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Making Polymer Clay Beads Paperback – April 1, 2007
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"A stunning gallery of handmade beads that might even cause a non-crafter to rush out and purchase blocks of polymer clay." Detroit News
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"This stunning collection of bead possibilities is enough to make one fall in love with the versatility of polymer clay all over again." Monsters and Critics.com
"A concise yet comprehensive reference on this colorful medium." Art Jewelry magazine
"If you've ever thought about trying polymer clay but didn't know where to start, this book is perfect for you." South Jersey Bead Society
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Before I do this review, International Customers need to check this book. It is also sold under a different ISBN - Title: How to Make Polymer Clay Beads, has a completely different cover and publisher. It also retails cheaper - in Australia for instance it's full retail in AUD19.95. I have BOTH copies and they are identical books. It also has a completely different cover in the UK - making it three "versions" - how to confuse customers.. Now to the review........
I am often asked by cash strapped students, if you had to pick one, what do you recommend....this is it. Carol Blackburn has set out to clearly show you how to make beads in every shape, form, style and faux technique that you could imagine, and she has succeeded. Commencing with an excellent intro, very handy for newcommers to PC, she covers all materials and techniques that you would want to know, Caning, Colour Mixing, Stacking, Applique, Inlay, Transfers, Rubber Stamping. Mokume Gane and Mica shift are just a few of those covered.
She then moves onto Faux Techniques, absolute winners, each and every one, and with 16 of them you would be hard pressed to not find some you liked. In particular the coral, amber, Abalone and Veined Marble were brilliant.
You are then taken to an area that many books fail to deliver - bringing it all together. Understanding tools, finishing techniques, jewellery findings and what works well with what. Finishing with a very nice gallery indeed.
What makes the book extra special. Brilliant clear photographs that actually show you the technique, not leave you guessing. Logical sequence, clear written instructions and fabulous examples of completed work. All very wearable and contemporary - no glitzy or cutesy bits here.Read more ›
Skinner blends, millefiori, mica, foil, inlay, stamping and surface impression are also covered. Nothing is handled in too much depth, but enough is given so that most of the techniques are accessible even to polymer clay beginners.
The examples of bead jewelry will take your breath away. I just wish there were more of them, as the artistry was exceptionally good.
If you want a one-stop shopping volume for making faux stone or materials, this book has a great sampling and very good tutorials. There were a number of techniques I hadn't seen before. In all, an exciting book for the polymer clay artist, and a great reference for faux materials, let alone the many shapes and styles of beads. A must-have for your beading library.
My main interest in this book has been section two "Faux Techniques" - wood, marble, ivory/bone, leather, amber, coral bronze, abalone, jade, mother-of-pearl (amazing), silver, malachite, turquoise, lapis, onyx, agate. For the most part, I have been extremely pleased at the outcomes of my efforts, but some of Blackburn's representations of imitating certain things could be better. Lapis - get the book "Polymer-The Chameleon Clay" by V. Hughes in order to get a more realistic lapis stone appeal, same as for jade - but this 2nd book is horrible when it comes to Turquoise (also described in Blackburn's book but still not as realistic as I would like...a difficult stone to mimic). So I use the Hughes book for some faux items.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I very much recommend this book to anyone who wants to get into polymer clay bead crafting.Published 5 months ago by Whitney S.
THIS IS AN EXCELLENT BOOK IF YOU ARE A BEGINNER TO POLYMER CLAY. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT! THE LAYOUT, THE PICTURES, THE TEACHINGS ARE ALL EXCELLENT FOR A BEGINNER. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Trekbabe
Very well explained tutorials. Nice to have a book to flip through when you don't feel like spending time digging for tutorials on the internet.Published 7 months ago by m calko
Excellent photos and soooooo many ideas for bead and jewelry making! I love this book. The instruction is pretty straight forward and easy to read and the format is easy to take... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Daniell K
Discovered it will be a lot of fun to past the time with clay! I have found various areas to try and learn! Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ronald C Cint