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Dragons: The CF Polymer Clay Sculpture Series Paperback – November 15, 2005
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About the Author
Author biography: Christi Friesen was born at a very young age, kidnapped and raised by lemmings. She escaped to California where she got married, had various wonderful kids, and amassed credit card bills. She is currently considering having a midlife crisis, unless there's something good on television.
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Obviously, author and crafter Friesen pulls out all the "cutesy" stops--presenting a cavalcade of around thirteen dragon examples that at best can only be used to craft extremely costume-y pieces of jewelry. Her examples work much better as sculptures--as focal beads or even brooches, the size is just too large and the style remarkably geared towards the "young-at-heart." I would have liked to see the finished necklace on somebody's neck so that I could judge the scale with the amount of detail. This is not an extreme criticism--I found the howling expression on "Old Yeller" to be quite cute. 'Emeraldine" has a forlorn character that sparks with personality. However, the rest of Friesen's dragon herd are forgettable--no aggressive fire-breathers here. In fact, that is what I expected to see--a design with fire literally spraying from the dragons mouth attached to a necklace in such a way that I could swear that either Viserion, Rhaegal or Drogon in miniature format had appeared from the pages of A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1).
In spite of her graphic novel format, Friesen does give some good advise on the crafting of the eyes which can be used in the construction of any polymer clay creature. Her texture tips rate just an "okay." If you follow the construction of dragon Wenedyll from start to finish, you will learn how to create a finished form. Where Friesen fails is in her inability to show variety and her almost obnoxious attempt to be a little too flippant and silly in her approach. While this might appeal to some, it does not to me. For almost $10, I expected a lot more book with a lot more examples--not the same style and stingy vision.
Bottom line? I will not be purchasing any more books in the CF Polymer Clay Series. There are far more meatier books out there that reflect individual artistic styles with more versatility. The Art of Polymer Clay Millefiori Techniques: Projects and Inspiration for Creative Canework,Creating Lifelike Figures in Polymer Clay: Tools and Techniques for Sculpting Realistic Figures and Polymer Clay Global Perspectives: Emerging Ideas and Techniques from 125 International Artists are just a few. None of them addresses the sculpting of dragons, but surely your own artistic imagination will take flight and with the techniques gleaned from other clay artists, new dragons will be hatched and used as embellishments for your personally crafted jewelry.
Diana Faillace Von Behren
Humor, clear pictures, and precise instructions in the book will make "Here. There be dragons." a reality.
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