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Something that I get a lot is, "Isn't polymer clay expensive?". Well, if you live in Canada like I do, yes - it is! Small 2oz bars of Polymer Clay can cost as much as $5.99 CAD, depending on where you shop. And after breaking the bank how many times, I have learned to be a bit more frugal when it comes to my clay-buying binges.

Both Canada and the U.S have Michaels (which is a large craftstore chain), but if you don't live in the city or get to one of their stores during a good polymer clay sale, you aren't going to get much of a bargain. My closest Michaels store happens to be about 1 1/2 hours away, so it isn't going to do me much good, at all, by the time I spend the money to get there and back again.

So what is the alternative? Well, consider how you are reading this very article - the good old internet, of course! There are plenty of sites offering advice on getting the best Polymer Clay deals, but only if you live in the States. So what if you live in Canada? Well - you're in luck. With our Loonie being so strong right now, Americans aren't the only ones getting great deals!

Here are two fantastic online stores for buying your polymer clay and other great supplies. They pretty much sell every single tool and supply you will ever need!


Polymer Clay Express

This online store is my absolute favourite. It is actually run by the folks at a Brick and Mortar store in Maryland, USA, called the ArtWay Store. Being as Maryland is extremely close to the Canadian/U.S Border, shipping times are extremely reasonable and I almost always have my clay within a week. They carry all popular brands of clay such as Fimo, FimoSoft, Premo, Sculpey III, Studio, Kato, Cernit, etc, as well as several Liquid Clays, Air Dry Clays, and all sorts of other Art Supplies and Clay Supplies.

Sculpey III is only $1.50 per 2oz pack and Fimo, FimoSoft, Kato, and Premo are only $1.75 per 2oz pack. Shipping is inexpensive if you only buy enough to fit flat in an envelope - which is usually around $6.00 - larger and heavier shipments can cost more. The good thing about the Shopping Cart is that if you input your Zip/Postal Code, you can get an estimate of how much shipping will be AS you shop. And Canadian Residents, do not fret... just because it is in American dollars, you are still getting a great deal. The Canadian Dollar and U.S Dollar are so close right now that there is only a few cents difference on every dollar.

Polymer Clay Express website: polymerclayexpress.com/


The Clay Store

This online store has an amazing collection of all sorts of Polymer Clay, and the prices are roughly the same as Polymer Clay Express. They are located in Winter Springs, Florida, U.S.A, and Canadian Residents can expect to wait a little bit longer for their shipments - usually about 2 weeks or so. Shipping prices are also very reasonable, and you can always keep track of how much it will cost with their handy-dandy shipping estimator in your Shopping Cart.

A few of the perks for this website is their great deals on large bars of clay. If you know you are going to be getting into Polymer Clay, and you have a particular brand in mind, their "Discount and Wholesale" section is a great way to get several blocks of clay all together for a very good price. The Clay Store also carries the "Makin's Professional" brand which is always good for their Clay Extruders - seriously, once you use one of those Clay Extruders, you'll never be able to go back to the standard Sculpey brand Clay Extruder in which you need to push and push and push on the plug until your face goes blue. More information on Extruders in my next article!

The Clay Store website: theclaystore.com/


As for places like Europe, Australia, South America, and other International countries, I would love to hear about where you get your clay. There are many websites that sell it all over the world, so share your sources so that other clayers may benefit from your finds! Happy Claying!
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1303mart Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I keep getting diverted to expedia or a blank clay store page with this link. :(
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monsterkookies Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Sorry about that. It seems that the Clay Store has closed down. :( Polymer Clay Express is still kickin', though.
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Death-n-Taxes Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter

thanks so much I use to use dblick.com they were pretty cheap, but shipping was a killer.

