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Creative Ways with Polymer Clay Hardcover – December, 2001

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It's hard to believe that polymer clay--a bake-in-the-oven plasticized clay--is only 10 years old. Artists around the world almost immediately capitalized on its easy-to-fashion, malleable properties. At first, most products were jewelry--beads usually created to resemble Italian glass millefiori. After early experimentation, items morphed into decorative accessories as well. McMillan straddles both sides and has the added advantage of tapping into the different expertise and styles of a variety of practitioners. Techniques, too, have expanded, using older methods such as gilding and glazing and newly invented how-tos such as the Skinner blend (melded colors) and image transfers. Even better, crafters can pick from among 31 projects, ranging from traditional (Chinese good-luck lantern) to extraordinarily modern (tiny jointed teddy bear). Directions are adequate but would benefit from more illustrations. A gallery of artists at the end adds insight and inspiration. Barbara Jacobs
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Dotty has been working with polymer clay for many years and is passionately in love with the medium. She is a member of the National Polymer Clay Guild of America and lives in Orange County, California. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (December 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806917458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806917450
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,072,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a wonderful helpful book for anyone wanting to take a step forward in using this versatile medium. It is heavy on artistic applications, and the projects are richly elegant. She has shared some hints for working with some of the more intriguing methods of handling the clay.
The best part for me was the compared methods of doing various techniques, i.e. monkume gane.
While it gives a good description of what polymer clay is and lists the items one may use to work with it, it probably is not a good choice for a first PC book, as a lot of the basics are not detailed nor illustrated. However, for those who want to polish their techniques or need a kickstart for a new ideas, it is a real winner.
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By ArtWay on October 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
A long-awaited polymer clay book is finally here, and it was worth the wait! The author has done a great job of pulling together a huge variety of techniques and including a solid grounding in the basic knowledge that someone would need to get started with this fascinating medium. She's written about the things that clayers want to learn, and I think that following the step by step pictures will be easy, even for an inexperienced clayer. The projects range from jewelry techniqes and projects to making tiny books to home decor items like lamps. The gallery section is inspiring and incredibly varied in the items that it presents. Major eye candy! I would recommend this book to any polymer clay fan!
Elizabeth
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Format: Hardcover
To begin it's a beautifully done hardcover book! It's jammed packed with techniques/information and DO-ABLE projects for polymer clay aquainted beginners to those that have worked with polymer clay for years. The range in projects is VERY exciting! I loved every one, and I have no doubts that everyone will find that they too will enjoy and be tempted to try almost every, if not all, of the projects. It also includes a wonderful *Gallery* of some of the most beautiful polymer clay artwork by many polyclay artist.
Very well written, easy to follow and beautifully photographed! In my humble opinion, this is a *gotta have* book for any & all interested in creating with polymer clay.
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Format: Hardcover
The Author, Dotty McMillan, shows cutting-edge techniques in polymer clay with sophistication and elegance. Her use of polymer clay demonstrates the versatality of the medium, and her designs (and those in the Gallery) show that polymer clay is a serious artist's medium.
This is a book that is geared to all levels - the basics are covered for the beginner, with tips to improve the work of the more experienced. The many projects are so well written that beginners could execute them successfully, and innovative enough to delight more experienced clay artists. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in new techniques with a sense of style and a professional touch.
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By A Customer on March 21, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I was totally thrilled with this polymer clay book. It is remarkably well written with all of the how-to details extremely clear and precise. The photographs are stunning and the projects exciting. I like the fact that there are projects for beginners as well as for the advanced clayer. The author has included not only her own projects, but those of some other fine clay artists which gives the book a wonderful variety. This is an absolute must for the clayer who is looking for creative ways to use the clay.
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Format: Hardcover
I was very disappointed with this book. It is true that it includes many exciting techniques, but the instructions are very poorly written (including editing mistakes and typographical errors) and frequently less than helpful.
Some of the editing choices that were made were questionable. For example, on one page there is an image of an (admittedly lovely) brooch and another "detail" photograph of the same brooch--only the "detail" picture is only slightly larger than the original and therefore doesn't add any extra information.
The artwork selected is also disappointing. I found the majority of the pieces to be somewhat unsophisticated. While there are several notable exceptions, on the whole this book failed to inspire.
In short, there are many excellent books on polymer clay already, and more are being printed every day. Pass this one over.
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Format: Paperback
This is perfect for someone who knows the basics but wants to start having some real fun and making some gorgeous pieces of polymer clay art. I was very pleasantly surprised that even though the book is 13 years old the pieces were something I'd be proud to make and display today. I love using clay as a medium in my art because if you learn a technique you can apply it to so many things. I personally am trying to learn new techniques because I love making mixed media canvas art and it just wouldn't be as amazing without polymer clay and I learned quite a few new techniques in this book. Just to give you a quick overview I've compiled a little list of what you'll find in this book because if you're like me, you really miss having a Border's around the corner to sit and review the insides of books to see if they will help further your quest to find that perfect book so I'll try and help you out. Plus I took some pics for you so you can see what a few pages look like. She did a lovely job with her images and instructions so you'll be able to follow along easily on any of the projects she gives tutorials for.
1. She has a first section on the basics of polymer clay (history, safety, baking instructions, tools to use, and info on conditioning and preparing the clay.
2. She also has a great section on techniques that runs the gamut from image transfers, rubber stamps, the Skinner blend, making canes, glazing, and making your own cutters. This section is a nice 22 pages with amazing images as usual.
3. There are 31 projects.. yup, 31 amazing projects with everything from making a cute amulet to a gorgeous faux cloisonné pendant. There is everything from jewelry to an adorable little teddy bear in its own box. I honestly was in love with some of the projects.
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