how Iâ€™m going to mix the colors I need for it. Can you imagine the outrage if these colors were removed from all oil or acrylic paint palettes? Artists would just flip out!
Polyform has said that they will offer conversion recipes to replace some of the discontinued colors. It may work for some of the recipes, but I have no idea how they are going to do that with the Primaries, since they are base colors from which other colors are made. As well, even if it is possible to create a new mix that looks similar, it definitely won’t mix the same. Therefore, any past recipes containing these colors will become null and void.
And I agree with her on this. These colors should not be removed.
Cindy has started a “virtual petition” at the end of her post, and is hoping to get 1,000 comments to submit to Polyform to prove that these colors are priceless and necessary for artist, and convince them to reconsider and made them a permanent part of their color line.
Also, if you’d like another opinion about the new and discontinued colors, read this article by Angela of Crafty Goat’s Notes. Very informative!
So let’s help out and click on over to Cindy’s petition and save these colors! Thanks!
Oh, and a PS- can we save Glow-in-The-Dark, too?? I really luvs me some GITD clay….!
UPDATE- This was JUST POSTED a few hours ago via FB:
Polyform has reviewed all of your heartfelt comments in reference to Premo Cobalt Blue and Premo Zinc Yellow. In response to your needs we are going to find a way to keep these colors available for you. We will work with distributors and will post the information as soon as we finalize the details. Please see the discussion page for answers to other questions.
Your comments were heard, your loyalty appreciated.
WOW! Now….about that Glow in the Dark clay…. ; )
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