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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Kalmbach Books; 5.8.2011 edition (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871164094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871164094
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

As a respected and sought-after artist and teacher, Julie Picarello has become a show favorite and attracts crowds of followers eager to view and purchase her signature pieces. Julie is an active board member in the polymer clay community and also teaches for discerning polymer guilds. Her teaching has taken her to many venues and major shows throughout the U.S. and in Europe, including the Bead&Button Show. She is also the program chair for the 2010 International Polymer Clay Association Conference.




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My background is in the computer industry, where for over 25 years I have designed integrated circuits with computer-aided design tools. To counter all that left-brained activity, I've experimented with a wide range of artistic mediums such as glass blowing, glass fusing, lampwork beads, felting, wire working, bookmaking, metal etching, enameling, silversmithing and more.

Yet it wasn't until 2004 when I was introduced to polymer clay that I became truly passionate about one medium, finding that the endless combinations of shape, color and texture resulted in unique wearable art. My designs reflect my love of color, symmetry and clean lines, yet also allow for a bit of whimsy with incorporation of metal accents, hardware, buttons and vintage found objects.

I've been lucky enough to have traveled across the US, Canada, Europe and the Mid-East to teach, and I've met so many wonderful and creative people along the way. I hope that this book will be the next best thing for those who are unable to attend a workshop in person, and I wish them all the best on their polymer journey!

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The instructions are clear and detailed.
whim
Even experienced polymer clay artists will learn some new tricks from this book.
Ronna Sarvas Weltman
And I am glad that I decided to order this book.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Bellm on May 28, 2011
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I could not wait to receive this book - and I was not disappointed. It is one of the very best polymer clay books I own - and I own many. As soon as I received it, I read it cover to cover. I have read it twice since. And, while I have a tendency to scan the text rather than "read" the text (I am a visual kind of learner), I found that the text in this book was clear, and offered some great tips. This book focuses on the mokume gane (or impress/distress and slice off) style of polymer clay design. If you like the pattern/design style shown on the front cover items, you will not be disappointed.

Having had a class with Julie Picarello at Clay Carnival Las Vegas in 2010 (an annual event that I HIGHLY recommend), I wanted more. And this book fulfilled that need. I consider myself an intermediate-to-advanced PC artist and this book gave another direction/design style to the mokume gane work that I have already mastered. I would consider this a "technique" book more than a "projects" book. Some books start with a project (pendant, earrings, etc) and hope you get the idea of the technique. In this book, each adaptation of the mokume gane technique is taken to a project end, but the focus is on the technique and how that technique can be modified, or incorporated into, a variety of projects.

I would not recommend this book as a first choice for a new polymer clay artist. While it does cover some of the basics, there are other books more suitable to someone just getting started or in the early stages of proficiency. However, this book also offers great suggestions on out-of-the ordinary imprint/distressing tools as well as color mixing. Not a color theory book, just some great information on mixing color and the importance of high contrast for attractive design.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By whim on June 1, 2011
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This book is geared towards the polymer clay artist who already has some experience working with the clay and knows the basics. This book focuses mainly on one technique... imprinting, and goes into it in great detail. Imprinting is basically a technique of stacking clay (and other materials as ink, gold leaf, etc) and then slicing into it to reveal beautiful and unusual patterns. You never know what the finished piece will look like until you slice into it. It's a surprise every time! The book is loaded with good quality color photographs. The instructions are clear and detailed. The book also gives instruction on how to incorporate metal objects/accents into the clay. I own several books on polymer clay but none go into detail about imprinting like this one does. I love working with polymer clay snd I love the effects you can get from this technique. I highly recommend this book for any polymer clay artist.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Judy C. Reyes on August 17, 2011
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This book has become a new favorite of mine. I want to have it around and want to look at it every chance I get: it's just beautiful! The information in it is great, too. For me, it completes the link between polymer clay and design. It shows me how to use punches, gold leaf, and pieces of metal to add to the texture and finished look of a polymer pendant or bead. What a clever and forgiving technique for making such lovely pieces! It really showed me something NEW. I would never have thought of using the techniques in the book to achieve the "look" for which I have been searching. It is well-presented, and the pictures are so clear I can almost smell the clay. Thank you, Julie Picarello!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 4, 2011
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I took Julie's class with the wonderful Central Mississippi Polymer Clay Guild 2 years ago and in this book Julie shares even more of her how to's and it is a great refresher. I adore Julie's work and her class was the best yet to date I have taken. I went to bed dreaming of all the wonderful designs I had in my mind after just one thumb though of this book before bed time. I woke up ready to never leave my studio again (lol), this book will quickly become one of my all time favorites !
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ronna Sarvas Weltman on May 30, 2011
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Patterns in Polymer is an incredible resource on using the mokume gane technique with polymer clay. Julie has been a pioneer on taking polymer clay mokume gane to the next level, and this book is comprehensive and clear not only in instruction, but also in inspiration. Even experienced polymer clay artists will learn some new tricks from this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. Ritz on July 27, 2011
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What a great opportunity to learn the techniques of Julie Picarello!! I've long admired her work and have regretted not being able to get to any of her workshops or classes. This book is the next best thing to being there. The directions are extremely clear. I started making one of the projects before the mailman was even off the block! ;-)
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By leslie on July 9, 2011
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You get exactly what the cover promises, lots of recipes for textures in polymer clay. Good photography , clear instructions, and some great ideas.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Schindel on August 18, 2011
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Julie Picarello is an outstanding polymer clay artist. Most of the designs in this book are about her approach to polymer clay mokume-gane, which is more color-blocked in appearance than most other interpretations. What makes this book unique is her fabulous color-mixing recipes! She works in a vibrant, exciting and unusual color palette and generously shares her recipes with her readers. Those recipes alone are worth the price of the book. A worthy addition to your polymer clay library!
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