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Product Details

  • Series: 101
  • Spiral-bound: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing int'l (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589234707
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589234703
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

A Complete Polymer Clay Crafting Course in a Book

Have you always wanted to try crafting with polymer clay, but weren't sure how to begin? Polymer Clay 101 is a great place to start. Written for the absolute beginner, these thorough instructions and step-by-step photographs expertly guide you through the basics of crafting with polymer clay. Authors Angela Mabray and Kim Otterbein will teach you all about the tools and techniques used for this unique craft material. Each of the twenty projects in the book introduces a new way to get creative with polymer clay. As you explore this all-inclusive workshop, you will gain confidence in your skills and be encouraged to design your own projects.

You'll also learn how to:
  • Condition, blend, shape, and bake the clay
  • Make PC canes and use them in creative ways
  • Marble, stamp, extrude, mold, carve, and embed the clay
  • Make jewelry, tool handles, knick-knacks, or ATCs

About the Author

Angela Mabray first happened upon polymer clay in a toy store. While she quickly realized it wasn't just for kids, she still feels a childlike joy each time she finds something new to do with polymer clay. Angela lives with her husband and son in Oklahoma, where she co-founded the Central Oklahoma Polymer Clay Guild. She is also a member of the International Polymer Clay Association. Her polymer clay projects have appeared in Polymer CAFE, on HGTV's That's Clever show, and on many blogs. She writes about polymer clay at craftygoat.com.

Kim Otterbein has had a love for beads all her life and still has a baggie of seed beads from the 1960s. Kim's training as a textile designer and painter seems to blend right in with jewelry making. Kim is the primary teacher for classes and workshops at the Bead House in Bristol, Rhode Island, sharing her wide range of knowledge and experience in beading, knotting, wire wrapping, and polymer clay. She is a certified instructor of Precious Metal Clay (PMC) and also a silversmith. She has had many projects and instructional articles published in various magazines, including Bead & Button, Belle Armoire, Art Jewelry, Beadwork, Polymer CAFE, and Lapidary Journal. To see her work, go to thebeadhouse.com and click on KO Design.

More About the Author

Angela Mabray lives in Yukon, Oklahoma, where she is a co-founder, frequent teacher and active member of the Central Oklahoma Polymer Clay Guild. She is also a member of the International Polymer Clay Association. She has written several articles for Polymer CAFE magazine and has been filmed for HGTV's "That's Clever" show. Her blog, CraftyGoat's Notes, is filled with step-by step tutorials and videos that are popular with polymer clay enthusiasts around the world.

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Your book is so well written and laid out.
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I found this book to be an excellent resource for beginners in polymer clay.
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Just received my book yesterday and all I can say is wow!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Janet Allen on January 26, 2011
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You took everything that was wrong with all the other clay books and made sure you did not make the same mistakes. Your book is so well written and laid out. It is so easy to follow. I just love how you even gave the recipes for the colors. This is the first book I did not have to pull apart and bind. The spiral binding is great.

You chose such a wide variety of projects and made it so easy for a beginner through watching your DVD. What value. I guess if you charged too much more, people would not buy the book but the DVD alone is worth the price of the book. I am going to recommend this book to everyone I know. I know a few beginners and this will give them a great foundation. You have so many helpful hints.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. Babcock on April 10, 2011
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Loads of books about polymer clay flood the market - and for the most part, they give good, solid information. (I probably own most of them so I should know. haha) I'd been anticipating this book for awhile before I plunked down the funds. (So many art books, so little funds. You know how it goes.)

I'm really impressed with this book. It's like Mabray and Otterbein read all the good (and even just ok) polymer clay books and took notes. They then used those notes to write an expansive, clear text that included all the best parts of the other available books. At the same time they managed to leave the redundant, repetitive information out. (Get it? Redundant & repetitive. haha) Besides - the colors they chose for the cover are just delicious - making this hard to skip.

I love that it came with a DVD. I haven't watched it yet - and as a busy single mom, don't know when I will. Knowing it's there, waiting for me? Priceless. It feels like I got a BOGO offer...making this volume a fantastic value. The two women seem to share a single voice - making for interesting projects and easy reading. I will even go so far as to say this book makes the Skinner Blend very easy to understand and remember.

There is a sentence in the "How to Use this Book" (Introduction section): "Each project in this book is designed to teach you a new technique or basic skill". A great summation! Each project lists what you'll learn, what you'll need, and how to make... Those beyond the basics will most definitely enjoy the eye candy and the opportunity for creative inspiration. It's a beautiful book and the spiral binding is ingenious. (Are you listening, publishers?? Make more art/craft books with the spiral binding - we're willing to pay the extra buck to have the convenience!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K. Platt on January 26, 2011
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Ever wanted to try your hand at polymer clay jewellery, but did not know where to begin? This 101 workshop book scores a bulls-eye for making the process very simple. It is subtitled 'Master Basic Skills and Techniques Easily Through Step-by-Step Instruction' and it fulfils its promise on every point. It does not claim to be for the experienced and it is a basic course as it states.

Its good points are - bonus DVD, spiral-bound, so you can create whilst you read, excellent photography, good layout and simply the best step-by-step instructions I have seen. I love the bangle bracelets and the metal lead reversible bracelet. There is more than enough here to start you off, your own creativity will kick in when you start using this versatile medium. It does include mokume gane and other techniques. On the whole the projects are very good. An excellent polymer primer for beginners.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. E on January 14, 2011
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This book and DVD cover lots of basics for beginners. If you don't have a polymer clay book yet and you're considering purchasing one, make it this one. The DVD goes along with a lot of things in the book and will make sense to anyone - even someone who is not familiar with polymer clay. This is perfect for someone totally new to crafting or for an experienced crafter who wants to venture out into polymer clay. Even though I've been working with clay for years, I still thoroughly enjoyed this book and DVD. I hope more authors follow the lead and offer a DVD along with their next book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Bonham on March 5, 2011
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I've been working with polymer clay for 12 years, but am about to start teaching again. I bought this book to review for my student's reading list. This is a super book for the serious beginner. It's not so basic that you would get bored quickly. The projects are very nice and well thought out. I love that it comes with a DVD and is spiral bound. Lots of great photography too. I don't think anyone will be disappointed with this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By AmazonBuyer on May 28, 2011
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I could not stop reading and indulge myself, looking at the book.
The book itself is an Spiral-bound which makes live easy to lay it down on the table while you are learning and making the pieces.
Its Simply Stunning, Gorgeous & Very Easy to follow the instructions, which is more important when you want to learn something, because I am a visual learner and I need to see the step by step pictures to be able to learn instead of reading and trying to figure out what the author is talking about it.

If you never worked with Polymer Clay before or are trying to learn or if you are an Advanced in Polymer clay, This Book IS A MUST HAVE for your Library.

Another Phenomenal book is the: Making Polymer Clay Beads: Step-by-Step Techniques for Creating Beautiful Ornamental Beads, By Carol Blackburn, its astonishing as well.

You wont regret Buying It.
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