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Polymer Clay Global Perspectives: Emerging Ideas and Techniques from 125 International Artists by [Tinapple, Cynthia]
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About the Author

CYNTHIA TINAPPLE is the founder of the blog Polymer Clay Daily, a showcase for polymer clay art and a portal for the polymer clay community. A lifetime member of the International Polymer Clay Guild, she lectures at national and international craft and polymer clay conferences and teaches classes online. She has worked as a polymer clay artist since the late 1980s, collaborating with her husband, woodworker Blair Davis, to embellish his turned bowls and other objects with polymer clay inlay designs.

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  • File Size: 47833 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (July 30, 2013)
  • Publication Date: July 30, 2013
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BABTC84
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This book in much more about the artists than specific techniques. Knowing that going in, I did not expect an instructional book per se, so that was not a disappointment. It's subtitle states "emerging ideas and techniques from 125 international artists". This book in much more about ideas and artists. However, I found very few interesting techniques or exciting work. There are dozens of better instructional books out there. There was just not much in this book that "knocked my socks off" the way other books have. If you expect this to be comparable to "Masters of Polymer Clay" you may be more than a bit disappointed as I was.

In summary, I just didn't find much in the way of style OR technique. When a technique was described, it was done so briefly. Art is obviously subjective, and having said that, your mileage may vary. If you're a book collector of things that interest you, as I am, then go ahead and add this one to your shelf. It is reasonably priced with lots of content, so from that perspective, I guess it's a fair value, but it's just not my cup of tea. No offense to the author or those reviewers that loved the book. I gave the book 3 stars of effort. Not content.
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As an avid polymer clay enthusiast, I was very interested to see the "global perspective" offered in this book. It starts with a history and overview of the medium and the chapters focus on eight different ways polymer clay is commonly used. Interviews with clay artists provide insights into the craft, as well as their motivations for choosing polymer as their way to express themselves.

My favorite part of the book is when the artists shared how to make one of their signature creations in a step by step tutorial. It was fascinating for me to see the styles from all over the world and to get a glimpse into their personal perspective on clay, art and the world around them. I really enjoyed the book and am learning several new techniques from it.
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I have been waiting for this book since I heard about it months ago. The bad thing about anticipation is that fulfillment can sometimes be a letdown. That is NOT the case here. If you enjoy polymer clay, you must get this book. If you LOVE polymer clay, and know the artist through her Polymer Clay Daily blog, you've probably already ordered it. It arrived today and I checked every page to acquaint myself with it quickly. There's something for every style and niche, whether you make miniature food or bracelets or wall art or figures or beads or or or...

I don't know how long it will take me to read every word in the book, because the inspiration it provides sends one rushing to the clay table to put the inspiration into action. Cynthia has proven with this book what so many people say about "polymer clay people": they're possessed of beautiful spirits and boundless generosity. Enjoy your treasure. Karen Lee Price Luda
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This book covers a variety of uses for polymer clay, with basic instruction on using polymer clay also. The projects cover everything from jewelry to wall art. There are has 13 projects that will please beginner and advanced polymer clay user alike. The many gallery pictures are beautiful and quite inspiring. Overall a good addition to a personal library.
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When a new polymer clay book arrives my process is to browse the pictures first then explore the articles. I rarely read the intro and basic information but this book caught me by surprise and I find myself reading every story word for word and was especially fascinated by the "Accessing Your Work" section.

I am an experienced polymer artist and was surprised to learn so many new techniques. Eva Haskova's article sent me running to the studio to create something with the wonderful color blends she used for her "Colorful Rays Spiral Pendant." To see the different ways a hanger can be inserted, a surface can be textured and painted and a new spin on making hollow beads excites me and even though I may not want to create a piece the way the artist did I have learned from their creative journey. Thanks so much for bringing this book to life Cynthia.
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It seems to me that there are some polymer clay "celebrities" that are seen more than other artists working in this medium. While they are certainly worthy of any and all acclaim they may get, it is nice to see what other polymer clay artists are doing, especially outside North America. That being said, I never expected a how-to book. It's more than a 500 series book though. It turned out to be everything I wanted it to be.
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not interesting and not informative. cover is deceptive as to what's in the book. no learning curve here. think description on-line did not give enough information as to how boring this book would be. didn't compare to 500 series books.
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This book has beautiful work displayed from artists all around the world. I was very disappointed that very little technical knowledge was shared. You're not able to expand the pictures, only the text which is ironic since there's not enough technique sharing. If the book says polymer clay ideas from artists around the world, the least it would allow the reader the ability to zoom in and admire their work better. I don't recommend this book if you're interested in extending your knowledge with polymer clay. It's mostly the artist biography how each were influenced to work with polymer clay.
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