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How to Make Clay Characters Paperback – March 15, 1997
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Polymer clay figures used as characters in cartoon films are familiar to us. Because the clay is so easily worked, it is not difficult to make one's own figures to use in doll houses or other miniature settings. Carlson's manual includes general information on supplies and techniques as well as step-by-step projects for a variety of representative figures from a wide range of age groups. The color illustrations showing work in progress as well as finished figures are excellent, and the often humorous clothed characters are portrayed doing many activities.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
For close to a decade now, crafters of many ages have been enjoying the fruits of polymer clays (aka Fimo, Sculpey, and by other brand names) as easy-to-fashion materials for jewelry. Self-taught artisan Carlson raises the bar and concocts 21 personable creatures few will be able to resist. Even better are the marvelously detailed instructions, from the formation of hands, feet, and faces, to solving 21 common problems, such as crumbly clay and (horrors!) breakage. Though needed amounts of material and finished sizes are not included in the directions, very little is omitted in transforming a once humble material into very realistic beings: included are color photographs, clothing templates, explicit instructions about equipment and basic techniques, and other tips (e.g., prebake the eyeballs). Something from the oven that shows a professional artist at work. Barbara Jacobs
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I have been making polymer clay figures for over ten years, and have used some of Maureen Carlson's techniques which formerly were only available in magazines which I just "happened" to read and buy. Now, with this book, I have all the information that I need to get the cute smiles and playful positions for my polymer clay characters. In addition, this book shares Maureen's time-tested methods of making clothing, armatures and adornments that give her characters their special and unique appeal.
I highly rate and recommend this book to anyone, novice or experienced, who has the desire to produce their own Santa Claus or Tooth Fairy, or favourite charachter. With this book, and a little creative ingenuity on your own, your are equipped to create the delightful little folk out of this expressive medium.
I have fought for months to make a realistic looking face/head on a figurine. The lessons in this book made it easy and I was able to complete a sculpted face for the first time.
There's a lot of information packed into this book on making clothing, faces of all ages, hands, and realistic looking and cartoonish looking figurines.
I highly recommend the book if you're having trouble creating good faces. It's not as hard as it looks, just go step by step like the book shows.