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Steampunkery: Polymer Clay and Mixed Media Projects Paperback – January 16, 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: CF Books (January 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980231469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980231465
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #675,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Bennett VINE VOICE on January 27, 2010
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I'm a big fan of Christi Friesen. When I decided to try my hand at polymer clay, it was her dragon book that I started with. Her books are so easy to follow. Even with me being a beginner, I felt like a pro when I was done. Her instructions are easy and fun. I ended up buying all her books but still the Dragons book was hands down my favorite. Then came along Steampunkery. It's chocked full of ideas, still has Christi's wit, and even displays other artists work. I had so much fun with this book. Her ideas are endless. I didn't know much about Steampunk until I saw it on her website. I immediately fell in love. Now I'm becoming a Steampunk fanatic. Even if you don't care for Steampunk, this book is full of ideas that you can makeshift into your own work of art. If you like Steampunk, Christi's other books or just having fun with polymer clay... I highly recommend this book!
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I fell in love with Christi's style when I saw her dragons...and I bought every book she had at the time, and have bought every book as she finishes them. Steampunkery is just as wonderful as her other...heck better since it's bigger! Her easy going teaching style, with loads of tips and laughs make just reading the book sheer joy. The projects are fantastic. This book is a great investment even if *gasp* you don't like Steampunk...the project in it could easily be made without the gears, and bit and bobs and they would turn out wonderfully!
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I want to say that I LOVE this book. I made my first real polymer clay project after getting this book and it was great. the step by step instructions (and images) are super helpful and all the pieces are really creative and inspirational. Even if you don't want to make anything exactly from the book there's a lot of cool ideas to get you started. I don't know that i would call all of these things steampunk (some more than others) but they are definitely cool and you can obviously get an idea of what's in the book by looking at the photos provided.

the one downfall is that the book isn't bound really well. the first time i opened it one of the pages came out, and during my first project 2 more did. I think i'm going to just take out all the pages and bind them in a small binder with plastic sleeves (cause the book is great and I plan to make more things inspired from it).

That being said, i love the book and i'm really glad I got it. :)
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This book has some pretty cool designs and seemingly easy tutorials to follow. There are step by step directions with very pretty image examples to view. I like that it also provides resources to find items that you may be searching for in the back of the book.

What I don't like is the binding, absolutely crappy. I purchased my book 6 months ago and have only looked through it a handful of times...half the book has come unglued and the pages have fallen out. I hope in the future the manufacturer will use a method to bind the book where it will stay a book...other than that, this book is pretty awesome to follow. I will still give it 5 stars since the binding has nothing to do with the author or tutorial, it's more so for you to be aware that you are buying a cheap book. Literally.
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This is the newest polymer clay book by Christi Friesen. It's a little different from the beyond series that she does, in that you use mixed media(for the steampunk parts). The projects are shown step by step and are easily doable. A few of my favorites are the dragonfly, chameleon, and the "sea-thru" pendant with the steampunk fish. There are about 9 projects in this book total, plus tips and ideas. and wit..don't forget wit! This book was just plain fun to look at. I have all of the author's books and i love every one of them!
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Another home run for Christi in the production of this polymer clay design book. It was rated for all skill levels and I would wholeheartedly agree. What I like about Christi's books is that she does an excellent job of demonstrating her techniques in a manner that even a novice could follow. Images throughout with written explanations, and demonstrating each aspect of of project with the tools needed to accomplish the necessary steps in a manner that a novice can follow is her strong suite. I love exotic textures and vibrant colors which is something her books gives you. There is never a dull page and you can be challenged in to expanding beyond with her helpful hints. The projects in this book are just charmingly playful, and not overly dark. What I mean is that many of the steampunk themes tend to give you that distressed look with more monochromatic color schemes. Although I do like them I love vibrant colors much more. Her nautical projects are just delightful and if you don't really need to have her exact findings as you can substitute whatever you fancy or have around. I took some of her project ideas and used them to make mixed media tiles, and color substitution was easy. I will be looking for more of Christi's books. Amazon offers many pricing levels and I don't mind buying used.
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When I first got this book i must have flipped through it 20 times, each time seeing something new or a little tip here and there tucked among the impressively designed pages. I was, however, a little disappointed by how small the book was. The pages are very short and you really have to crank the book open to read all the information near the binding. I'm assuming that's where everyone is having the binding problem. I like the book enough to put some effort into converting it to a spiral bound or 3 hole punch folder. I haven't tried any of the projects yet, but I bet it will be a pain to keep the book open on the right page without placing a brick on the book or something crazy to keep it still lol.

Anyway, the writing is excellent and very interesting. Lots of cute humor scattered throughout the directions keep it fun and light reading. Great color pictures and directions for mixing colors and materials. Overall very informative book, great eye candy with a perfect mix of projects and inspirational guest artist highlights. I'm very happy to add it to my Polymer Clay library!
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