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Polymer Clay Jewelry Paperback – June 10, 2004
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Debbie Jackson's has been teaching art for the past 30 years. Her work has been published in several books including Polymer Clay: Creating Functional and Decorative Objects and Polymer Clay: The Chameleon Clay.
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Polymer Clay Jewelry
Polymer Clay Beads by Gander Diffendaffer is obviously the work of a master craftsman. While geared toward beginners this is not a "hold your hand" kind of book. Good information on the tools needed and clay selection and then Gander dives right into Millefiori techniques. Great illustrations and a very straight forward and workman like approach to clay handling and Tools. Gander's approach is not in jewelry construction, but how to use clay in the best possible way to let the beauty of the media shine through. He shows the big techniques and some basic ways to use the resulting clay as well as how to finish your beads. If you want to become a master with polymer clay beads, buy this book. Before you even puchase your first pack of clay, you will have a good idea of how you want to approach the art and craft of Polymer Clay.
In the same shipment I received Debbie Jacksons Polymer Clay Jewelry. Two books could never be more different. While Ms. Jackson has obvious talent, she is more of an all around crafter in her approach. She covers the basics, then jumps into step by step jewelry projects. Only a few of the projects are to my taste, however she has great ideas in combining media and a nice way with showing different techniques that I had never considered in Jewelry construction. Great tips on making you finished work look more professional.
This book has nice projects which seem to be geared toward a variety of ethnic cultures. There is everything from African styles to Oriental. Her approach is very organic, with a definate style of her own. I prefer more refined finishes, but a beginner can absolutely produce nice pieces if you follow her step by step approach.
To be fair to Ms. Jackson, I had practically consumed the first half of Mr. Diffendaffer's book when I opened hers and it felt somewhat like backing up since they have very different approaches to learning this Art. Both books are good in their own way, but I hope this helps you chose the one that is right for you!