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Polymer - The Chameleon Clay: ArtRanch Techniques for Re-creating the Look of Ivory, Jade, Turquoise, and Other Natural Materials Paperback – October 10, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publications (October 10, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873493737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873493734
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #812,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book shows a whale of a lot of timeless information about how to work with polymer clay.
Jane Stansell
From the beginning of the book the reader is encouraged to consider the creative process and experiment with their own techniques and designs.
Rebecca Bergfield
I am new to polymer clay and have never taken classes, or even heard of this author prior to the purchase of this book.
p.diane

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70 of 70 people found the following review helpful By ArtWay on November 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
I've got quite a little library of polymer clay books, but as soon as this book crossed my threshold, it immediately became one of my favorite three books of the bunch.
Firstly, maybe because of Tory's expression of her gentle and encouraging philosophy about making art - and her personality seems to come through on every page. Then, too, I love trying to mimic natural things and of course, she's a master. The agate technique is complicated, but the finished results certainly appear to be worth every step. Incredibly beautiful and convincing imitatives for a variety of natural materials. And all along the way, she's telling you little things about the material that you're making - such as how ancient peoples would further decorate a precious cracked amber bead by filling the crack with pitch and embedding pieces of turquoise or other stone in the pitch. Very cool stuff.
Very clear photos and the finished jewelry objects are shown on a beautiful model. Lots of variations and options are sprinkled throughout the instructions. Everything is well illustrated with tons of pictures and Tory's hand-drawn diagrams.
The finished items displayed in the book all have an antique, usually ethnic look, even if the theme of the ethnicity for a piece might seem to be "urban relic modern." Everything fits beautifully into a cohesive gallery that's distributed from the first page to the last.
The instructions are very clear and detailed and there is sufficient basic information at the beginning of the book that a new polymer artist or crafter could feel successful with the projects provided here.
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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Bergfield on May 13, 2003
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I have gotten frustrated by books that only show a person how to make product "X". This book teaches the reader several techniques and how to apply them. From the beginning of the book the reader is encouraged to consider the creative process and experiment with their own techniques and designs. While you are learning specific techniques, Tori Hughes also points out that changes in color and style will also work well. Through this she is teaching the reader, not just showing them how to do a project. That alone makes this book a valuable asset to a book shelf. I highly recommend this book.
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By p.diane on January 9, 2003
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I am new to polymer clay and have never taken classes, or even heard of this author prior to the purchase of this book. May be on my way to an addict. I have gotten a pasta maker. So provided you are into things that far, I think even beginners with a reasonable amount of intelligence can deal with this book. The author is very specific in explaining how to imitate different natural mediums with polymer clays (some premo, some fimo, some combinations of the 2). I don't have a great deal of inventory of clay, but was able to emulate most of the techniques, represented with what I had - even if the colors were off a bit. I have gotten a couple other books, and polymer can really get outrageous, complicated, time consuming,and just plain dissapointing when the end result is not perfect enough. This book seems to take things slow and specifically enough to follow and enjoy. And, the nice thing about simulating stones, and natural things is that they are inherently defective, cracked, uneven, and irregular. Even when you mess something up a bit, it can look like it was done on purpose. For the price, I considered this book a good buy for my money.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By carolyn on December 3, 2002
Format: Paperback
I just received this today, and have read quite a bit of
it. I'm thrilled to see that the author has elaborated her
approach to art as well as provided "projects" to practice
with. I have taken her live classes and used alot of her
videos and appreciate her whole life attitude to art. Besides
sharing the tiniest details of what makes simulation so
wonderful, she expounds on the thought process and role your
mind and body plays in art. There are no errors, just ways
to collect information. Well done, great photos, nice
collection of work in the gallery portion of the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 1, 2007
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Polymer: The Chameleon Clay was the first polymer clay book I bought. It's not really geared toward beginners, but I've never been afraid to jump in with both feet. I'm glad I did! Victoria Hughes is a pioneer in making polymer clay look like just about anything. While I've since seen alternate techniques that make creating faux bone or stones simpler, I've never seen an technique that does it more realistically than hers. I regret I've never had a chance to take one of her classes.

In addition to the wonderful techniques for mimicking other materials, this book is inspirational. It showcases wonderful art or Hughes and a number of other talented artists. Exciting techniques, a wide variety of projects and beautiful photography combine to make this book remain one of my favorite books on polymer clay--and I now have quite a library of them!
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28 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 20, 2002
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This book consolidates the information from a number of her videos... and is a cost-effective way to explore these techniques. And you don't have to watch Ms. Hughes roll her eyes and practice alternative pronunciation of words in an attempt at humor. Her alternative vocabulary takes a bit of getting used to but once you figure out what she's referring to, there is quite a bit of great info in this book. Thanks, Ms. Hughes, for this alternative!...
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