Material Shortages and Weird Supply Issues

There’s no secret – my preferred clay is Sculpey Premo and the related Sculpey stuff. With the COVID19 pandemic Polyform, the parent company, has had all sorts of issues with keeping up stock at distributors and my already shaky supply chain has become hit or miss. Living in rural Canada has always made getting materials a bit of a mess but there’s nothing like a global pandemic to mess up shipping and production.

It means that I’ve started stockpiling when I do find materials and I’ve been buying bits and pieces of other brands to use. I’ve cranked through some of my very, very old Fimo clay and I tried Cernit for the first time in… a very long time.

I have enough scraps and bits and pieces I’ll be able to keep making stuff for ages yet but I’m out of some of the colours I use for specific pieces in my shops … and of course they’re my most popular sellers. I hope they show back up as restrictions and shortages begin to ease. It has been a weird year and a bit!

2 comments

  1. Lisa Clarke says:

    I am down to the dregs of my supplies. In February, I attended a virtual Clayathon, during which I made things in colors I never imagined I’d ever use. It was a good exercise in creativity, but I really would like to get my comfort zone colors back, thank you very much! Plus there’s this new minty shade of Premo I’d really like to get my hands on ?

  2. Elaine says:

    Usually all the shelving in that picture is full to the end and I have more in storage because I sell it locally / run classes. With the pandemic I’ve not done classes but a lot more people wanted to crafts… so this is my low.

    Of course, I probably have 70 or 80 pounds of scrap clay but most of those aren’t colours that will make my ‘catalogue’ designs.

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