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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823026671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823026678
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Judy Belcher and Tamara Honaman's new book, Polymer Clay Master Class: Exploring Process, Technique, and Collaboration with 11 Master Artists can be used as a 'how-to' book, however that is not its main attribute.  Lots of publications tell you how to make something through carefully written text steps and accompanying photos, but Polymer Clay Master Class goes beyond that and examines the creative process itself. Unlike the others, this volume offers an opportunity to read 'between the lines' along the path of creating." --Polymer Art Archive

About the Author

JUDY BELCHER has been creating jewelry for more than a decade, and teaches workshops and speaks internationally, sharing her fascination with polymer. She is the author of Polymer Clay Creative Traditions and coauthor of several other books. She has served as the president of the International Polymer Clay Association and is active in several other arts organizations. Visit her online at www.judybelcherdesigns.com.
TAMARA HONAMAN has been creating jewelry for twenty years and has been sharing her knowledge through teaching, publications, and videos. She contributes jewelry-making education to Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, is the founding editor of Step-by-Step Beads, and has been an editor for numerous other publications, including technical editor for Metal Clay Jewelry.
 

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Customer Reviews

I've bought this book before but misplaced it so I'm buying it a second time because I love it that much.
Del-mari Fransson
Took me along time to get through this book because I am one that looks at detail and this book sure has it.
Kathryn E. Brigger
Learning about the artists collaborative projects as well as their independent designs was very insightful.
andrea d.

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mjski on February 8, 2013
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Maybe my review is colored by the fact that the Amazon "preview" was a screenshot of the cover and I bought this on faith after reading the reviews, both 5 stars and 1 star. I got burnt. The authors work is wondrous. The narrative of how they collaborated is boring. The instructions and illustrations are minimal and vague, almost as if the authors don't want you to duplicate their results, unlike many master artists in history.

If Amazon had a decent preview of the instructions in this book, I would not have bought it. Live and learn ... I'll not buy another Amazon book without a decent preview.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Flynn on January 2, 2013
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I purchased this book out of curiosity, drawn to its beautiful images. I discovered readable text, clear instructions with pictures to match, and most surprisingly of all a story of collaboration and consideration. The concept for this book was brilliant, and I hope Ms. Honaman and Ms. Belcher bring more artists together in this manner in the future. Well done, well worth the price!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By CuteEverything TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 6, 2013
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My daughter and I have been studying and working with polymer clay for several years and we have a pretty good handle on the basics of the craft. I was glad to see we could get some additional ideas and learn some more techniques from this book. There are tips for how to save and store clay, as well as many other helpful hints. I appreciated the instructions for blending and other advanced techniques not covered in my more basic books.

Polymer Clay Master Class is based on an interesting concept of collaboration of artist teams. In the book, each artist in the team is profiled and some of their pieces are shown to give an idea what they bring to the table. After that, each team member presents a new design with complete instructions. Then the two artists complete an artwork that bring their unique talents together and highlights their strengths. It was really fascinating for me to see their personal styles come out in the collaborative designs.

As you can imagine, there is a broad variety of suggestions in Polymer Clay Master Class, including ideas like lots of gorgeous jewelry, rock embellished dishware and wall hangings. My daughter referenced a little sculpture project and came up with her own idea of an "emo" girl who has three heads you can swap out to show how she feels that day. It turned out so cute! I would definitely recommend this book as an excellent book of polymer clay concepts and creations.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shelly Thomas on January 13, 2013
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This is a great book showing diverse ideas and techniques. It was inspiring in the areas of sculpture as well as jewelry.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Zoon McFilfer on January 13, 2013
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If you are looking for a book that has step by step polymer clay projects than this book is for you. If your looking for a book that takes you inside the minds of the artist that created those projects then this book is for you too. I own almost every book about polymer clay and this one is by far one of the best yet. You get to see how artist work and make things in many different ways.

First you have the 21 step by step projects, beautifully photographed and easy to understand. I have not made anything yet but from what I have read I feel i could make any of the projects. On top of that you get to take a peek into how artist think and work when they collaborate. These Projects take you past the steps and into the thought behind them. If you have ever wondered how these masters come up with the ideas that they do and how they turn them into real pieces of art then this is a must own book.

The book is kind of like an episode of a reality show in book form. its not like any art book i have ever seen. Image you are a fly on the wall in a house filled with artist. thats kind of what this book is.

Weather your a polymer clay beginner or seasoned veteran this book has something to offer. In fact, even if you have never touched polymer clay before and never plan to, but are interested in taking a glimpse in to the artistic process than you won't want to miss this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robin Milne on May 15, 2013
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This book is one of the best polymer books out there. The projects are new and different with step by step directions that seem well thought out and complete. Photography is exceptional and it covers a variety of techniques and styles. What makes this book different than the other really good project books is the look inside the artists mind. I enjoyed seeing the thought processes of each artist as they worked through their concepts to execution and how they were able to work together with artists that had different styles and work habits. The book goes over all basic techniques but is one of the few books that can also accommodate experienced clayers. Most polymer books get flipped through for projects and used to follow the step by steps to learn a technique. This book has all that and more. I read this book cover to cover and enjoyed the story of how this group of artists created several collaborative projects and describe their working process, strengths and weaknesses. I consider Polymer Clay Master Class a must have for all polymer artists but I believe artists of any media would enjoy and benefit from the story of the collaborative experience. - Robin Milne (Pres. NJ Polymer Clay Guild)
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