Making Miniature Flowers With Polymer Clay Review

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Making Miniature Flowers With Polymer Clay
by Barbara Quast

The book begins with a very short section the polymer clay basics before moving on to basic techniques needed to make the flowers in the book.  The flowers this book covers are roses, dogwood, daisies, cherry blossoms, pansy, daffodils, and irises.

Each flower begins with “What you’ll need” – clay colors, tools, paint colors (often optional).  The instructions are step by step – from making the centers (with and without stems) to each layer of petals and matching leaves.  Plus tips and variations.  There are plenty of pictures to help you understand each step.

The last chapter is project ideas – framed projects, jewelry and ornaments,  and other ideas.

To be honest, I’ve only used the rose instructions but I do love them and they are really easy to follow.  Someday I’ll move on to the other flowers.  Overall, this a a good book for sculpting flowers.

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Published in: on March 31, 2007 at 6:18 pm  Comments (1)  

Creative Techniques For Polymer Clay Jewelry Review

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Creative Techniques For Polymer Clay Jewelry
by Nanetta Bananto

As usual, the book begins with the chapter on polymer clay basics.  The rest of the chapters are: Canes, Projects, Gallery, Templates, Transfer Images.

This book is really a study on how the same canes in different colors can affect the final look of an item.  There are 10 color palettes to choose from, though the author makes a point of encouraging you to try your own palettes.

The canes are all fairly simple – leaves, flowers, spiral, stripes, etc.  The projects are also fairly simple – pins, bracelets, pendants, earrings,  the most complicated on is a wearable vessel.  Each project is done in one color palette, however at the end of each there are pictures of the same project in other palettes.

For me, the magic in this book is how the canes are laid out and combined and how the same canes in different colors look so amazingly different.  I’d have to say this is more a beginner book in what it teaches but an experienced clayer will have fun exploring the different color palettes.

Published in: on March 30, 2007 at 9:16 am  Leave a Comment  

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Ideas

1.  Coil beads.

2.  TLS, drop in pinata inks, swirl around, add micro beads, glitter, leaf, etc.  Bake, cool and ? Edelweiss Creations blog

3.  Need to find a tiny pawprint stamp.

4.  Pinata ink mokume gane

 5. Butterfly cane. Tewee Blog. Bienvenue chez Cristalline !

6. Make roses. Bienvenue chez Cristalline ! Tut

7.  Salt, pinata inks, paints, powders?

Published in: on March 29, 2007 at 9:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

Polymer Clay Surface Design Recipes Review

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Polymer Clay Surface Design Recipes: 100 Mixed-Media Techniques Plus Project Ideas
by Ellen Marshall

 As usual, this book begins with a section on polymer clay basics.  Chapters include:  Surface Techniques and Applications (Basic Surface Recipes and Surface Techniques Intensives), Projects and Gallery.

Basic Surface Recipes are just that, the basic techniques such as stamping, printing, painting, applying canes, inks, etc.  Each starts with a materials list and some short intructions and then 3 variations with shorted instuctions.  Pictures are large and clear.

Surface Techniques Intensives are more elaborate combinations of the basic recipes and include:  Airbrushing, Brocade, Masking with Wire, Ikat Color Blend, Batik Effect, etc.

The projects are easy to follow with step by step instructions, materials list and plenty of pictures.

The gallery is 18 pages of large photos with short explanations of techniques used.

For me this is an experiment and inspiration book.  The projects aren’t my style.  It’s interesting to see the myriad of things one can do to the surface of clay and quite a lot of messy fun trying them out.  Some recipes use ingredients that I consider unusual so don’t have on hand (someday I’ll get them and try out those recipes) but there’s plenty to play with using “normal” clay supplies.  It’s also encouraged my to think outside the box and try combinations of materials I wouldn’t normally try together.

This is the book I pull out and play from when I’m in the mood to clay but don’t really care if I produce anything usable.  And a few of the things I’ve learned I’ve added to my repertoire.

Published in: on March 29, 2007 at 9:40 am  Leave a Comment  

Faux Surfaces in Polymer Clay Review

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Faux Surfaces in Polymer Clay: 30 Techniques & Projects That Imitate Stones, Metals, Wood & More
by Irene Semanchuk Dean

In my opinion, this is the book on Faux techniques.  It begins with the usual section on clay basics.  The chapters include:  Gemstones, Metals, Natural Materials, Rocks and Stones, Surface Decorations.

