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  • Series: Lark Jewelry & Beading
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts; Reprint edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600596088
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600596087
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.4 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #742,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

GRANT DIFFENDAFFER travels the world teaching his techniques and exhibiting his jewelry. He lives in CANYON, CALIFORNIA. View Grant's work at www.diffendaffer.com.

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A great instruction book or coffee table piece.
Roger Marlowe
Grant has many advanced techniques so if you've been working with clay for awhile, or have taken work shops with him, you will appreciate this book.
Wendy O
Highly recommended as an addition to the library of any polymer clay artist or practitioner.
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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful By R. Eberhard on February 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Like many people who work with Polymer, I eagerly was awaiting this publication by the very talented Mr Diffendaffer. I was not disappointed.

This book seeks to take many artists outside of the normal practices of hand rolling and creating beads, by using small lathes and mandrels to form and shape a huge variety of beads.

Starting with the obligatory Essential Tools section, - ho hum I here you say...not so, I guarantee that you will find items here that you either don't have, or had not considered using even if you had them. I have dapping blocks that I use for metalwork, but had relied on plastic moulds to create shape, I had not considered using my dapping block before!

The pictures are excellent, hard pressed to make a mistake in the projects and he is very clear in his intructions. Of course he covers Mica Shift, one of the techniques he is well known for. I enjoyed all the sections, from the Pearlized Mica Clay Beads through to Textured Beads, Lathe-Turned, Recursvice molded Beads, Hollow Form and Mandrel Formed Beads.

This lovely book finishes with a stunning gallery of the "masters" - Dustin,Fago,Toops,Dever,Wallin Malinow and Cormier are a sample. Thank you for producing a "different" book on this wonderful medium.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Carol Cope on February 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
definitely not for beginners or hobbyists. The chapter on mica shift is the most useful for someone who doesn't have the tools that the later chapters require. The author explains more clearly than any other book I've read how to build various ingots and how to use them to make beads.

The emphasis is on art beads perhaps larger and more modern art than the average reader has in mind to make. The book is well worth reading but perhaps it would be better to check it out from the library before buying to be sure that the book covers topics you will actually use.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Victoria S. Cubeiro on July 10, 2008
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I devour instruction art books. Polymer books are usually for beginners
making cute stuff. This is in another class. Outrageous, over the top gorgeous. Not for a week-ended artist. the turning process is brilliant and finish product is show quality.

As a statement jewelry artist [...] myself I learned
by leaps and bounds from this book. Thanks.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By LuvKimono on July 29, 2008
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I own about a dozen polymer clay books that I have purchased over the last twenty years to learn from. Most of those books contain a lot of duplication. Lots of authors offer more or less the same instruction on creating faux gemstones, caning and millefiori and other basic types of techniques, but most of these are only variations of one another. Diffendaffer has gone these other authors one better because he applies the use of tools to his work that are not commonly described in other books. These include texture plates that you can design in your studio or work space, tube and core beads that are constructed using mandrels, an oven stand using mandrels to bake many beads at one time, a lathe, polymer clay extruders, and texturing tools. He has also included information on the basics so the book could be used by those who are not highly experienced.

The bead types for which there are illustrations and instructions include mica shift beads, textured beads, lathe-turned beads, recursive molded beads, molded hollow-form beads and mandrel formed pillow beads (these are beads that extend halfway around the neck). While not all of them are to my taste, I have to say that most of them are quite attractive and very original.

The book concludes with a gallery that includes beautiful works by Dan Cormier, Jeffrey Dever, Debra De Wolfe, Kathleen Dustin, Celie Fago, Lindly Jaunani, Kasuyo Kono, Judy Kuskin, Wendy Wallin Malinow, Sarah Shriverr, Cynthia Toops and Elise Winter. Highly recommended as an addition to the library of any polymer clay artist or practitioner.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Wendy O on February 22, 2008
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Grant's book is filled with amazing photos of techniques and finished works that will inspire any artist. As a how-to book, this one is not for beginners. Grant has many advanced techniques so if you've been working with clay for awhile, or have taken work shops with him, you will appreciate this book. For the rest of the polymer clay world, read and drool over the fabulous photos and use it as inspiration to reach higher in your craft!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn Coleman on March 9, 2011
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Wow, I own most books about Polymer Clay and most of them are good, however this one is heads above the rest for me. I love the varied techniques, many of them old and known to most polyclayers but Diffendaffer offers thoughtful and genius techniques that make even the older techniques seem new and he also gives variations to try. I love it that he allows for your own creativity even as he describes the techniques. Also this book offers different styles, many books basically present the basic styles and that's it. The other thing I love is that he seems to be moving you to a higher level no matter where you fall on the learning curve. I have been toying with Polymer for a while but never as seriously as I wanted to because I felt skiddish. He has given me more confidence going through this book. And I have taken a class with one of the "masters" of Polymer Clay. But more importantly as I read the book I felt like he was truly sharing some of his "secret" techniques. Now I feel ready to begin using Polymer for my jewelry more often. Thank you Grant Diffendaffer for your brilliant book. One more thing, a small caveat to explain why I didn't give his book 5 stars...and it is a tiny issue and I don't hold it against him either but I would have liked to had slightly more specific direction as to the settings for the Pasta Machine at times. This is no big deal as I had been working with Polymer and have tons of other books I could reference, not to mention all the online tutorials I have bought, but if I were a beginner and had no other resources, I think some of it might have been harder to follow....for instance Judith Skinner technique... I have seen explained in more detail for someone not familiar with polymer. Also I haven't double checked but usually there is a section on storage...Read more ›
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