Fairies Gnomes & Trolls Review

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Fairies Gnomes & Trolls: Create A Fantasy World in Polymer Clay
by Maureen Carlson

This book begins with a section a sculpting basics – making a plan, proportion, armatures, patterns, shapes, basic techniques, hands, feet and face.  It then moves on to the individual projects, which are not just creatures.  First up is a fairy door, followed by sprites, a tree face, green man, trolls, gnomes, elves, a baby, and fairies.  The projects get more difficult as you go through the book, with later projects building on things learned in the earlier projects.

Each project has a detailed list of materials.  They are step by step with pictures for almost every step.  The steps are very detailed.  There are tips and tricks scattered liberally throughout the book.  Each projects ends with examples of variations, with some instructions.

What I like best about this book is that the creatures aren’t always pretty.  Sculpting is not one of my strong points and this book is perfect for me.  Beautiful delicate elves and fairies are just beyond my abilities at this point (not that I don’t stop attempting them).  This book shows that perfection is not always needed, sometimes it’s not even right.  Big noses, wrinkled skin, big ears, chubby bodies…all have their place in the fairy world.  I expect that making the “imperfect” creatures will help me learn how to sculpt and as I get more experienced I’ll be able to refine them into the delicate beauty that is typical of elves and fairies.

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Published in: on April 2, 2007 at 10:19 am  Leave a Comment  

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