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"If you need a 'hit' of polymer clay inspiration, you'll want to take a look at this new book."  —Polymer Clay Daily


"A fantastic book! It's well written, concise, and beautiful."  —Polymer Clay Central.com


"This is one of the best books I have seen on the subject of polymer beads."  —Upper Midwest Bead Society Newsletter


"A stunning gallery of handmade beads that might even cause a non-crafter to rush out and purchase blocks of polymer clay."  —Detroit News



"This book is a real gift to the polymer clay world."  —San Diego Polymer Clay Guild newsletter



"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

About the Author

Carol Blackburn is a designer who works with polymer clay, beads, and tassels. She is a member of the British and American Polymer Clay Guilds. 
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave; 1St Edition edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596680199
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596680197
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.3 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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This book is a compilation of MANY techniques I'd learned here and there over the years for making polymer clay, especially faux materials (wood, stone, leather, bone) and mokume-gane, which is a layered, irridescent technique that mimics layers of metal cut and polished. (Hard to describe, think cutting layers into the damascene metal like a Samurai sword's visible layers of steel to make a moire-patterned surface.)

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.
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This book is far and away one of the best polymer clay books out there! The steps are clear and beautifully photographed. All the techniques, (and there are close to all of them in this book,) to make the beads can easily be applied to any other project. But the finished pieces, oh the finished pieces, are perfect for this book. Each one simple, beautifully finished, elegantly put together, thoughtfully arranged. If you are new to clay, BUY THIS BOOK!!! It will be an invaluable resource for you. If you have more experience, BUY THIS BOOK!!!! It will remind you how to hone your skills and give you beautiful work to be inspired by. Excellent job Carol Blackburn!
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First off - yes, there are LOTS of books available showing all sorts of different projects using polymer clay and no, you won't become an expert overnight with this one or any other one. HOWEVER, Blackburn has provided a book with updated information and the guidelines to get you on your way to make the beads of your dreams - referring to the first section entitled "Materials and Techniques:" espcially, blending-Skinner Tech., Combing, Caning, Molding, Shapes, Drilling, Polishing (very important), Varnishing, Foils, Extrusions, Textures, Transfers Stamping, Mokume Gane, Mica Shift and more. Just remember, she and others making beautiful polymer products do this all the time and so practice, practice, practice. That being said, I have to say that I truly enjoy this book as so many others have mentioned - that being the focus on bead making. My own efforts over many months of work were so so at best. Once I followed her steps, which are given with photos & written info for each step, I am much more pleased with my own beads.

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.
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