TECHNIQUE OF THE MONTH
by DIANNE COOK
Not Exactly the Technique of the Month . . .
Publisher's Note - August 2012: This article appeared in 2001. Many, if not most of the links are no longer valid. Click at your own risk of hitting dead ends. There are no new links to substitute for some of the businesses. However, Clay Alley carries an extensive line of unique tools, clay and doll-making supplies.
Having followed up on my decision to no longer sell supplies, I have had several of you ask for supply sources. After dealing with suppliers, I have my favorites: suppliers who are dependable, trustworthy, helpful and quick to deliver.
By mid-April, www.polymersuppliesonline.com will open its doors. Many of the supplies that were available at wdpstudio.com will now be available at this e-store. I recommend this online e-store to purchase your buna cord, ball chain, O-rings, artistic wire, Beedz and Treasure Beadz as well as pasta machines, tools, polymer clay books and other polymer clay supplies. This e-store has polymer clay and just about everything you need for your polymer clay art.
The proprietor, Tammy Sims, is wonderful to order from, very helpful and conscientious. She has conducted eBay auctions for quite a while, and many of you know her by her eBay ID, tas32. If you would like to order prior to mid-April, just email Tammy at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
http://www.prairiecraft.com/: Site proprietor Vernon Ezell (Donna Kato's husband) has a wonderful selection of my favorite carving tools and Dockyard tools, as well as Kato and Kemper tools. Prairiecraft also carries clay and other items for pc artists. Keep an eye on this site as they expand their supply of tools for polymer clay artists. Also, while there, take a look at Donna's Fat Pen Project!
http://www.weefolk.com/: This site, owned by Dan and Maureen Carlson, is my personal favorite for buying polymer clay. If you have a resale license, call Dan to set up a wholesale account for purchasing Weefolk supplies. They have a wonderful selection of polymer tools, molds, videos, and the polymer clay is always fresh.
The following links may not look like links for polymer clay artists, but look again, I have used items from every one of these links for my pc art! Sometimes you find the best item in an unlikely place.
http://www.craftpizazz.com/mystore/category.asp?PageID=11: Get your Hot Off the Press books here.
http://www.bigfishtackle.com/: Hey, you don't have to use fishing tackle boxes for just fishing! I love this place for finding new containers.
http://cottonpress.com/: Cool molds for pc.
http://www.scifi.com/: Do a search for "isinglass". You will discover mica tiles! Also, check out the very cool motors, bottles and jars.
http://www.essentialsupplies.com/: E.D. Luce Products make the best jars, bottles and containers. I suggest that folks do a group order here for the best deal.
http://www.arttoday.com/: This site has all the royalty-free, copyright-free clipart that you can ask for.
http://www.powderedpearls.com/: Sandy Lemons is the proprietor for Powdered Pearls. Call Sandy with wholesale inquiries if you have a resale license. Watch this site for new colors later this year!
http://www.buymed.com/shop/catalog.asp: If you are looking for good vinyl gloves, look no further! Buy them here in bulk.
http://www.sistersanddaughters.com/: My favorite place to purchase doll hair and colored pencils and…faery wings!
http://www.taxidermy.com/cat/18/artwater.html: This site has faux water.
Catalogue: This Australian site is for cool threads.
E-Com Plastics - Secure OnLine Commerce in Plastics: For acrylic products.
http://www.fncyarn.com/index.shtml: Terrific fibers.
http://www.lacis.com/catalog/catalog.htm: This looks like natters' heaven, but check out the supplies like purse frames.
http://www.paradisefibers.com/fiber.htm: The URL says it all.
http://www.miniworlddolls.com/: Prompt, responsive delivery. I order my doll eyes here.
http://shop.dragonmagic.nl/: Glass animal eyes here.
http://www.perfect-touch.com/modeling.htm: Perfect Tools sold here. Wonderful sculpting tools!
http://www.victoriancottreasures.com/mokuba.htm: Just about any ribbon you could ever want.
http://www.nationalartcraft.com/: Group order here for best price. And, for heavens' sake, get the catalogs. Amazing site.
http://www.onlinemetals.com/: An online source for brass rods, strips and other metal needs.
http://www.rings-things.com/: Jewelry findings, etc., for those of you with resale licenses.
http://www.schmoozewithsuze.com/catalog.htm: Cool inclusion materials and a source for other glitzy stuff.
http://www.twisteez.com/basics.html: A direct source for colored coated 'telephone' wire.
Duncan | Kids Crafting: Another colored coated 'telephone' wire source.
USArtquest: A source for Perfect Fx and Pearl Ex, although I suggest doing a 'rubberstamp' search for a more reasonable source.
Jones Tones - Online Catalog for Fabric Paints, Glues, Glitter, Holographic Shapes, Gem Stones, Transfer Prints, Decorative Foils: Wow, what a mouthful! E-mail or call if you have a resale license. JT has a reasonable minimum for wholesale.
http://www.riogrande.com/: Get their catalogs, then you can order online. Rio Grande is absolutely the best in service and delivery. Group purchase or quantity buys for best price.
http://www.hutproducts.com/penkits.html: Quality pen kits and many other items.
http://www.usahardware.com/inet/webSession/store/dept-1/department/dept-1/item/10900/icn/20-930446/shopper/US983639863-52175/flecto/2000_4.htm: Your on-line Flecto Varathane shop.
Cookie Cutter Factory.Com Home Page: Cutters to delight your heart.
Texas Art Supply Store: All-around art supplies.
That should keep you busy surfin' the Net this month!
Watch this spot next month for a pictorial walk through of the MDPAG 2001 Retreat – a real eye candy treat!
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