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It's hard to imagine a material more versatile than polymer clay. What other medium yields perfectly convincing simulations of everything from marble, wood, ivory, and jade to metal, porcelain, mosaic, enamel, and semiprecious stones--not to mention flowers, food, and sculptural forms? With a thoroughness rarely found in other books on the subject, Sue Heaser explains all of these methods and more, supplementing her excellent instructions with good, clear photos. Although she includes a number of full step-by-step projects, this is primarily a techniques-driven presentation. Beginning with the preliminaries of materials, preparation, color mixing, baking, and other basics, Heaser then moves on to clay manipulation (beads, millefiori, molds, vessels, frames, flowers), sculpting (simple animals, faces, armatured figures), embellished treatments (stamping, painting, metallic effects, image transfers), and simulations (stones, antique effects, wood, miniatures). Chapter-opening spreads showcase exquisite works by a variety of polymer clay artists, and a helpful appendix compares the handling properties of all the leading polymer clay brands. Beginners will most likely be more comfortable with a more project-oriented approach, but anyone already bitten by the polymer clay bug will find this an essential idea book. --Amy Handy

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The variety of colorful creations that can be made with polymer clay seems endless, and successful results can be had with any level of expertise. These two books explore advanced techniques and artistic design. Well illustrated with works by polymer clay artists, they include projects for intricately pieced and shaped jewelry and art objects. The Polymer Clay Technique Book, in particular, has detailed step-by-step instructions for many techniques such as marbling, cutting, and making millefiori canes. Both are good additions to arts and crafts collections.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (October 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581800088
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581800081
  • ASIN: B00DTP0IIW
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,489,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Sue Heaser has worked professionally as a writer for over 20 years and is the author of 15 major craft books as well as a growing list of eBooks that are available world wide. She specialises in polymer clay, metal clay, jewellery making and miniatures. She also writes fiction and has published two musicals for children.

After a childhood spent in the Far East, Middle East and Africa, Sue studied at art college and university in Great Britain. She first worked as an archaeological illustrator before turning to a career as a writer, designer and teacher.

She has taught polymer clay and metal clay workshops all over the world as well as on cruise ships. She is a qualified Art Clay Senior Instructor and has taken Master classes in the subject in Japan. She founded the British Polymer Clay Guild in 1997 and Art Clay World UK Guild in 2005. She is an accomplished artist working in oils and watercolour and teaches regular art classes.

Sue is married with two daughters and lives in rural Suffolk, England, UK. She is a keen musician and plays the violin, viola and piano accordion. She also enjoys sailing, swimming - and mountain hiking with her sketchbook in hand.

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133 of 134 people found the following review helpful By Pörrö Sahlberg on January 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
Polymer clay is not only very versatile medium but also it is a medium where people that did not know having any artistic skills can achieve great results if getting good instructions. Sue Heasers book is excellent example of how all craft books should be written: There are hundreds of inspiring photographs in the book that give plenty of ideas. There are dozens of projects that really are unique and not only variations of previous projects. All the instructions are so well written than even a beginner without any prior knowledge about polyclay could easily do the projects.
I would recommend this book for anyone who is new with polyclay or has not even heard about polyclay before because I feel that after reading this book a person would know so much about different techniques with polyclay. It also should be in any serious clayers bookshelf just because it is the only book so far that has such a good overall look to most of the new and different tehniques and ideas that have kept the polyclaying community busy.
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115 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Ivy on September 1, 2000
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Sue Heaser's Polymer Clay Techniques Book is the third, and most inclusive, in a line of great technique-based PC books. (The first two were Nan Roche's The New Clay and Donna Kato's The Art of Polymer Clay.) Unlike most project-based books, technique books are treasure troves of information, hints, methods, and practice in the art of polymer clay, and while the movice clayer may find more of use in a project book, all other clayers will find technique books more useful.
The PCTB has a lively, interesting format, and covers topics not previously discussed in any detail in technique books - like miniature making (foods, etc.), which is a frequent use of polymer clay. Sue Heaser herself is a skilled and versatile PC worker, and she's managed, in this book, to be as inclusive and informative as a single PC author ever will be. (I do continue to hope for a technique book that has one editor and many authors, one for each are of PC use.) There is simply no way to go into detail on the nature of the info in this book; there's too much of it. Suffice to say that very few clayers could read this book cover to cover and learn nothing new or useful.
PC workers of all levels will find this an invaluable, useful addition to the PC library. Definitely one of the top five books currently available on the subject, and a suitable gift for any clayer who doesn't have it yet.
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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 2000
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I have just finished the new polymer book by Sue Heaser. It is a veritable feast of polymer clay techniques! This wonderful book starts with a section of basic information; color mixing, carving, cutting, drilling, gluing and varnishing, just a taste of what's covered. The second section,"Manipulating the Clay", includes information on millefiori techniques, mosaics, peitre dure, molding, gold clay effects and much more, presented in project format and lavishly illustrated. Additionally, there are sections on "Sculpting", "Decoration & Embellishment", and "Clay Simulations and Inclusions". Illustrated with many photographs, materials lists & step by step instructions, it's great for novice, intermediate, or advanced polymer clay artisans. To wet the appetite of inspiration, there are lots of pictures of the creations of polymer artists. All in all, it's a book worth adding to your polymer clay library. It could just as well be called "Polymer Clay from Soup to Nuts" very Tasty!
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Amber Killinger on June 25, 2002
Format: Paperback
I really enjoy this book by Sue Heaser. I am new to the world of Polymer clay, and found this book extremely easy to understand. I also have her book "Making Polymer Clay Jewellery" but like "The Polymer Clay Techniques Book" best. Included in the book, is how to make beads, buttons, millefiori, cabochons, Mokume Gane, faux finishes like stone, antiquing, etc. Another book I'd recommend that has great techniques and pictures, is "The Art of Polymer Clay" by Donna Kato. Both of these are very well written and provide a lot of inspiration! Donna Kato's book seems to have more advanced techniques.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Marta on September 12, 2004
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Me and my husband just got excited about polymer clay and wanted to buy a good beginner's book. This book was our second choice - the first one we had to return, the instructions were so confusing that we got quite discouraged. Than we bought this book, and found a treasury of fascinating techniques and the detailed descriptions we needed to get started. The instructions are very clear, with lot's of pictures that show the right things. The techniques start out very basic and get progressively more advanced. Every question we asked had an answer in this book. In addition, it has a wealth of great project ideas and a gallery of beautiful artwork.

Very well written, I recommend it to everyone who is starting out with polymer clay.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By carolyn on October 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book was a real surprise! I try to teach as much as possible and this will be a favorite "text" for me to present to my students. Ms. Heaser covers the entire realm of known techniques and approaches each one with accurate photographs and instructions. I rarely do sculptural work, but with the help of this book I will be able to introduce it to students that enjoy more 3D projects. The collection of works she chose is wonderful and inspiring. This book belongs in all school libraries and artists collections.
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