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Clay Art for Special Occasions Spiral-bound – November 17, 2009
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Well I have now been circling the "clay flowers" wagon and my feet are doing another happy dance as I pursue this latest craft. I never dreamed of being able to create such gorgeous bouquets using such a standard medium but Yukiko Miyai has become an instructor extraordinaire!!
"Clay Art for Special Occasions" is the continuing education of floral creations using a special modeling clay that air-dries to a spectacular finish and makes a person have to look closely in order to tell them apart from the real things!
Yukiko Miyai, who resides in the beautiful state of Hawaii, is the daughter of Kazuko Miyai, who herself is a talented and gifted clay artist, and who has passed along her love and talent of clay art to her daughter. Mrs. Miyai has also created the precise clay material which she perfected in her quest to make the most perfect clay models. Now Yukiko has continued and built this empire of beauty and elegance by writing this, her second book on the subject.
I purchased Yukiko's first book, "Clay Art for All Seasons" several years ago and have been most pleased with this art form. And there truly is a difference in the clay that I purchased through her company as opposed to the clay available at craft stores. You need a certain pliability and molding effects in order to capture the essence of the flower or project that you are working on, and the Clay-Craft products work beautifully. At the same time, though only Clay-Craft molds are shown in this book for the leaves and petals, etc, I have found the molds I use for making sugar flowers work just as well and may be more easily available.
In this particular book, Yukiko builds upon the foundation of clay floral creations that she taught us in her first book and assumes that most people are familiar with the basics of floral clay work, though she does have several pages at the beginning of the book to help the reader begin or refresh their memory. As you continue, there are photographs and accompanying charts for both tools and items used, how to work with this medium, the techniques used, as well as three color charts that give you a broad color palette of both primary and pastel colors.
This hardcover book is spiral bound with crystal clear, close photography of seven sections of floral and theme ideas, then ends with Templates and Patterns used in some of the projects. The sections themselves are:
Bridal Showers (cherry blossoms and peonies)
Weddings (ranunculus, tuberose and rose, hydrangea, and gardenia)
Baby Showers (baby shoes and butterflies)
Spring (basket, bird ornaments, poppies, and freesia)
Summer (cymbidium orchid, anthurium, and torch ginger)
Fall (dahlia, pear, and apple)
Christmas (Christmas stocking, reindeers, and Christmas trees)
Each project is given an introductory page with the finished photo as well as the tools and materials needed, then is followed with step-by-step photography.
My only longing was for more projects and perhaps closer photography in the steps but could it be that I need to get stronger glasses? :)
Another little hint of my own would be to consider placing beautiful glass or crystal pins in the center of some of the flowers or perhaps within the bouqet itself to catch the eye as the light hits the flowers. It can add a very dramatic and elegant look.
Thank you Yukiko; you are amazing! We look forward to your next book!
practice (a lot!) I will be able to. Having the book to show step-by-step is very helpful. And the pages being in a binder-
type book that can be folder over is great.
I have made many flowers with both books and have found this book a bible with all the hints and tips. This book would be a great present for a crafter that like to use clay or even sugar craft as I have used these techniques in making Sugar Craft flowers!