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monsterkookies Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, they are pretty good. I agree on the shipping.
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justjoanjm Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
Thanks for the links :)
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monsterkookies Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem! :D
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WolvesOfComedy Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
I live in Maryland cool.
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monsterkookies Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hooray! Then you are super close to Polymer Clay Express. :)
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fractek Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012   General Artist
great... thanks for the info! :hug:
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monsterkookies Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem! :D
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wolf-love-foweva Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
GO TO THIS ONLINE STORE ITS SO CHEAP!!! I GET ALL MY CLAY THERE IF I'M BASICALLY BROKE
[link] HAVE FUN!!
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monsterkookies Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome! ^_^
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wolf-love-foweva Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
welcome :) i found it a while back
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GoldenOrca Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
How come Fimo is so much more cheaper in other countries than in Germany, even though it's produced here? I have to pay 2.20€ per 56g block, which is 3.11784 USD. I can get it for 1.75€ online, but I'd have to pay 5€ for shipping :(
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monsterkookies Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm not sure! But that is pretty bogus, I would say. It is a LOT more expensive to buy polymer clay here in Canada, which is why I order it from the States for much cheaper...
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GoldenOrca Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
Damn States :P
Wish we had something like Michael's here.
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monsterkookies Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
We have Michaels here in Canada. But it's mad expensive for polymer clay unless they are having a good sale.
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citruscouture Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
for those in the UK, www.beadmerrily.co.uk is brilliant! 1.40 a block of sculpey or fimo and good delivery rates too :)
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TinaNordloh Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yay!! I bookmarked the sites! Lovely new art supplies to ooogle at and choose from!
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Noadi Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Dick Blick [link] has good prices as well and frequent discount deals and fairly inexpenisve shipping. In particular they offer the 1lb blocks of premo (limited color selection for those) and super sculpey cheaper than just about everywhere. They are a general art supply store though so they don't have a lot of the specialty tools.
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Bonzo-1039 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010
I live in Glasgow so visit Millers Art store since its one of the few places that stock fimo. It's pretty expensive though.
This site - www.beadmerrily.co.uk seems a bit more reasonable, 1.40 for small fimo soft blocks.
A lot of the bigger craft stores also give student discounts too :)
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Dreaming-in-Green Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
I'm considering using this sometime in the future so thanks!
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Gothicmamas-stock Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010   Photographer
wow, thanks for sharing this :)
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BlackWolfChick Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
I can get really cheap clay over here in England :D And it takes me two minutes to get to the craft store that supplies it :evillaugh:
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rottenhearts Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
hey! I'm from england too, only i REALLY struggle getting clay!! :(
Would it be possible to steal some information from you? As i'm running out of clay now! haha xxx
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BlackWolfChick Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
Well it might depend on where abouts you live. I live in manchester and there is a shop called fred aldous [link] <--- that's there sight. They sell some pretty cheap clay. You might be able to order it over the internet buttt... I dunno, that might make it just as expensive :D
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rottenhearts Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
hey :) cheers for the site! I'm no where near Manchester, but I'll look into seeing how much it will cost for them to post stuff :) Thanks again! x
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BlackWolfChick Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Okay, no problem :D
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MacabreWeb Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok seriously thank you so much! My nearest craft store is far, and Michaels is even farther. I don't have a car or a license, and my mom can't drive the far do to seizures. So I am forced to be resourceful, which isn't a bad thing but there are just some things you totally NEED. That site has EVERYTHING I've been looking for and couldn't find around here and for relatively cheap. Not to knock hobby lobby but damn some of there stuff is overly priced and not even that grand.

Sincerely hun, thanks a bunch!
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emmy-db Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i order a ton of things from them last month buut i still havent recieved anything :cries:
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monsterkookies Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Really? :(
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emmy-db Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
got it yesterday :boogie:
gawd i hate waiting for things to turn up in th post, two weeks is long enuf for me buut over a month is just plain torture lmao
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monsterkookies Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I'd say! I've had things take a month or longer too and it sucks! I wasn't waiting for polymer clay, though, I was waiting for other supplies. Ugggh.
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MintyMocha Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
Thanks for the links!!
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egyptianruin Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
I often drive to Polymer Clay Express. If there is anything you want me to pick you up ever and mail to you let me know! They have tons more items than listen on their site. I often use their embroidery board sticks (just slivers of them) to sand out in the tiny crevices, hehe.
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QueenQuill Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
What are embroidery board sticks? What tiny crevices do you sand out, crevices in polymer clay pieces?
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egyptianruin Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
Yep, I sand out parts of the clay that I can't reach with normal pressure and hand sand paper. The embroidery sticks are the naifiles made of cardboard or styrofoam like at nail salons cut into slivers lengthwise. :)
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monsterkookies Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome!!! :D
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