Everyone can achieve great results with polymer clay. With the 50+ techniques in this book, readers can create polymer clay buttons or boxes or anything in between. Starting with the very basics (such as rolling, baking and gluing), it then moves on to more advanced methods: marbling, texturing, millefiori, bead-making, faux-stone effects and more. Feature spreads show exciting ways to combine techniques. A comprehensive guide to the medium, complete with everything from a listing of necessary tools and materials to inspiring examples of polymer clay art.
A comprehensive guide to one of the most popular and versatile mediums available to crafters
Shows how to create jewelry and decorative art with polymer clay, teaching basic techniques and offering such projects as floral forms, moldmaking, figurines, and mosaic bowls, in an updated handbook that includes new information on tools, clays, supplies, conditioning, and safety. Original.
Polymer Clay 101
Author: Kim Otterbein, Angela Mabray
Publisher: Creative Publishing international
Polymer Clay 101 teaches all the basics for crafting with polymer clay. With hundreds of detailed photos, it covers tools and supplies, all types of beading technique, and terrific projects that will get you started and inspire you to take your skills and make your own custom designs.
Box making has always been one of the perennial favourites of all wood projects and because wooden boxes make such meaningful gifts, this collection of beautiful, durable and functional box projects is sure to please. All of the designs are based on traditional boxes, historically inspired by Shaker, Arts & Crafts, and other popular styles. But this is not a book of exacting reproductions for master craftsmen only, these are attainable interpretations of some of the most enduring box designs, all presented in a step-by-step format, with photos and detailed instructions. The author, a fine-furniture maker, offers tried-and-true tips for avoiding pitfalls as well as alternative design and construction options. Most of the boxes are easy to build, though a few offer challenges. A wide array of design styles and the consistent high level of detail in the projects will appeal to a range of woodworkers.
Polymer Clay Beads
Author: Grant Diffendaffer
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company
An introduction to polymer clay beading offers detailed instruction in twenty different crafting techniques, as well as a host of different bead ideas, including hand-formed tubes, spheres, wedges, teardrops, baguettes, and other shapes, many embellished with a variety of materials.
Describes the materials and techniques used to create such polymer clay objects as beaded baskets, jewelry, drapery rod ends, buttons, bird houses, and chess pieces
Artful Polymer Clay
Author: Gail Ritchey
Publisher: Kalmbach Books
Gail Ritchey is known for her innovative uses of polymer clay in home decor items, jewelry, and miniatures. She brings a wealth of experience to this collection of 23 fun and beautiful projects that require no special skills or classes. Chapters are divided by techniques such as molding, rolling, shaping, marbling, cutting, punching, stamping, chatoyant, extruding, and mokume gane. Beginner and intermediate artisans can quickly start making elegant cameos, vases, frames, containers, and other attractive and useful objects by following Ritchey's simple, step-by-step techniques.
The Art of Jewelry
Author: Katherine Duncan Aimone
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
Available in a myriad of colors and sheens, polymer clay can be cut, shaped, sculpted, and altered in many ways. For that reason, it's a wonderful medium for making jewelry. Today's leading artists show you how to push the envelope of this malleable material with an array of gorgeous brooches, pendants, pins, bracelets, and earrings. Using a variety of surface techniques will inform you and inspire you to create your own distinctive designs. Book jacket.
Polymer clay has grown and grown and grown in popularity since the publication of Donna Kato’s best-selling The Art of Polymer Clay in 1997. And there have been so many technical advances, too. Now poly-diva Donna Kato presents an all-new look at one of crafters’ all-time favorite mediums. Donna Kato’s Polymer Clay Innovations begins with the essentials of polymer clay, including its working properties, plus tools, curing, safety recommendations, and color blending (with full information on the now-indispensable Skinner Blend). Photo-packed chapters focus on exciting projects—beads, bracelets, pins, pendants, and boxes--and showcase new techniques, including image transfers, surface treatments such as stencils, stamps, paints, and inks, sculpting, inclusions, special effects, and finishing. Finished pieces by some of the biggest names in polymer clay, including Kathleen Dustin, Pier Voulkos, and Nan Roche, plus Donna Kato herself, offer ideas and inspiration.
A thousand and one ideas for making beautiful polymer clay millefiori. In Venetian glassmaking, slender rods of molten glass are shaped, then cut to reveal amazingly detailed patterns: flowers, geometric shapes, dancing colors. These slices are called millefiori, “thousand flowers,” because they form a carpet of flowers when placed side by side. Now celebrity author Donna Kato shows crafters exactly how to re-create these intricate, fascinating designs in polymer clay. The Art of Polymer Clay Millefiori Techniques reveals the entire process: how to work with the polymer clay, the basics of planning and creating a cane, and using color effectively. Dozens of canes, from simple to simply stunning, are included, and everything is clearly explained and illustrated with full-color photos, the Donna Kato way. Throughout the book, examples of stunning work by such millefiori artists as Kathy Amt, Pier Voulkos, and Kathleen Dustin provide inspiration. There must be a thousand ways to make beautiful millefiori . . . explore them all in The Art of Polymer Clay Millefiori Techniques. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: Irene Semanchuk Dean
Publisher: Lark Books
Provides step-by-step instructions for creating twenty objects from polymer clay, as well as an explanation of the various tools required to make these and many other decorative clay products.
Polymer Clay Master Class
Author: Judy Belcher, Tamara Honaman
Explores the signature techniques and creative influences of top artists in polymer clay as demonstrated by 15 instructive projects that utilize a range of styles and methods, in a volume that includes contributions by such masters as Lindly Haunani, Sarah Ahriver and Robert Dancik. Original.
Mixed media brings lots of new possibilities to polymer clay crafting. Polymer Clay and Mixed Media—Together at Last is about making polymer clay figures—jewelry pieces, focal beads, décor items, knick-knacks—and incorporating beads, fibers, fabrics, glass, stones, etc. to create special effects. Embellishing polymer clay with mixed media adds a sophistication and richness without making the projects complicated or inaccessible to the average crafter.
Provides the materials needed, the basic techniques, and instructions for a large number of craft projects with polymer clay. Includes a photo gallery of works by professional artists.