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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (July 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823085902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823085903
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

CYNTHIA TINAPPLE is the founder of the blog Polymer Clay Daily, a showcase for polymer clay art and a portal for the polymer clay community. A lifetime member of the International Polymer Clay Guild, she lectures at national and international craft and polymer clay conferences and teaches classes online. She has worked as a polymer clay artist since the late 1980s, collaborating with her husband, woodworker Blair Davis, to embellish his turned bowls and other objects with polymer clay inlay designs.

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If you enjoy polymer clay, you must get this book.
Karen Lee Price
There is is both a "how to" section and a tribute to the great artists who reached the most stunning results and spread new ways to express creativity.
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I got my book yesterday and immediately started reading it cover to cover.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Frank T on July 30, 2013
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This book in much more about the artists than specific techniques. Knowing that going in, I did not expect an instructional book per se, so that was not a disappointment. It's subtitle states "emerging ideas and techniques from 125 international artists". This book in much more about ideas and artists. However, I found very few interesting techniques or exciting work. There are dozens of better instructional books out there. There was just not much in this book that "knocked my socks off" the way other books have. If you expect this to be comparable to "Masters of Polymer Clay" you may be more than a bit disappointed as I was.

In summary, I just didn't find much in the way of style OR technique. When a technique was described, it was done so briefly. Art is obviously subjective, and having said that, your mileage may vary. If you're a book collector of things that interest you, as I am, then go ahead and add this one to your shelf. It is reasonably priced with lots of content, so from that perspective, I guess it's a fair value, but it's just not my cup of tea. No offense to the author or those reviewers that loved the book. I gave the book 3 stars of effort. Not content.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By CuteEverything TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 1, 2013
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As an avid polymer clay enthusiast, I was very interested to see the "global perspective" offered in this book. It starts with a history and overview of the medium and the chapters focus on eight different ways polymer clay is commonly used. Interviews with clay artists provide insights into the craft, as well as their motivations for choosing polymer as their way to express themselves.

My favorite part of the book is when the artists shared how to make one of their signature creations in a step by step tutorial. It was fascinating for me to see the styles from all over the world and to get a glimpse into their personal perspective on clay, art and the world around them. I really enjoyed the book and am learning several new techniques from it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 30, 2013
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This book covers a variety of uses for polymer clay, with basic instruction on using polymer clay also. The projects cover everything from jewelry to wall art. There are has 13 projects that will please beginner and advanced polymer clay user alike. The many gallery pictures are beautiful and quite inspiring. Overall a good addition to a personal library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karen Lee Price on July 30, 2013
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I have been waiting for this book since I heard about it months ago. The bad thing about anticipation is that fulfillment can sometimes be a letdown. That is NOT the case here. If you enjoy polymer clay, you must get this book. If you LOVE polymer clay, and know the artist through her Polymer Clay Daily blog, you've probably already ordered it. It arrived today and I checked every page to acquaint myself with it quickly. There's something for every style and niche, whether you make miniature food or bracelets or wall art or figures or beads or or or...

I don't know how long it will take me to read every word in the book, because the inspiration it provides sends one rushing to the clay table to put the inspiration into action. Cynthia has proven with this book what so many people say about "polymer clay people": they're possessed of beautiful spirits and boundless generosity. Enjoy your treasure. Karen Lee Price Luda
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rj on January 21, 2014
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Lots and lots of pictures that don't show you how to make all the items in the pictures.
Don't show me stuff without a pattern.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura Borrego on November 6, 2013
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I'm a little disappointed I bought through the tutorials It has fewer tutorials than expected. Some tutorials seem incomplete in their explanations
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 3, 2013
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Great wonderful new inventive ideas! a must for the polymer clay artist who thinks outside the box! Or at least wants fresh ideas on how to design one :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luann Udell on November 29, 2013
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Cynthia Tinapple has done all the heavy work for us. She's gathered a widely-varied and highly-talented new generation of polymer clay artists from around the world, and presented them in a beautiful book for our enjoyment. Gratifying, entertaining and inspirational. Thank you, Cynthia!
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