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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft; 1st edition (June 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823013626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823013623
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Donna Kato is one of the world’s best-selling authors on polymer clay crafts. Her books The Art of Polymer Clay and The Art of Polymer Clay Creative Surface Effects have sold more than 110,000 copies. Her Kato Polyclay is available across the country. She and her husband, photographer Vernon Ezell, live in Florissant, CO.

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Donna Kato, teacher, product designer, and artist, is the author of The Art of Polymer Clay, the bible of polymer clay crafting. For many years, she served as a representative for Sculpey and Fimo, and recently she has partnered with the art-materials manufacturer Van Aken to design her own line, Kato Poly Clay. She and her husband, photographer Vernon Ezell, live in Florissant, Colorado.

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Well written, great photos, easy to follow instructions.
Madeline Faiella
To be honest I was a little disapointed by Donna Kato's first polymer clay book, but this one makes up for that, and then some!
KathySG
I highly recommend this book for any polymer clay artist or library wanting to add a high quality book to a crafts collection.
Sheila Slater

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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful By M. Donnelly VINE VOICE on August 3, 2007
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Here's the review I also have posted on my blog, Polymer Clay Review [...]

Yes, another 5-star book. Are there books I don't like as much? Yes. Have those been published lately? No.

It has been a decade-yes, a decade-since Donna published her first book, The Art of Polymer Clay. This second book takes us to Donna today. Her style is elegant, her techniques are innovative, and her instruction makes her projects accessible. I've taken two classes from Donna. In fact, I joined my local clay guild when I first started claying just to take Donna's class-and I haven't looked back.

Donna's book is like a portable Kato class. Donna taught many of these techniques in the classes I took from her. However, having this indispensable reference book enables me to review the class at my leisure and further experiment with her techniques. She approaches each technique in a straightforward manner-teach techniques, then apply them to a project. This enables us not only to complete a sample that masters the technique, but also a very beautiful finished piece that will get people talking.

Donna splits the book into seven different sections:

* Polymer Clay Basics
* Mica Shift Techniques
* Transferring Images Onto Polymer Clay
* Creating Texture
* Paints, Inks and Pigment Powders
* Special Effects with Liquid Polymer Clays
* Sculpture and Mold Making

I love Donna's techniques. They are the result of hours of experimentation and development on her part. The book details both how to do something-and why. For instance, Donna makes a mold from her rubber stamps using polymer clay and THEN uses that mold to create her pieces.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Sheila Slater on August 26, 2007
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I just started working with polymer clay a few weeks ago and wanted a book that logically explains techniques as well as offering good photography. Being a librarian and fiber artist, I HAVE to have my own library of art/craft books for reference and inspiration. Kato's is one of the best I have for any media. It's well written and organized and the photos are inspiring. I highly recommend this book for any polymer clay artist or library wanting to add a high quality book to a crafts collection.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Cindy on June 26, 2007
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I've loved Donna Kato's work for some time, but while I've purchased several polymer clay "how-to" books in the three years I've been working with PC, this is the first of Ms. Kato's books I've purchased. It won't be the last.

I received it today, and read through it, cover to cover. My hands are itching to try the techniques she so generously and painstakingly shares. While other leading polymer clay artists sell these same techniques individually in seminars and on expensive DVDs, Ms. Kato has demonstrated several processes I've been hungry to learn in one place, in a beautiful, inexpensive and clearly written book.

Hats off to Donna Kato!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By KathySG on October 18, 2007
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To be honest I was a little disapointed by Donna Kato's first polymer clay book, but this one makes up for that, and then some!
It is about 50/50 techniques and projects and covers everything in great detail. The projects are really interesting and different for anything I've seen before. The finished items look really professional and prove that polymer clay can be pretty amazing when in the right hands. I would strongly recommend that anyone into polymer clay get this book.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Margaret C. Harper on July 1, 2007
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I've worked with polymer clay for over fifteen years. I have almost every book every published on the subject. This new offering by Donna Kato is concise, clear, beautifully researched and breathtakingly photographed.
We've waited a while for this book to appear and it has been worth the wait. So many books on this subject offer great photography but confusing text. This newest book offers the processes we've wanted to learn in terms that we can all manage - no matter our abilities!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Juan Carlos Ises on September 3, 2007
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You get to know how to, to all the things the title of this page says but most of the projects are to make pendants, if you looking to make a lot of beads projects get " Making Polymer Clay Beads: Step-by-Step Techniques for Creating Beautiful Ornamental Beads by Carol Blackburn " as complement to this book, I think you gonna learn a lot out of this two books to start making polymer clay jewelry or whatever.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carol Blackburn on August 15, 2007
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Donna Kato has done it again! Her first book, The Art of Polymer Clay, published in 1997, is still a valuable source of information but now
she has written another that is also a beautiful, informative, visual gem. This one is full of surface effects including methods of transfers for toner and inkjet prints, stamps, stencils, inks and paints, liquid clays and more. Each technique has a step by step tutorial with clear photographs and text. The finished pieces are all enhanced by outstanding design as well as craftsmanship.
A great book by a truly talented artist. It has been well worth the wait.

Carol Blackburn author of 'Making Polymer Clay Beads'
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jana Roberts Benzon on July 3, 2007
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This long awaited book sure lives up to (and even exceeds!) what we'd expect from Donna Kato! The book is meticulously and concisely written and photographed, and the projects are simply _gorgeous_! Each unique and classy technique is more intriguing than the last....every turn of the page brings added excitement about trying out her projects. Donna's writing style and the formulation of the book are reader/clayer friendly, and the instructions so clear and easy to follow. I'm fairly picky about polymer clay books, and this one definitely ranks at the very top of my collection. In this book, Donna shares with readers her unbelievably unique, creative and stunningly beautiful techniques and shares her vast knowledge. Even this avowed 'caner' is excited about trying the many surface techniques from this book (steering me away from caning isn't easy to do!). I highly recommend that clayers from beginner to advanced add this latest of Donna's books to their libraries. I don't think I can praise it highly enough! It's a beautiful book...a 'classic'.
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