For each technique there is first a section on how to do it, followed by a project.  The instructions are clear and easy to follow step by step.  There are plenty of pictures.  The book ends with 10 gallery pages.

I refer back to this book whenever I decide to do faux.  I particularily like the Turquoise, Jade, Cinnabar, and River rock.  They’re easy to do and the results are quite realistic.

Published in: on March 28, 2007 at 9:47 am  Leave a Comment  

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Ideas

1.  Marbled clay covered with a thin layer of trans mixed with glitter.

2.  Flying Pig

3.  Something with those Gnome stamps I’ve yet to use.

4.  Full size mask with CF style critters

Published in: on March 27, 2007 at 11:18 am  Leave a Comment  

Polymer Clay Creative Traditions Review

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Polymer Clay Creative Traditions: Techniques and Projects Inspired by the Fine and Decorative Arts
by Judy Belcher

 This book isn’t so much an instruction book as it is an inspiration book.  It’s divided into chapters:  Glass , Metal , Fiber, Paint and Drawing, Stone Bone and Wood, Sculpture and Ceramics.

It begins with the usual section on clay basics.  The chapters begin with an overview of the inspiration material.  Then there are several “Demonstrations” (technique instructions). followed by several gallery pages showing polymer clay versions of all the techniques discussed.

The instructions are short and not detailed – not for beginners.  Sometimes it’s just a little explanation underneath a large picture.  There are only a few complete projects, mostly it’s just techniques.

There’s a wide variety of ideas in this book and the pictures are amazing eye candy.  I did find it annoying at times to see an awesome picture with no details of how to do it.  Overall, this is a great inspiration book and even the most advanced clayed will pick up a new trick or 2.

Published in: on March 27, 2007 at 10:14 am  Leave a Comment  

Inspiration

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I see a mask in this picture or maybe a butterfly or maybe both.

I seem to have a thing for feather and feathery looks right now.  Spose that means I should try feather canes again (I’m not very good at them).

If I make something inspired by this pic, I’ll darken the colors.  I’m so not a pastel person.  I’d use gold, purple, violet and fuchsia, perhaps with some thin outlines of ultra blue.  I think I’ll make the cane and then make a mask using them.

 Of course that’s once I get off my current binge.  More details on that another day.

Published in: on March 27, 2007 at 9:56 am  Leave a Comment  

The Art of Jewelry: Polymer Clay Review

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The Art of Jewelry: Polymer Clay: Techniques, Projects, Inspiration
by Katherine Duncan Aimone

An awesome book.  While the projects themselves aren’t to my tastes, the techniques are fun and expanded my boundries.

The book begins with the usual section on polymer clay basics.  Then some bits about special tools and materials.  All of this is interspersed with sidebars of gorgeous polymer clay works.

The projects are well written.  Each has a list of materials and tools needed.  The instructions themselves are step by step with plenty of pictures to help explain things.  There is a picture of the finished project on the first page of each project.

The projects themselves range from easy to somewhat difficult as well as quick to very time consuming.  Techniques covered include transfers, mosaic, caning, sculpting, screenprinting, texture, and more.

The book ends with 14 pages of awe-inspiring pictures from all the artists who submitted to the book such as Jeffery Lloyd Dever, Sandra McCaw, Pier &Penina, SL Savarick, Judith Skinner, Lindly Haunani and more.

While most of the techniques weren’t new to me, I learned variation of old favorites and expanded my boundries by trying some things I don’t normally do (mainly cuz the pictures looked soooooo cool).  This is an awesome book to have in your collection just for the eye candy.  I find myself paging thru it when I’m in need of inspiration.

Published in: on March 26, 2007 at 5:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

Hello

So I’ve decided to start a blog.  I plan on using this as a place to keep my ideas (cuz I’m forever losing the scraps of paper I write them on.)  Anything I post here is fair game to all who read it.  If you like the idea, go for it.  Credit for inspiration to me would be nice but I’m not too fussed if you don’t bother.  Posts will be sporadic.  Sometimes it might be several times a day, sometimes not for a week or more.

Published in: on March 26, 2007 at 3:58 pm  Leave a Comment